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Braun Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week




MINNEAPOLIS- Minnesota Guard Mara Braun was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the first time, the conference announced Monday.

The Wayzata, Minn., native dropped an average of 27.5 points per game in her first two collegiate contests, including 34 and a buzzer shot to defeat Lehigh 101-99 on Sunday night. His 27.5 points per game ranks first in the Big Ten and 7th nationally.

Braun’s buzzer beater with 1.7 seconds left was the first last-second game-winning shot for Minnesota since Feb. 26, 2016, when Carlie Wagner beat No. 5 Ohio State in overtime. His 34 points are the second-most points by a freshman in school history and are the most since Laura Coenen at Wisconsin on Feb. 18, 1983.

Braun’s week started with a 21-point performance in his college debut against Western Illinois. His 21 points tie him for third most by a debuting freshman in school history. Braun is one of two Big Ten players to score 30 or more points in a game this season and is the second-most in a game alone behind Monika Czinano’s 36 against Drake.

Nationally, Braun is one of nine players to drop at least 34 points in a game this season, with the most in a game this season being 39 by Hannah Cooper of Oral Roberts against UNLV.

The honor for Braun is the first for the Gophers since Alanna ‘Rose’ Micheaux last December. In addition to his 27.5 points per game, Braun is also averaging 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 steals while shooting 46.7 percent from the floor.

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