Mazzante selected Suzy Favor Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year

June 29, 2004

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State basketball standout Kelly Mazzante today added to her tremendous list of accomplishments with her selection as the Suzy Favor Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year.

The leading scorer in the history of the Big Ten Conference, Mazzante becomes the fourth Penn State student-athlete to earn the Suzy Favor honor since 1996, joining: Olga Kalinovskaya, fencing (1996); Lauren Cacciamani, volleyball (2000); and Christie Welsh, soccer (2002). 

Mazzante was honored by the Big Ten along with Minnesota wrestler Damion Hahn, a two-time national champion, who was selected the Jesse Owens Big Ten Male Athlete of the Year.

The Big Ten Athletes of the Year are selected by a panel of conference media members from nominations submitted by each institution.

Mazzante became the first player in Penn State history -- and the fourth in Big Ten annals -- to repeat as conference player of the year. A two-time Associated Press All-American, Mazzante is the only player in conference history to be named a four-time first team All-Big Ten selection. She also claimed 17 Big Ten Player of the Week awards, a conference record.

A three-time Kodak All-American, she completed her career as the Lady Lions' and Big Ten's all-time scoring leader with 2,919 points, which ranks ninth in all-time NCAA history. Mazzante holds numerous other school and conference records, including three-point goals scored (357, third in NCAA history), single season scoring (872 in 2001-02) and the freshman scoring record (529). She reached the 1,000 and 2,000-point plateaus faster than any other player in Big Ten history and scored the most points in a single game in Big Ten annals (49 versus Minnesota on Dec. 28, 2001).

A native of Montoursville, Pa., Mazzante was instrumental in Penn State winning back-to-back Big Ten championships in 2003 and 2004. She helped the Lady Lions earn a No. 1 seed in the 2004 NCAA Championship and advance to three straight NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearances, including the Elite Eight this past season.

A consensus All-American, Mazzante also was selected the CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year for women's basketball.

Mazzante is now a member of the WNBA's Charlotte Sting.

The Big Ten Conference has recognized a Jesse Owens Male Athlete of the Year since 1982 when Indiana's Jim Spivey earned the inaugural award. The following year, a women's award was created. In 1991-92 as part of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of women's athletics in the conference, the women's award was renamed in honor of former Wisconsin track standout and three-time recipient Suzy Favor.

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