Kelsey Mitchell named AP All-American

Posted at 3:23 PM, Mar 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-28 15:40:59-04

Ohio State sophomore guard Kelsey Mitchell was named an Associated Press first team All-American on Monday.

Mitchell, a 2014 Princeton High School graduate, is just the third Buckeye women’s basketball player to be selected for the five-member team.

“Obviously, Kelsey is one of the best players in the country and we’re fortunate to have her in our program at Ohio State,” Buckeyes coach Kevin McGuff told “She has such as relentless drive to be the very best that she can be. That drive is really infectious with the team and she was a big part of our success this season.”

Mitchell scored 889 points this season, breaking her own single-season school record of 873 points set as a freshman last season.

Mitchell also led the Big Ten and is tied for first nationally with 126 three-pointers, which is one shy of her NCAA single-season record from last season.

Mitchell joins Jessica Davenport (2005) and Jantel Lavender (2010, 2011) as the only Buckeyes to earn AP first team honors. She was a second team selection as a freshman last season.

The other members of the AP first team are Brianna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson (UConn), South Carolina’s A’ja Wilson and Minnesota’s Rachael Banham.

Mitchell is also a finalist for the Nancy Lieberman and Dawn Staley awards and is on the Wooden Award Late Season Top-20 and the Wade Watch List. She was a unanimous first team All-Big Ten selection this season and was named to the Big Ten All-Tournament Team for the second straight year.

Mitchell recorded four 40-point games this season. She scored a school-record 48 points against Michigan State in the regular-season finale and set a new Big Ten Tournament single-game record with 43 in the quarterfinal win over Rutgers.