BTN.com staff, March 28, 2016
The Big Ten claimed two of the five spots on the 2016 Associated Press All-America First Team, it was announced Monday.
Minnesota's Rachel Banham and Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell join UConn's Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson and South Carolina's A'ja Wilson on the annual postseason first-team.
Banham, the Big Ten Player of the Year, averaged a Big Ten-record 30.5 points in conference play, including a conference single-game record and NCAA-tying 60 points in a double-overtime victory at Northwestern, and is just Minnesota's second player to earn AP first-team honors, joining Amanda Zahui B. (2015).
Mitchell, a sophomore, scored 889 points to break her own single-season school record of 873 points and hit a Big Ten-leading 126 3-pointers en route to becoming the third Ohio State player to earn AP first-team honors, following Jessica Davenport (2005) and Jantel Lavender (2010, 2011).
The Big Ten also put a pair of talents on the AP's third team, as Maryland's Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Michigan State's Aerial Powers earned recognition.
And, here's Banham talking about sweeping 2015-16 Big Ten Player of the Year.