Senior Porsche Poole was named Big Ten Player of the Week, announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Poole set career highs in points in both games, averaging 30.0 points, 4.5 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 steals, while shooting 56.4% from the field.
It is Poole’s first career weekly conference recognition, and the first Spartan to earn Big Ten Player of the Week accolades this season.
Poole’s 60 points in the two games were the most in a two-game span in program history.
In Sunday’s 83-77 upset over No. 18 Penn State, Poole topped her career high with 32 points. Her 32 points were tied for eighth most in a single-game and the most by a Spartan since Aisha Jefferson score 34 at Notre Dame on Nov. 29, 2008. Also it was just the 20th 30-point scoring effort by a Spartan. She shot 10-for-15, including going 3-for-4 from behind the arc, and made a career best nine free throws. Poole also matched her career highs in rebounds with six and assists with six in the game, while adding three steals.
On Thursday, Poole originally posted a career high point total with 28 points, going 12-for-24 from the field. She also added three assists and three steals, while playing a career high 43 minutes.
Poole leads the team and is 20th in the Big Ten, averaging 12.5 points per game overall and has increased her average to 14.1 in Big Ten games, ranking her 12th. She has improved her scoring in each of her four seasons at MSU, currently doubling her junior season average of 6.1 points. Poole is second on the team and 15th in the conference with 3.0 assists a game.
Michigan State is tied for fifth in the Big Ten at 5-4, and have a bye on Thursday, before returning to the court on Sunday at Michigan for a 3 p.m. tip.