Kelsey Mitchell will not only go down as one of the best women’s basketball players in Ohio State history, but also one of the top in NCAA history. The evidence just keeps piling up.
The USBWA announced its All-American team for women’s college basketball on Tuesday, and Mitchell was named a USBWA First Team All-American. It marks the fourth time in her career that Mitchell has been named a USBWA All-American. She becomes just the fourth player ever to be achieve this feat for four straight seasons, joining UConn’s Maya Moore, Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris and Tennessee’s Chamique Holdsclaw.
In addition, the honor is Mitchell’s third All-American honor this season. She was named a Second Team All-American by both ESPNW and the Associated Press.
Mitchell was also named the Big Ten Player of the Year by conference coaches this season. She won the conference player of the year award in 2015 and 2017, as well.
Mitchell finished her collegiate career second in the NCAA Division I all-time scoring list with 3,402 points, second only to Washington’s Kelsey Plum (3,527). She also holds the record for most 3-pointers made with 497 in her career, and ended her career on a 92-game streak with a made 3-pointer, which is the longest streak in NCAA history.
In her senior season, Mitchell averaged 24.5 points per game and was the country’s third leading scorer. She also averaged 3.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game while shooting 40.8 percent from beyond the 3-point line.
While Ohio State’s season — and Mitchell’s career — ended in disappointing fashion with a second-round loss to Central Michigan in the NCAA Tournament, it doesn’t take away from the incredible number of accomplishments that Mitchell has achieved as a Buckeye.
Here’s the full list of USBWA First Team All-Americans:
- South Carolina forward A’ja Wilson
- UConn forward Katie Lou Samuelson
- Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell
- Louisville guard Asia Durr
- Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu.