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Nebraska's Hannah Whitish (3) blocks a shot by Iowa's Alexis Sevillian (5) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Lincoln, Neb., Monday.

Nebraska women's basketball player Hannah Whitish earned honorable mention all-conference honors from the Big Ten Conference on Monday afternoon.

The junior guard from Barneveld, Wisconsin, was the only Husker chosen for any of the all-conference teams, which include first and second teams, all-defensive team and all-freshman.

Whitish leads the Huskers in scoring at 10.1 points per game. She also leads the team with 124 assists and is second in steals with 30. Whitish ranks fifth in the Big Ten in three-pointers with 62.

Senior forward Maddie Simon was the Huskers’ sportsmanship award winner. The players chosen for that award are individuals who have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. These students must also be in good academic standing and have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

Iowa senior center Megan Gustafson was chosen as Big Ten player of the year by both the conference coaches and a select panel of Big Ten media members. Gustafson ranks No. 1 in the country in points per game (27.7), first in field-goal percentage (70.8) and fourth in rebounds per game (13.3).

Gustafson has been the Big Ten player of the week 13 times in 17 weeks this season, and 23 times in her career, which are each conference records.

Nebraska earned the No. 6-seed for this week's Big Ten Conference Tournament and will play its first game in the tournament on Thursday at about 8 p.m. against the winner of Illinois/Purdue.

-- Brent C. Wagner

ALL-BIG TEN HONORS

Coaches selections

First team: Kathleen Doyle, Iowa; Megan Gustafson, Iowa; Kaila Charles, Maryland; Naz Hillmon, Michigan; Hallie Thome, Michigan; Shay Colley, Michigan State; Kenisha Bell, Minnesota; Lindsey Pulliam, Northwestern; Teniya Page, Penn State; Karissa McLaughlin, Purdue.

Second team: Alex Wittinger, Illinois; Ail Patberg, Indiana; Jaelynn Penn, Indiana; Taylor Mikesell, Maryland; Jenna Allen, Michigan State; Destiny Pitts, Minnesota; Pallas Kunaiyi-Akpanah, Northwestern; Dorka Juhasz, Ohio State; Ae'Rianna Harris, Purdue; Stasha Carey, Rutgers.

Honorable mention: Tania Davis, Iowa; Stephanie Jones, Maryland; Nicole Munger, Michigan; Nia Clouden, Michigan State; Taiye Bello, Minnesota; Hannah Whitish, Nebraska; Carmen Grande, Ohio State; Dominique Oden, Purdue; Arella Guirantes, Rutgers; Marsha Howard, Wisconsin.

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Player of year: Megan Gustafson, Iowa.

Defensive player of year: Ae'Rianna Harris, Purdue.

Freshman of year: Taylor Mikesell, Maryland.

Sixth player of year: Naz Hillmon, Michigan.

Coach of year: Brenda Frese, Maryland.

Media selections

First team: Megan Gustafson, Iowa; Kaila Charles, Maryland; Taylor Mikesell, Maryland; Naz Hillmon, Michigan; Kenisha Bell, Minnesota; Destiny Pitts, Minnesota; Pallas Kunaiya-Akpanah, Northwestern; Lindsey Pulliam, Northwestern; Teniya Page, Penn State; Karissa McLaughlin, Purdue.

Second team: Alex Wittinger, Illinois; Ali Patberg, Indiana; Kathleen Doyle, Iowa; Stephanie Jones, Maryland; Hallie Thome, Michigan; Jenna Allen, Michigan State; Shay Colley, Michigan State; Ae'Rianna Harris, Purdue; Stasha Carey, Rutgers; Marsha Howard, Wisconsin.

Honorable mention: Jaelynn Penn, Indiana; Brenna Wise, Indiana; Tania Davis, Iowa; Shakira Austin, Maryland; Nicole Munger, Michigan; Nia Clouden, Michigan State; Taryn McCutcheon, Michigan State; Taiye Bello, Minnesota; Hannah Whitish, Nebraska; Carmen Grande, Ohio State; Dorka Juhasz, Ohio State; Carly Santoro, Ohio State; Dominique Oden, Purdue; Arella Guirantes, Rutgers; Imani Lewis, Wisconsin.

Player of year: Megan Gustafson, Iowa.

Freshman of year: Naz Hillmon, Michigan.

Coach of year: Brenda Frese, Maryland.

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Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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