Feb. 25, 2014
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State freshman Tori Jankoska earned her first Big Ten weekly accolades today, being named Big Ten Freshman of the Week, in addition to being named to the three-player Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll.
Jankoska led MSU with 17.5 points, 6.0 assists and 2.5 steals in wins over Wisconsin and Minnesota. The 5-8 guard also made 3.0 3-pointers per game, shooting 40.0%. In addition to her 12 assists, she committed only three turnovers in 77 minutes of play.
On Thursday, Jankoska posted 14 points, and set new season highs with seven assists and five steals at Wisconsin. She followed it up with her fifth 20-point game of the season vs. Minnesota on Monday, leading the team with 21 points, including 4-for-8 from 3-point, and had five assists.
Jankoska is now second on the team with 12.7 points for the season, but leads MSU in Big Ten games with 13.8 points. She has been effective from behind the arc, leading the team and ranking among the top-15 in the conference with 2.1 3-pointers and a 37.7% 3-point field goal percentage.
Among Spartan freshman all-time, Jankoska is creeping up the lists. Her 342 points are currently the seventh most, while her 57 3-pointers are second, her 65 free throws made are ninth and her 59 assists are 11th. Her 3-point field goal percentage is third and her free throw percentage is seventh. So far this season, Jankoska has five 20-point games, tying her for the most ever by a MSU freshman.
Jankoska's recent play has helped move Michigan State (19-8, 11-3) back atop the Big Ten standings with only two games to go. MSU is in a three-way tie with Penn State (12-3) and Nebraska (11-3) in the loss column.
The Spartans conclude the season at Northwestern on Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET and at home to Indiana on Sunday at 6 p.m. ET. Both games will be televised by Big Ten Network.