Redshirt junior guard Ali Patberg has been named this final Big Ten Player of the Week, announced by the league on Monday.
Patberg is coming off a week where she averaged 23.5 points, 5.5 assists, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals, 1.5 blocks and shot 63.3 percent from the floor in a pair of wins over Nebraska and at Michigan. She also held a +2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio and shot 75 percent at the free throw line.
Her efforts led Indiana to finish with its eighth-straight winning record at home as they closed out the regular season against the Huskers and the program’s first win at Michigan since 2009.
The Columbus, Ind. native led Indiana in scoring in both games last week as she scored 26 points on 11-for-18 shooting on a 4-for-7 effort from the 3-point line against Nebraska. She also added five rebounds, four assists, two steals and block. Against the Wolverines, she was 8-for-12 from the floor for 21 points and 2-for-2 from behind-the-arc. She distributed seven assists, tied a team-high three steals, grabbed three rebounds and had two blocks.
She becomes IU’s second player to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors this season with sophomore guard Grace Berger, who won the award on Nov. 25. It marks the first time since the 2005-06 season that Indiana has earned two player of the week honors when Cyndi Valentin won it (Dec. 13, 2005 and Feb. 13, 2006). Patberg was named to the league’s honor roll three times previously this season.
No. 4 seed IU will open up play at the Big Ten Tournament on Friday afternoon when it faces the winner of the Rutgers/Illinois or Wisconsin game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse at approximately 2:30 p.m. ET.
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