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Zahui B. named Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the Year

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By Anthony Caruso III on March 2nd, 2015, 7:44 pm EST

Amanda Zahui B. has been named the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Player of the year. She received this honor from from the conference’s media members.

She wasn’t the only Minnesota Golden Gophers player to receive a league honor. Her teammates Shae Kelley was named All-Big Ten First Team by the media and All-Big Team Second Team by league coaches.

Amanda Zahui B. Big Ten Conference Women's Basketball Minnesota Golden Gophers

Amanda Zahui B. (Getty Images)

Also, freshman Carlie Wagner was named Big Ten All-Freshman Team.

Zahui B. is just the fourth player in Golden Gophers history to win this award. She’s the first since Lindsay Whalen in 2002.

Carol Ann Shudlick and Lauren Coenen are the others to receive this award. Shudlick won in 1994, while Coenen won in 1983.

Zahui B. stepped up big this season following the loss of Preseason Big Ten Player of the Year Rachel Banham. This season, she averaged 18.5 points, 12.7 rebounds, and 4.0 blocks per game.

She’s just 23 rebounds away from breaking her own record that she set last season. She had 394 boards last season, which is a Big Ten and Minnesota single-season record.

Against Top 25 teams, she stepped her game up even more, as she’s averaging 25.8 points, 16.8 rebounds, 4.3 blocks, and 2 steals per contest.

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