MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (March 15, 2021) – After a notching three, double-figure scoring performances in the 2021 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship last week, sophomore guard Kirsten Deans of the women’s basketball team has been named the WVU Student-Athlete of the Week, presented by University Apartments.
Deans averaged 12.3 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game across WVU’s three tournament games a week ago. In the quarterfinals against No. 10-seed Kansas State on March 12, the Greensboro, North Carolina, native tallied 11 points for the No. 2-seed Mountaineers. With less than a minute to go in the quarterfinals, Deans scored seven unanswered points for West Virginia, including the breakaway, game-winning bucket at the buzzer to help WVU advance to the semifinals against No. 3-seed Oklahoma State.
In the semifinals, the sophomore guard sealed the game for the Mountaineers with a step back 3-pointer that put WVU up by 11 with 3:20 to go in the game. Deans finished the contest with 11 points, as West Virginia advanced to the Big 12 Championship title game for the first time since 2017. In the tournament finale against No. 1-seed Baylor, Deans tallied a team-high 15 points and hauled in four rebounds, while shooting 42.9% from 3-point range and went 6-for-6 at the free-throw line.