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Two seniors, one sophomore selected by teammates as captains
Mitchell continued her steady growth during 2015-16 campaign
The Lady Lions handed out the 2015-16 season ending awards on Monday at the Penn Stater
Penn State faces Purdue at approximately 9 p.m. on the Big Ten Network
The slow start didn't help the Penn State women's basketball team, as the Lady Lions dropped a 98-85 contest to Minnesota on Sunday (January 3) inside Williams Arena. Penn State trimmed the lead to two points late in the third quarter, but the Gophers responded on their home floor to hold off the Lady Lions' rally.
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Academic All-Big Ten (2015 & 2016)
Appeared in all 93 career games with 53 starts...Currently ranks No. 20 in Penn State history in career free throw percentage, making 208-of-271 shots from the charity stripe for a .768 clip...Owns seven career double-doubles...Posted back-to-back doubles-doubles in 2014-15; vs. Indiana (1/22; 20 p, 11 r) and vs. Northwestern (1/25; 10 p, 15 r), to become the first Lady Lion to accomplish the feat since Nikki Greene did so on Jan. 27 & 30, 2011...Was among a school-record seven Lady Lions to earn Academic All-Big Ten in 2014-15...Also earned Academic All-Big Ten during the 2015-16 season.
Awards: Earned Academic All-Big Ten. Season: Played in all 31 games with 28 starts. Rankings: Sat No. 4 in the Big Ten with a .859 free throw percentage, an average that narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA rankings. Fordham (11/15): Scored 15 points with three rebounds. at Tennessee (11/18): Logged 11 points. Central Connecticut State (11/22): Tallied 12 points with eight rebounds...Added two assists and three steals. at Cal State Northridge (11/27): Scored 13 points with six rebounds...Added two assists and one blocked shot. vs. BYU (11/28): Scored 11 points, including a 6-of-6 effort from the free throw line...Added two assists and one blocked shot. Virginia Tech (12/3): Netted five points and grabbed six rebounds...Also had one three-pointer and an assist. at USF (12/6): Shot 70.0 percent from the floor, going 7-for-10...Also made four free throws for a team-high 18 points...Dished out two assists...Had one block and three steals. Youngstown State (12/8): Posted her first double-double of the season with 16 points and 12 rebounds...Added one assist and one steal. at St. Bonaventure (12/12): Contributed five points and five rebounds...Blocked one shot. Sacred Heart (12/20): Made five field goals and went 5-for-5 from the charity stripe to tally 15 points...Added 11 rebounds for her sixth career double-double...Also had one block and three steals. Northwestern (12/31): Was one-of-three Lady Lions to pull down 10-or-more rebounds with 11 boards...Scored eight points with one block and one steal. at Minnesota (1/3): Scored seven points...Dished out a team-high four assists and tied a team-best seven rebounds. Michigan State (1/7): Dished out a team-best three helpers, while adding one steal...Scored five points, including one three-pointer...Grabbed five boards. at Wisconsin (1/10): Scored four points...Added one assist and three rebounds. Nebraska (1/13): Was one-of-five players to reach double-figure scoring for the second time in 2015-16 with 14 points...Notched four rebounds...Went 4-for-4 from the charity stripe. Michigan (1/17): Scored eight points, including one three-pointer...Had four rebounds, two steals and one blocked shot. at Iowa (1/20): Scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds...Posted a team-best three steals. at Illinois (1/23): Led the team with eight rebounds...Added nine points and one steal...Went 4-for-6 from the charity stripe. Maryland (1/27): Went 2-for-2 from the free throw line and scored eight points...Had two boards and a team-high two steals. Purdue (1/30): Notched her seventh career double-double with 10 points and a team-high 11 rebounds...Also led the team with four steals...Added one block. at Nebraska (2/2): Scored a team-high 16 points with two three-pointers and four free throws...Grabbed three rebounds...Had one steal. Rutgers (2/7): Scored three points...Also had two rebounds, one steal and one assist. at Michigan State (2/11): Had a team-high two steals...Scored seven points and grabbed three rebounds, including two offensive boards. Ohio State (2/14): Scored 10 points...Tied for team-best with three steals...Grabbed five rebounds...Also had two assists. at Northwestern (2/17): Went 4-for-5 from the floor on her way to 13 points...Had a team-best seven steals...Also tallied five rebounds and two assists. at Michigan (2/20): Scored 12 points with four rebounds...Had one steal. Iowa (2/24): Grabbed six rebounds...Scored six points and also had one steal. at Indiana (2/27): Secured five rebounds...Added four points...Also had one assist. vs. Illinois (3/2): Collected five rebounds with seven points...Had one steal. vs. Purdue (3/3): Scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds...Added three steals, one assist and one blocked shot.
Awards: Was among a school-record seven Lady Lions to earn Academic All-Big Ten. Season: Appeared in all 30 games with 25 starts...Led the team in rebounds (209), rebounding average (7.0) and steals (45)...Recorded four double-doubles on the season; vs. Rider (12/14), vs. Indiana (1/22), vs. Northwestern (1/25) and against Indiana (3/4) in the Big Ten Tournament. Rankings: Ranked No. 20 in the Big Ten in rebounding (7.0 rpg). Towson (11/14): Accounted for 10 points and a team-best three steals in the Preseason WNIT. Albany (11/16): Chipped in nine points and six rebounds...Also had four steals in the Preseason WNIT. Seton Hall (11/22): Registered eight points and 10 rebounds in the Preseason WNIT. St. Bonaventure (11/25): Pulled in nine rebounds. vs. Liberty (11/28): Logged 10 points, five rebounds and a season-high five steals. vs. Samford (11/30): Narrowly missed a double-double with eight points and nine rebounds...Added one assist, two steals and two blocks. at Syracuse (12/4): Had in five rebounds in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Wagner (12/7): Eclipsed the 200 career point mark with an early first half three-pointer...Tallied her first ever 20-point game with 20 tallies...Made a career-high eight field goals...Added seven rebounds. at Hartford (12/10): Grabbed seven rebounds with nine points...blocked one shot. Rider (12/14): Notched her first career double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds...Added four steals. USF (12/21): Posted her 10th straight game with at least five rebounds, pulling down eight caroms...Had six points. at Iowa (12/28): Grabbed four rebounds, blocked two shots and had one steal in the Big Ten opener. at Michigan (1/1): Came off the bench to score nine points...Had six rebounds and two assists. Illinois (1/4): Scored 11 points - all in the second half - and added five rebounds and two assists off the bench. Rutgers (1/10): Notched seven points, three rebounds and one assist. at Nebraska (1/15): Narrowly missed a double-double with eight points and 12 rebounds...Added two assists, one block and four steals. at Ohio State (1/18): Scored 14 points with six rebounds...Had two assists and three steals. Indiana (1/22): Moved past the 300 career point plateau with a career-high-tying 20-point effort...Added 11 rebounds for her second double-double of the season. Northwestern (1/25): Notched a career-high 15 rebounds and added 10 points for her second straight double-double...Added a career-best four assists. at Rutgers (2/1): Hauled in 11 rebounds. at Purdue (2/8): Notched her second straight double-digit rebound game and surpassed the 300 career rebound mark with 12 boards...Added three assists and six points. Michigan State (2/11): Registered 13 points with six rebounds...Had two assists and one steal. Minnesota (2/15): Nabbed six rebounds to go along with 11 points...Added a career-high-tying four assists. Ohio State (2/26): Tallied nine points and seven rebounds. Wisconsin (3/1): Logged eight points, six rebounds and a career-high-tying four assists. vs. Indiana (3/4): Logged her fourth double-double of the season in the Big Ten Tournament with 13 points and 10 rebounds...Added three assists and two steals.
Season: Appeared in all 32 games off the bench. St. Francis (Pa.) (11/8): Connected on 5-of-8 shots from the field for 11 points...Added six rebounds and one steal. Fordham (11/10): Accounted for four points...Added six rebounds, including five on the offensive glass. Bucknell (11/20): Tallied 14 points with eight rebounds...Added one steal. vs. Oregon State (11/29): Grabbed six rebounds with four points...Added one assist. vs. Illinois State (11/30): Finished with six points, shooting 2-of-2 from the field. #4/5 Notre Dame (12/4): Scored five points to go along with five rebounds and three steals. Alcorn State (12/22): Scored seven points with three rebounds. Hartford (12/29): Had six points and four rebounds. at Iowa (1/5): Recorded four points and six rebounds...Added two assists and two blocks in her Big Ten debut. Purdue (1/12): Posted six points and six rebounds...Added one assist, one block and one steal. Ohio State (1/16): Scored seven points, including a 5-of-6 effort from the free throw line...Added three boards, two assists and two steals. at Michigan State (1/19): Led the team in rebounds with 10 and added six points and one assist. at Purdue (1/30): Sealed the win with a defensive rebound and the hit one of her two free throw attempts to make it a three-point game with less than two seconds remaining. at Northwestern (2/2): Reached the 100-point milestone for her career with five points...Knocked down 3-of-4 free throws and had four rebounds. at Ohio State (2/9): Recorded four points and four rebounds. at Indiana (2/13): Surpassed the 100-rebound milestone for her career with five rebounds. Wisconsin (2/16): Scored seven points and added four rebounds...Had one assist and one steal. Northwestern (2/20): Went 7-of-7 from the charity stripe in the final 2:32 on her way to nine points...Hauled in eight rebounds and one steal. at Nebraska (2/24): Scored five points with four rebounds and two assists. Michigan (3/1): Pulled down five rebounds... Scored two points and had one assist. vs. Ohio State (3/7): Chipped in four points and seven rebounds at the Big Ten Tournament. Florida (3/25): Came off the bench to score eight points...Added seven rebounds and a team-best four steals in the NCAA Tournament Second Round.
Was the 54th-ranked recruit by Collegiate Girls Basketball Report and 40th-ranked recruit by All-Star Girls Report...Averaged 18.2 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.1 steals as a senior to lead Stephenson to a 25-6 overall record and 12-2 mark in league play...Named to All-Metro Atlanta Girls first team in 2012-13 after back-to-back third team selections as a junior and sophomore...Garnered first team All-State Class AAAAA accolades...Dekalb County Player of the Year as a senior...Was All-Region Girls Basketball first team for Region 6AAAAA...Participated in the George High School North/South All-Star Game...Named Crescent Bank Invitational All-Tournament team as a senior...Accounted for 12.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.2 steals, 4.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game as a junior...Played her AAU ball for the Georgia Hoopstars Black.
Full name is Kaliyah Meonna Mitchell...Daughter of Keesa and Kenneth Mitchell Sr. ...Has one older brother, Kenny...Brother, Kenny, was an all-conference basketball player at Virginia State University...Majoring in childhood and early adolescent education...Born November 21, 1994 in Decatur, Ga.