For the second year in a row, Gophers guard Kenisha Bell was named a consensus first team All-Big Ten selection.
Bell was one of three Gophers to be honored Monday. The awards are voted on by Big Ten women’s basketball coaches and select media.
Sophomore Destiny Pitts was named to the first team by media and the second by coaches. Both the coaches and the media voted junior Taiye Bello as honorable mention.
Bell finished third in the Big Ten in scoring (18.9) and third in steals (2.0) she was also voted to the all-defensive team. Pitts was sixth in the conference in scoring (15.7), fourth in three-point shooting percentage (36.6) and second in free throw shooting (81.7).
Bello was second in the league in overall rebounding (12.4) and first in offensive rebounding (5.0).
The Gophers (20-9, 9-9 Big Ten) earned the seventh seed in this week’s conference tournament in Indianapolis. They play Indiana on Thursday.
Iowa star center Megan Gustafson was the consensus Big Ten Player of the Year for the second year in a row, after the 6-3 senior from the tiny Lake Superior town of Port Wing, Wis., averaged 27.7 points and 13.3 rebounds per game this season, while shooting 70.8 percent from the floor.
Maryland’s Taylor Mikeself (coaches) and Michigan’s Naz Hillman (media) split Freshman of the Year honors. Maryland’s Brenda Frese was named Coach of the Year and Purdue’s Ae’Rianna Harris was Defensive Player of the Year.