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Updated: March 1, 2005, 12:16 PM ET
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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State's Jessica Davenport was named the 2005 Big Ten Player of the Year by both the coaches and media on Tuesday.

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While Davenport is just the fourth sophomore in league history to win the conference's top honor, Penn State's Tanisha Wright continued to make history by winning her third consecutive Defensive Player of the Year award. Wright, the only player in the award's six-year history to win the honor more than once, also led the league in scoring at 19.6 points per game.

Davenport, Minnesota's Janel McCarville and Penn State's Jess Strom and Wright each were selected to both first teams.

Buckeyes coach Jim Foster was voted Coach of the Year by his peers, while Michigan State's Joanne P. McCallie was the media's pick for coaching honors, marking the first time since 1999-2000 that league coaches and media were split.

Wisconsin's Jolene Anderson swept the Freshman of the Year awards. Anderson currently ranks third in overall scoring at 18.1 points per game, just one-tenth of a point shy of Penn State's Kelly Mazzante's league freshman mark of 18.2, and is the first freshman since 2000-01 to average at least 17 points per game.

Davenport was the only unanimous first-team selection on both the coaches' and media's first teams. A center from Columbus, Ohio, Davenport is the league's fourth sophomore and the second Buckeye sophomore to win player of the year honors. The last sophomore to win the award was Minnesota's Lindsay Whalen in 2002.

Davenport, who has been named Big Ten player of the week a conference record-tying five times this season, is the first player in Buckeye history to record a triple-double -- 19 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocks shots at Michigan State on Feb. 20.

A double-digit scorer in 29 of 30 games, Davenport has tallied 10 season double-doubles. In Big Ten outings, she averages 21.7 points and 10.5 rebounds per game, which ranks No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, among league rankings. The conference's best shooter with a 60 percent average from the field, Davenport's 19.6 points per game is No. 2 in the league.

The Big Ten's best shot blocker with 3.4 swatted shots per outing, Davenport is the first Buckeye and only the third player in league history to swat more than 100 shots in a single season. Her 12 blocks at Michigan State tied the Buckeye single-game record.

Foster is Ohio State's first coach of the year since Tara VanDerveer was honored in 1984 and 1985, the first two seasons the accolade was awarded. Foster led the Buckeyes to their first Big Ten co-championship since the 1992-93 Ohio State team was co-league champions. The Buckeyes share the title with Michigan State and have earned OSU's first No. 1-seed in the Big Ten tournament. Ohio State's perfect 17-0 record in Columbus is the best for any squad in the 40-year history of OSU basketball. This season, Foster's team was ranked No. 2 in the Associated Press rankings for three consecutive weeks. A No. 2 ranking is the highest in program history.

McCallie was voted by her peers after leading her No. 8 Spartans to a share of the Big Ten title and a 25-3 record, which marked a school-record for wins. She is only the second Spartan mentor to be honored by the League, as Karen Langeland earned the award in 1988.

All-Big Ten honorees

As selected by Big Ten coaches
First Team: Kristin Haynie, Michigan State; Janel McCarville, Minnesota*; Jessica Davenport, Ohio State*; Jess Strom, Penn State; Tanisha Wright, Penn State*

Second Team: Angelina Williams, Illinois; Lindsay Bowen, Michigan State; Liz Shimek, Michigan State; Caity Matter, Ohio State; Katie Gearlds, Purdue

Third Team: Jamie Cavey, Iowa; Crystal Smith, Iowa; Tabitha Pool, Michigan; Brandie Hoskins, Ohio State; Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin

All-Freshman Team: Danyel Crutcher, Illinois; Krista VandeVenter, Iowa; Ta'Shia Walker, Michigan; Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, Purdue; Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin

Player of Year: Jessica Davenport, Ohio State
Defensive Player of Year: Tanisha Wright, Penn State
Freshman of Year: Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin
Coach of Year: Jim Foster, Ohio State

As selected by Big Ten media
First Team: Angelina Williams, Illinois; Janel McCarville, Minnesota; Jessica Davenport, Ohio State*; Jess Strom, Penn State; Tanisha Wright, Penn State

Second Team: Jamie Cavey, Iowa; Lindsay Bowen, Michigan State; Kristin Haynie, Michigan State; Liz Shimek, Michigan State; Caity Matter, Ohio State

Third Team: Tabitha Pool, Michigan; Kelli Roehrig, Michigan State; Brandie Hoskins, Ohio State; Katie Gearlds, Purdue; Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin

Player of Year: Jessica Davenport, Ohio State
Freshman of Year: Jolene Anderson, Wisconsin
Coach of Year: Joanne P. McCallie, Michigan State

Note: * denotes unanimous selection

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