Powers and Jankoska Earn All-Big Ten Honors
Junior forward Aerial Powers earned first-team honors for the third-straight season, while junior guard Tori Jankoska named to the second-team again.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State juniors Aerial Powers and Tori Jankoska were both honored with All-Big Ten accolades by both the coaches and the media Monday. Powers was named to the first team by both voting groups, while Jankoska named to the second-team.
Senior center Jasmine Hines and redshirt sophomore guard Branndais Agee were both named to the honorable mention team by the media.
Powers, a forward from Detroit, Mich., becomes the first MSU three first-team honoree in Michigan State history. Maxann Reese earned back-to-back honors during the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons. Powers and Reese are also the only two multiple first-team honorees for the Spartans. Powers was a unanimous selection in both polls.
Powers ended the regular season fourth in the league in both scoring (21.9 ppg) and rebounding (9.0 rpg). She is also fourth in the league with 11 double-doubles. The junior is tied for third in defensive rebounds (6.7 drpg), sixth in free throw percentage (.842) and seventh in steals (1.9 spg.). She has scored in double figures in every game in which she has played this season, led by a career-high 40 points against Minnesota on Feb. 21.
Jankoska, a guard from Freeland, Mich., earned her third-straight All-Big Ten honor after being named to the second-team last season and the honorable mention squad as a freshman. The junior is tied for 18th in scoring (15.5 ppg) after scoring at least 20 points in two of the final three games of the regular season. She is also first in the league in free throw percentage (.870). The versatile guard is also tied for ninth in the Big Ten in steals (1.7 spg) and tied for 10th in assists (3.9 apg).
Hines, who is fresh of a career-high 36 points against Ohio State in the regular-season finale, is seventh in the league in field goal percentage (.545) and 17th in rebounding (6.3 rpg). For the season, the senior is averaging 10.5 ppg. Agee is second in the Big Ten in 3-point field goal percentage (.429) and tied for fourth in the league in steals (2.0 spg).
Senior guard Cara Miller was Michigan State’s Big Ten Sportsmanship honoree. Miller has played in 25 games this season the Spartans.
In Suzy Merchant’s nine seasons, Michigan State has now earned 31 All-Big Ten selections. MSU has had at least two players earn All-Big Ten honors in each of those nine seasons.
Minnesota’s Rachel Banham was named Big Ten Player of the Year by both the media and the coaches. Nebraska’s Jessica Shepard was named Freshman of the Year by both groups, while Indiana’s Teri Moren earned Coach of the Year honors by both the media and the coaches.
Michigan State women’s basketball has earned the third seed in the upcoming Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament, which will be held March 2-6 at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.