Aerial Powers Earns Big Ten and ESPNW Honors

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Photo Credit: Matthew Mitchell / MSU Athletic Communications

Photo Credit: Matthew Mitchell / MSU Athletic Communications

The junior forward earns Co-Big Ten Player of the Week honors as well as ESPNW National honors.

EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State junior forward Aerial Powers was named Co-Big Ten Women's Basketball Player of the Week, as it was announced by the conference on Monday. The junior shared the award with Minnesota senior Rachel Banham. She also was named ESPNW National Player of the Week.

The Detroit, Mich., native earned her second career Big Ten Player of the Week honor in three seasons as a Spartan. She was also honored on Feb. 1 after wins against Purdue and at Wisconsin.

Powers led the Spartans to a pair of wins over Rutgers on the road and Minnesota at home. She scored a career-high 40 points, becoming only the second Spartan in program history to record 40 points in a game, and dished out a career-tying high eight assists in a victory over the Gophers. Powers also guided her team to a comeback win over the Scarlet Knights with a double-double of 27 points and 14 rebounds. The double-double was the ninth of the season and the 43rd of her career, which ties Mary Kay Itynre for the MSU career lead.

She is the second Spartan to earn Big Ten Player of the Week honors, as junior guard Tori Jankoska earned the honor on Dec. 28. This season, Powers (Dec. 14, Jan. 4, Jan. 11, Feb. 8) and Jankoska (Nov. 30) were also named to the Big Ten honor roll. Powers was also named Big Ten Freshman of the Week four times during the 2013-14 season.

Powers and the No. 20 Spartans conclude the regular season this week, traveling to Illinois on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 8 p.m. (ET). MSU will end the regular season, hosting No. 5 Ohio State on Saturday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. (ET).

Player of the Week: Aerial Powers, Michigan State/Rachel Banham, Minnesota