Big Ten Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year

Big Ten Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year
Awarded for the most outstanding basketball player in the Big Ten Conference
Country United States
Presented by Big Ten head coaches (1983–present)
Big Ten media (1996–present)
First awarded 1983
Currently held by Rachel Banham, Minnesota

The Big Ten Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year is a basketball award given to the Big Ten Conference's most outstanding player. The award was first given following the Big Ten's first full season of women's basketball in 1982–83 (although the conference held its first postseason tournament the previous season). The league's head coaches have presented the award since 1983; media members who cover Big Ten women's basketball began presenting their own version of the award in 1996.[n 1]

Seven players have won the award multiple times. Five players have won twice: Anucha Browne of Northwestern (1984, 1985), Tracey Hall of Ohio State (1986, 1987), Katie Douglas of Purdue (2000, 2001), Kelly Mazzante of Penn State (2003, 2004), and Maggie Lucas of Penn State (2013, 2014). Jessica Davenport of Ohio State is the only player to have been the unanimous winner of three awards (2005–2007). Another Ohio State player, Jantel Lavender, is the only four-time winner (2008–2011), although only the 2009 and 2010 awards were unanimous (she won the coaches' award in 2008 and the media award in 2011).

Two players have won a major national player of the year award in the same season in which they won the Big Ten award. Carol Ann Shudlick of Minnesota won the Wade Trophy along with the Big Ten award in 1994, and Stephanie White of Purdue won the same two awards in 1999.

The coaches and media have split their honors five times in all, with the most recent being 2015, when Kelsey Mitchell of Ohio State won the coaches' award and Amanda Zahui B. of Minnesota won the media award.

Ohio State has the record for the most awards with 13, and the most individuals who have won the award, with six. Of current Big Ten Conference members, four schools have never had a winner: long-established members Indiana and Michigan, and the two schools that joined the conference in 2014, Maryland and Rutgers.


Co-Players of the Year
C Coaches selection
M Media selection
* Awarded a national Player of the Year award: Wade Trophy (1977–78 to present)
Naismith College Player of the Year (1982–83 to present)
John R. Wooden Award (2003–04 to present)
Player (X) Denotes the number of times the player has been named the Big Ten Player of the Year at that point


Season Player School Position Class Reference
1982–83 Coenen, LauraLaura Coenen Minnesota Sophomore
1983–84 Browne, AnuchaAnucha Browne Northwestern Junior
1984–85 Browne, AnuchaAnucha Browne (2) Northwestern Senior
1985–86 Hall, TraceyTracey Hall Ohio State Sophomore
1986–87 Hall, TraceyTracey Hall (2) Ohio State Junior
1987–88 Edwards, MichelleMichelle Edwards Iowa Guard Senior
1988–89 Cline, LisaLisa Cline Ohio State Forward Senior
1989–90 Price, FrantheaFranthea Price Iowa Guard Senior
1990–91 Holmes, JoyJoy Holmes Purdue Forward Senior
1991–92 Joseph, MaChelleMaChelle Joseph Purdue Guard Senior
1992–93 Foster, ToniToni Foster Iowa Forward Senior
1993–94 Shudlick, Carol AnnCarol Ann Shudlick* Minnesota Forward-center Senior
1994–95 Lovelace, StaceyStacey Lovelace Purdue Forward Junior
1995–96 Smith, KatieKatie Smith Ohio State Forward Senior
1996–97 Berggren, AshleyAshley Berggren Illinois Guard Junior
1997–98 Smith, TangelaTangela Smith Iowa Center Senior
1998–99 White, StephanieStephanie White* Purdue Guard Senior
1999–2000 Darling, HelenHelen DarlingC Penn State Guard Senior
1999–2000 Douglas, KatieKatie DouglasM Purdue Guard Junior
2000–01 Douglas, KatieKatie Douglas (2) Purdue Guard Senior
2001–02 Whalen, LindsayLindsay Whalen Minnesota Guard Sophomore
2002–03 Mazzante, KellyKelly Mazzante Penn State Guard Junior
2003–04 Mazzante, KellyKelly Mazzante (2) Penn State Guard Senior
2004–05 Davenport, JessicaJessica Davenport Ohio State Center Sophomore
2005–06 Davenport, JessicaJessica Davenport (2) Ohio State Center Junior
2006–07 Davenport, JessicaJessica Davenport (3) Ohio State Center Senior
2007–08 Anderson, JoleneJolene AndersonM Wisconsin Guard Senior
2007–08 Lavender, JantelJantel LavenderC Ohio State Center Freshman
2008–09 Lavender, JantelJantel Lavender (2) Ohio State Center Sophomore
2009–10 Lavender, JantelJantel Lavender (3) Ohio State Center Junior
2010–11 Keane, KalishaKalisha KeaneC Michigan State Forward Senior
2010–11 Lavender, JantelJantel Lavender (4)M Ohio State Center Senior
2011–12 Prahalis, SamanthaSamantha Prahalis Ohio State Guard[1] Senior
2012–13 Lucas, MaggieMaggie Lucas Penn State Guard Junior
2013–14 Hooper, JordanJordan HooperC Nebraska Forward[2] Senior
2013–14 Lucas, MaggieMaggie Lucas (2)M Penn State Guard Senior
2014–15 Mitchell, KelseyKelsey MitchellC Ohio State Guard Freshman [3]
2014–15 Zahui B., AmandaAmanda Zahui B.M Minnesota Center Sophomore [3]
2015–16 Banham, RachelRachel Banham Minnesota Guard Senior [4]

Winners by school

School (year joined) Winners Years
Ohio State (1912) 13 1986, 1987, 1989. 1996, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015
Minnesota (1896) 5 1983, 1994, 2002, 2015, 2016
Penn State (1993) 5 2000, 2003, 2004, 2013, 2014
Purdue (1896) 5 1991, 1992, 1995, 2000, 2001
Iowa (1900) 3 1988, 1993, 1998
Northwestern (1896) 2 1984, 1985
Illinois (1896) 1 1997
Maryland (1953) 1 2011
Nebraska (2011) 1 2014
Wisconsin (1896) 1 2008
Indiana (1900) 0
Maryland (2014) 0
Michigan (1896) 0
Rutgers (2014) 0

See also


  1. Big Ten records do not directly state when media began presenting a Player of the Year award. However, the Big Ten's 2014–15 women's basketball media guide, the primary reference for this article, explicitly states that media members began selecting an all-conference team in the 1995–96 season (see p. 76). It can therefore be safely assumed that media began choosing their own Player of the Year at that time.


  1. Big Ten WNBA Draft Selections, 2014–15 Big Ten Conference Women's Basketball Media Guide, p. 85.
  2. "Women's Basketball: 2013–14 Roster". Nebraska Cornhuskers. Retrieved April 3, 2015.
  3. 1 2 "Women's Basketball Postseason Honors" (Press release). Big Ten Conference. March 2, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  4. "Big Ten Unveils Women's Basketball Postseason Honors on BTN" (Press release). Big Ten Conference. February 29, 2016. Retrieved March 1, 2016.
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