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For the second year in a row, Ally Disterhoft has been recognized as one of the Big Ten’s best.

The Iowa junior earned second team all-Big Ten honors by both the media and league coaches for the second consecutive season Monday afternoon when the Big Ten announced its postseason awards.

A 6-foot-0 guard, Disterhoft has put together the best season of her career as a junior.

The West High graduate is averaging a career-high 16.9 points per game this season on 53 percent shooting while helping Iowa to a 18-12 record and an 8-10 mark in Big Ten play.

Disterhoft ranks 14th in the league in scoring and her career-high 53 percent field goal shooting ranks 10th in the conference.

With 13 points in a regular season finale win over Illinois on Saturday, Disterhoft has now scored in double figures in every game this season and recorded 10 or more points in 75 of her 81 career starts.

Her 13 points against the Fighting Illini moved Disterhoft past Melissa Dixon and Kamille Wahlin for 11th place Iowas’s all-time scoring list with 1,485 career points.

Iowa had a pair of freshman receiving conference honors as Megan Gustafson and Tania Davis were both named to the all-freshman team selected by the league’s coaches.

A 6-foot-3 center from Port Wing, Wis., Gustafson was the only Big Ten freshman to lead her team in field goal percentage, shooting 54 percent from the floor.

Gustafson averaged 9.9 points and led the Hawkeyes with 6.6 rebounds per game.

Davis, a 5-foot-4 point guard from Grand Blanc, Mich., had a team-high 98 assists for the Hawkeyes and averaged 9.1 points per game.

The duo became the first two players from the same team to be named to the all-freshman team since Ohio State in 2008.

Minnesota senior Rachel Banham was named the Big Ten player of the year by both the coaches and media after leading the conference in scoring at 27.7 points per game.

Nebraska's Jessica Shepard was named the league’s freshman of the year by the coaches and media after a debut campaign in which she ranked in the top seven in the league in both scoring (19.5) and rebounding (8.8).

Indiana coach Teri Moen was selected as the Big Ten coach of the year after directing the Hoosiers to a 12-6 mark in conference play and a No. 4 seed in the Big Ten tournament, the school’s highest seed since 1998.

Iowa opens Big Ten tournament play on Thursday against Michigan at 11 a.m. CST at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Reach Ryan Murken at 319-339-7369 or rmurken@press-citizen.com and follow him on Twitter at @rmmurken.

All Big Ten Coaches Selections

First team – Tyra Buss, Indiana; Brionna Jones, Maryland; *Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Maryland; Katelynn Flaherty, Michigan; *Aerial Powers, Michigan State; *Rachel Banham, Minnesota; Jessica Shepard, Nebraska; Nia Coffey, Northwestern; Ameryst Alston, Ohio State; *Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State.

Second team – Chatrice White, Illinois; Ally Disterhoft, Iowa; Brene Moseley, Maryland; Tori Jankoska, Michigan State; Carlie Wagner, Minnesota; Natalie Romeo, Nebraska; Teniya Page, Penn State; April Wilson, Purdue; Kahleah Copper, Rutgers; Tyler Scaife, Rutgers.
Honorable mention – Amanda Cahill, Indiana; Hallie Thome, Michigan; Maggie Lyon, Northwestern; Shayla Cooper, Ohio State; Alex Hart, Ohio State; Brianna Banks, Penn State; Lindsey Spann, Penn State; Ashley Morrissette, Purdue; Rachel Hollivay, Rutgers; Nicole Bauman, Wisconsin.

All-defensive team – Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Maryland; Ashley Deary, Northwestern; Alexa Hart, Ohio State; April Wilson, Purdue; Rachel Hollivay, Rutgers.

All-freshman team – Alex Wittinger, Illinois; Tania Davis, Iowa; Megan Gustafson, Iowa; Hallie Thome, Michigan; *Jessica Shepard, Nebraska; *Teniya Page, Penn State.

Player of the year – Rachel Banham, Minnesota.

Coach of the year – Teri Moen, Indiana.

Defensive player of the year – Ashley Deary, Northwestern.

Freshman of the year – Jessica Shepard, Nebraska.

Sixth player of the year – Brene Moseley, Maryland.

All Big Ten Media Selections

First team – Tyra Buss, Indiana; Brionna Jones, Maryland; Shatori-Walker Kimbrough, Maryland; Katelynn Flaherty, Michigan; *Aerial Powers, Michigan State; *Rachel Banham, Minnesota; Jessica Shepard, Nebraska; Nia Coffey, Northwestern; Ameryst Alston, Ohio State; *Kelsey Mitchell, Ohio State.

Second team – Chatrice White, Illinois; Amanda Cahill, Indiana; Ally Disterhoft, Iowa; Tori Jankoska, Michigan State; Carlie Wagner, Minnesota; Shayla Cooper, Ohio State; Alex Hart, Ohio State; April Wilson, Purdue; Kahleah Copper, Rutgers; Tyler Scaife, Rutgers.

Honorable mention – Brene Moseley, Maryland; Hallie Thome, Michigan; Branndais Agee, Michigan State; Jasmine Hines, Michigan State; Natalie Romeo, Nebraska; Rachel Theriot, Nebraska; Ashley Deary, Northwestern; Maggie Lyon, Northwestern; Brianna Banks, Penn State; Teniya Page, Penn State; Rachel Hollivay, Rutgers; Nicole Bauman, Wisconsin.

Player of the year – Rachel Banham, Minnesota.

Freshman of the year – Jessica Shepard, Nebraska

Coach of the year – Teri Moen, Indiana

* denotes unanimous selection

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