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Wisconsin women’s basketball: Imani Lewis named Big Ten Player of the Week

The junior star averaged a double-double last week.

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The Wisconsin Badgers women’s basketball team scored their biggest win in years last week when they beat the No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes, 75-70. Their second big win from last week was announced on Monday afternoon when star junior forward Imani Lewis was named the Big Ten Player of the Week. This is the first Badger to be named Player of the Week since Jan. 7, 2014, when Taylor Wurtz was honored.

Lewis set a new career-high by scoring 27 points against the Buckeyes and then matching the total in the second game of the week against Minnesota. Lewis shot 75% (9-of-12) from the field, including hitting her first three-pointer of the season and just the third of her career. Lewis also shot 80% (8-of-10) from the free-throw line. To complete her double-double she hauled in 14 rebounds.

On Sunday against the Gophers, she shot 56.3% (9-of-16) from the field and 75% (9-of-12) from the free-throw line. She also added 11 rebounds and tied her career best with three steals. On the week, Lewis averaged 27 points per game, shooting 64.3 % (18-28) from the field. She also shot 77.3% (17-22) from the free-throw line. The forward added 12.5 rebounds per game and chipped in three steals, one assist and one block.

UW doesn’t hit the court again until Sunday when they travel to Evanston, Ill. to take on the No. 21 Northwestern Wildcats in another chance to pick off a highly regarded Big Ten opponent.