CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (UI Release) - Senior forward Karisma Penn (Shaker Heights, Ohio/Shaker Heights) was named the Ann Meyers Drysdale women's national player of the week for games ending the week of Sunday, Dec., 30, the U.S. Basketball Writers Association announced Wednesday.
As the Big Ten Conference Player of the Week, Penn was nominated for the weekly award, which was chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors from a list of Division I conference players of the week. Penn also was named espnW's national player of the week on Monday.
Penn scored 27 points on 64.7 percent shooting (11-of-17), grabbed a career-high 19 rebounds and had two blocked shots and a steal to lead the Illini to an 70-59 win over then-unbeaten and No. 6 Georgia. She is now Illinois' all-time shot blocking leader, having passed former Illini great Jenna Smith.
Penn leads the Illini into Big Ten play Wednesday night when they host No. 14 Purdue at the Assembly Hall at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased over the phone at 1-866-ILLINI-1 or at the Assembly Hall ticket office.
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