So far this season we usually on the lookout for Caleb Swanigan when it comes to Big Ten awards. This week we happily can give some love to a couple of other players in other sports.
Ae’Rianna Harris - Women’s Basketball - Harris had a big week for the women’s basketball team in wins over Rutgers and Iowa. She averaged 11 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 3 blocks to earn Co-Freshman of the Week:
Harris opened the week with eight points, a career-high 14 rebounds and tied a career-high with five blocks in a road win at Rutgers. Her rebounding mark was the most for a Purdue freshman since Shalicia Hurns grabbed 13 in the 2001 Big Ten Tournament against Iowa, while her five rejections make her the third freshman in program history to post five blocks twice in her rookie season, joining Dominique McBryde and Camille Cooper.
Harris followed up with 14 points and nine rebounds in the Boilermakers’ victory over Iowa on Sunday, marking her fifth double-figure scoring effort of the conference season. She had just one block against the Hawkeyes and now remains one shy of Purdue’s freshman record of 56, set by assistant coach Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton in 2004-05.
She is the second Purdue player to earn Freshman of the week honors this year, joining Dominique Oden.
Tanner Andrews - Baseball - It has been a long time since a Purdue pitcher has had a week this good. Andrews opened the season on Friday with a solid outing, giving up a run and two hits while striking out 9 over seven innings during Purdue’s 9-3 win over Texas State. That was enough to win Big Ten Pitcher of the Week:
Pitcher of the Week
Tanner Andrews, Purdue
Jr. – Rochester, Ind. – Tippecanoe Valley
Propelled the Boilermakers to a 9-3 win over Texas State
Pitched 7.0 innings, allowing two hits and one earned run, while striking out nine batters
Retired 21 of 24 batters faced
Collects his first career Pitcher of the Week honor
He is the first Purdue player in five years to earn Pitcher of the Week honors.