Western Illinois’ Kaufmann notches weekly honors

Western Illinois’ Kaufmann notches weekly honors

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Western Illinois guard Olivia Kaufmann earned her first Summit League Women's Basketball Player of the Week award of the season, league officials announced Monday. The senior averaged 21.5 ppg, 3.0 apg and 10.0 rpg to lead the Leathernecks to a 2-0 week in league play.

Kaufmann joined the 1,000 point club with a three-pointer in the first quarter en route to a double-double in Western Illinois' 79-68 victory over Purdue Fort Wayne. The three-pointer was the spark that lit the fire as she finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds in the win to go along with three assists and a steal.

The Jacksonville, Ill., native followed up that performance with another double-double in the 82-75 win over Denver. Kaufmann put a stop to Denver's comeback effort after the Pioneers made it a one point game (74-73) with 54 seconds to go. She answered with a layup and a defensive rebound to set up two made free throws that secured the victory for WIU. She finished the game with 24 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and a steal.

Olivia Kaufmann, Western Illinois
Sr | G | Jacksonville, Ill.

  • Claimed her second athlete of the week accolade of her career and first of the season
  • Recorded back-to-back double-doubles en route to WIU going 2-0 on the week
  • Became the 19th player in program history to score 1,000 points
  • Averaged 21.5 ppg, 10.0 rpg and 3.0 apg on the week
  • Ranks third in the league in points per game with 16.6

Also nominated: Claire Orth (North Dakota), Riley Otto (Purdue Fort Wayne), Uju Ezeudu (Denver), Paiton Burckhard (South Dakota State), Ciara Duffy (South Dakota), Nena Taylor (Oral Roberts)

Previous Player of the Week
November 11
Ciara Duffy, South Dakota

November 18
Madison Nelson, Denver / Ciara Duffy, South Dakota

November 25
Jaclyn Jarnot, North Dakota

December 2
Madison Nelson, Denver

December 9
Hannah Sjerven, South Dakota

December 16
Hannah Albrecht, Purdue Fort Wayne

December 23
Tagyn Larson, South Dakota State

December 30
Madison Nelson, Denver

January 6
Ciara Duffy, South Dakota

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