TAMPA, Fla. (USBWA) – After a landmark season
of dominating the scoreboards, Ohio State's 5-8 guard Kelsey
Mitchell has become an overwhelming choice of the
U.S. Basketball Writers Association to be named
National Freshman of the Year.
Mitchell's honor comes after becoming just the fourth freshman
and first since UConn great Maya Moore in 2008 to be named to the
USBWA 10-member All-America team.
The native of Cincinnati twice in the past several months picked
up the USBWA rookie honor in the first season that a freshman of
the week for women was designated.
The USBWA began handing out the national freshman award in 2003-04
but as the 13th recipient, Mitchell is the first honoree from Ohio
State and the Big Ten Conference.
Other Buckeyes who also have been named USBWA All-Americans include
Jessica Davenport, Tracey Hall, Jantel Lavender, Samantha Prahalis,
and Katie Smith.
"This is a tremendous honor for Kelsey as she has worked
so hard this entire season. I couldn't be more proud to be her coach
and to have her be a part of The Ohio State University," said
Buckeyes coach Kevin McGuff.
Mitchell, who was also the Big Ten Co-Player of the Year, became
the first freshman to lead the country in scoring as she rose to
the top of the Division I category with a 24.9 points per game average,
collecting both an Ohio State and Big 10 record total of 873 points.
She also showed her long-range skill setting an NCAA single season
record connecting on 127 three-pointers. Mitchell also dished off
for 146 assists. In all, she produced 42.6 percent of the Buckeyes'
scoring offense, which was ranked fifth in the country.
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association was formed in
1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers.
With some 900 members worldwide, it is one of the most influential
organizations in college basketball. For more information on the
USBWA and its award programs, contact executive director Joe Mitch
USBWA NATIONAL FRESHMEN OF THE YEAR
Tiffany Jackson, Texas
Tasha Humphrey, Georgia
Candice Wiggins, Stanford
Courtney Paris, Oklahoma
Tina Charles, Connecticut
Maya Moore, Connecticut
2008-09 Shekinna Stricklen, Tennessee
2009-10 Brittney Griner, Baylor
2010-11 Odyssey Sims, Baylor
2011-12 Elizabeth Williams, Duke
2012-13 Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame
2013-14 Diamond DeShields, North Carolina