ISU’s Poppens Big 12 Player of the Week For Third Time


February 27th, 2012 by Jim Field

IRVING, Texas – Iowa State junior forward Chelsea Poppens has been recognized as the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, as selected by a media voting panel for games Feb. 20-26. Poppens was recognized for the third time this season and fourth occasion in her career.

Poppens averaged 22 points and 16.5 rebounds last week in Iowa State’s overtime win over Missouri and loss at Oklahoma State. She finished with 25 points, 16 rebounds and four steals against the Tigers. The junior forward shot 15-of-24 from the free-throw line – an Iowa State record and a Big 12 league game record for free-throw attempts.

Poppens followed that performance with 19 points and a season-high tying 17 rebounds at OSU. It was her 14th double-double of the season. She has seven games this season with 15-plus rebounds and also seven with 20-plus points. Poppens is the only player in the Big 12 averaging a double-double with 15.2 points and 11.3 rebounds. Her eight double-doubles in conference play leads all Big 12 players.

Oklahoma State’s Liz Donohoe was named freshman of the week.