Russell Earns Fourth Valley Newcomer of the Week Honor

Feb. 6, 2012

ST. LOUIS - For the fourth time this season, junior transfer Jamie Russell was named the Missouri Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week for the week of Feb. 6, as announced by the league office Monday. Russell also received the honor on Nov. 28, Jan. 2 and Jan. 16.

Russell has played a crucial part for the Redbirds on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball during the 2011-12 season. On the season, Russell leads ISU in steals (48) and assists (77) and is the team's second-leading scorer with 12.0 points per game.

Through 10 Valley games, the junior guard leads the Redbirds in steals (23), is the second-leading scorer with 13.5 points per game and the second-leading rebounder with 6.3 boards per game. Russell is currently in the top-five in the Valley in steals and assists. In assists, she ranks fifth with 3.7 per game and is fourth in steals with 2.3 per game.

Russell was perfect (7-of-7) from the free throw line in Illinois State's 78-67 win over Indiana State Friday. Russell also made five shots from the field, collecting 17 points in the game. She recorded five rebounds, including four on the offensive side of the ball. In 30 minutes of play, Russell also handed out three assists and had two steals.

The Rock Falls, Ill., native is the second Redbird to receive the award, and she marks the fifth honor for ISU. Freshman Maddie Oliver received the honor on Nov. 14. Missouri State's Karly Buer was named Player of the Week.

The Redbirds will host Northern Iowa Friday at 6:05 p.m., on Doug Collins Court in Redbird Arena.

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