Adding to her growing list of accolades as a Wisconsin Badger, junior guard Jolene Anderson was named to the first team All-Big Ten for the first time in her career Monday.
With an average of 19.3 points per game, Anderson became the first Badger woman ever to win the Big Ten scoring title. She also finished toward the top of the conference in several other categories. Anderson ended up third in the conference in free-throw shooting, making 85.4 percent of her foul shots, ninth in rebounding, with a team-best 7.2 boards per game, and third in steals, with yet another team-high 2.38 takeaways per game.
"She can do everything," Anderson's teammate Rae Lin D'Alie said. "She can shoot, she can drive, she's a great passer, great leader by example, and she's got great defense."
Anderson is joined on the list by Ohio State's Jessica Davenport, Purdue's Katie Gearlds and Purdue's Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton as the only players selected by both the coaches and media to the first team. The coaches selected Penn State's Amanda Brown, while the media to the first-team tabbed Ohio State's Brandie Hoskins.
Davenport was also named Big Ten Player of the Year for the third consecutive season, the first woman to ever achieve the feat. Her coach, Jim Foster, also repeated as conference coach of the year.
In her first year with UW in 2004-05, Anderson garnered Big Ten Freshman of the Year and third-team All-Big Ten honors, and last year was named to the second team All-Big Ten as a sophomore. Anderson led the Badgers in scoring and rebounding in all three of those years.
She is just the ninth Wisconsin women's player to be named to the first team.
"She's the backbone of our team and has earned every accolade that she's been awarded," Wisconsin head coach Lisa Stone said. "She doesn't pay attention to them, but we do. The list does go on and on. She's a special kid. She's a person that always puts the team ahead of herself."
Two other Badgers were also honored Tuesday.
Anderson's teammate Janese Banks also received recognition for her season, as she was named All-Big Ten honorable mention.
The junior guard is the team's second leading scorer, averaging 13.9 points per game, which puts her in the top ten in scoring in the conference. Banks also finished fourth in the conference in offensive rebounding, bringing in 3.14 offensive boards per game.
Freshman Brittany Heins also received an accolade, as she was selected by the Badger coaches as the team's honoree for the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award, which rewards athletes for their contributions both on and off the court.
"It's quite an honor," Heins said. "I'm just really honored that I would be thought of to get it."