Jan. 20, 2014
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- After guiding the University of Michigan women's basketball team to a pair of victories last week, freshman guard Siera Thompson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week and to the Player of the Week Honor Roll on Monday afternoon (Jan. 20).
Thompson averaged 15.5 points on a 47.4 shooting percentage in wins at No. 22 Purdue (Jan. 15) and at home against Illinois (Jan. 18). In Michigan's upset win at Purdue, Thompson went for 12 points on 4-for-8 shooting, including a 3-for-6 mark from three-point range. She also chipped in five rebounds and three assists in 40 minutes of action against the Boilermakers.
Against Illinois, the freshman scored a game-high 19 points on 5-for-11 shooting, with all five of her field goals coming from three-point range. It is her fourth game this season with at least four triples, with the five made against the Illini marking a new career high. Thompson once again did not leave the court, playing all 40 minutes with three assists, a steal and a rebound to go with her 19 points.
Thompson is the first freshman to earn the honor the cosince Dayeesha Hollins on March 1, 2010. Thompson and Hollins are the only two Wolverines to ever earn Freshman of the Week honors by the Big Ten.
Thompson also joins juniors Cyesha Goree (Grand Rapids, Mich./Wyoming Park) and Nicole Elmblad (St. Ignace, Mich./LaSalle) as Wolverines to be named to the Big Ten Player of the Week Honor Roll this season.
Thompson was also named the Big Ten Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com on Monday morning.
Michigan is back in action on Thursday (Jan. 23), hosting Ohio State at Crisler Center at 7 p.m.
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