NORMAN — University of Oklahoma guard Aaryn Ellenberg has been named the Big 12 Conference women’s basketball Player of the Week.
Ellenberg was announced Monday as the winner of the weekly award after averaging 21.5 points and 8 rebounds in Preseason WNIT games against Gonzaga and Louisville.
Ellenberg scored 21 points in No. 10 OU’s 82-78 win over then-No. 25 Gonzaga and had 22 points and a career-high 12 rebounds in an overtime loss to No. 5 Louisville in the championship game. She also set a tournament record with 15 3-pointers in four tournament games.
Michigan State moves to No. 1 in AP poll
EAST LANSING, Mich. — Michigan State is No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll for the first time in 13 years.
The Spartans were easily No. 1 with 51 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. The Spartans earned the top spot by beating then-top-ranked Kentucky last week 78-74 in Chicago in the earliest matchup of the top two teams in the country.
Kansas, which beat Duke in the other game in the big doubleheader last week, moved from No. 5 to No. 2 and received seven first-place votes. Louisville stayed third and got the other seven first-place votes. Kentucky dropped to fourth and was followed by Arizona, Duke, Oklahoma State, Ohio State, Syracuse and VCU.
UConn women back to unanimous No. 1
The UConn women’s basketball team remains No. 1 in The Associated Press poll after easily sweeping three Top 25 teams.
The Huskies beat Stanford, Maryland and Penn State by an average of 18 points and once again are unanimous No. 1. UConn has a busy week with home games against Oregon, Boston University, Monmouth and St. Bonaventure.
Connecticut is followed by Duke, Tennessee, Louisville and Notre Dame.
Stanford fell three spots to sixth. Kentucky, Maryland, Baylor and Oklahoma round out the top 10.
California fell seven spots to No. 17 after losing at George Washington on Friday night.
DePaul came in at No. 25, the first team from the new Big East Conference to get ranked. Dayton dropped out of the poll after losing to Michigan State in overtime.
OSU, OU players earn Big 12 Player of Week awards
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma State’s Justin Gilbert and Oklahoma’s Jalen Saunders have been named Big 12 players of the week.
Gilbert was named Defensive Player of the Week Monday after intercepting two passes and returning one 43 yards for a touchdown in OSU’s 38-13 win over Texas on Saturday.
Saunders is the co-Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a punt 91 yards for a touchdown in OU’s 48-10 win over Iowa State. He shares the award with Kansas State kicker Jack Cantele.
Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty and Kansas running back James Sims are the conference’s co-Offensive Players of the Week.