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Arella Guirantes named First Team All-B1G & Tekia Mack earns All-Defensive Team honors

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KK Sanders was named the Sportsmanship recipient for the Scarlet Knights

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 22 Women’s Ohio State at Rutgers Photo by John Jones/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Junior Arella Guirantes was named a First Team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and media on Monday afternoon, while junior Tekia Mack was named to the All-Defensive Team, as well as an All-Big Ten honorable mention selection.

In 18 Big Ten regular season contest, Guirantes finished with the following per game averages: second in scoring at 20.6 points, third in free throw shooting at 84.1%, sixth in steals at 1.9, ninth in blocks, twelfth in three-point shooting at 37.5% and 19th in rebound at 5.7.

Guirantes joins Betnijah Laney and Tyler Scaife as the only Rutgers players to be named First Team All-Big Ten selections and the first to be unanimously selected to the First Team by the coaches. Personally, I think it’s ridiculous she wasn’t a unanimous selection by the media, as Guirantes was a legitimate Big Ten Player of the Year candidate. Kathleen Doyle of Iowa took home that prestigious honor.

In Big Ten play, Tekia Mack was third in steals at 2.2 per game, eighth in blocks at 1.3 per contest, as well ninth with 4.7 defensive rebounds per game. Mack led a Rutgers defense that finished tops in the Big Ten in scoring defense at 56.1 points per game and field goal percentage defense at 35.0%.

Senior KK Sanders was awarded the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for the third time in her career.

Rutgers earned its signature win of the season on Sunday, upsetting then no. 18/20 Iowa 78-74 in overtime to earn the no. 5 seed in this week’s Big Ten Tournament. To read more, click here.