Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell named espnW player of the week

Ohio State senior Kelsey Mitchell scored 91 points in three games and became the NCAA Division I career leader for 3-pointers. AP Photo/David Dermer

Editor's note: Charlie Creme, Graham Hays and Mechelle Voepel each vote to determine espnW's national player of the week, which is awarded every week of the women's college basketball season.

Ohio State guard Kelsey Mitchell has made countless headlines for her prodigious scoring over the years, and she did plenty of that over the past few days.

But consider these things, too: She had 12 assists to three turnovers, and added 13 rebounds, in three Buckeye wins, and she showed the poise and leadership that her team needed on the way to a tournament victory.

The No. 9 Buckeyes defeated Memphis, Florida Gulf Coast and No. 14 Stanford on the way to claiming the Play4Kay Shootout title in Las Vegas. And Mitchell, who totaled 91 points in the three games, is our espnW player of the week.

It wasn't an easy choice to make with so many standout performances at various holiday tournaments -- including defending NCAA champion South Carolina losing for the first time since February, falling to Notre Dame in the Gulf Coast Showcase championship game in Estero, Florida.

But Mitchell got the nod after a week in which she became the career leader for 3-pointers in NCAA Division I women's basketball history. That happened Friday, as her seven treys in beating Florida Gulf Coast 104-62 put her at 402 for her career. The previous mark was held by UConn's Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis with 398.

Then Saturday against Stanford, Mitchell hit two more from behind the arc, but she really stood out at the free throw line, where she made an Ohio State single-game record 19 of 20.

"It was a goal of mine," Mitchell said, "to get to the line."

In all, she had 37 points -- her 24th game of 30 or more points at Ohio State -- as the Buckeyes prevailed 94-82 in overtime. Mitchell was named the tournament MVP.

It was the second time this month that Ohio State and Stanford faced off; they also met in the season opener for both teams on Nov. 10 in Columbus, Ohio. The Buckeyes won that game handily 85-64, with Mitchell scoring 30 points.

The young Cardinal have improved rapidly, but they still couldn't stop Mitchell in the rematch. The next to try: Duke, which host the Buckeyes on Thursday (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET).

Also nominated: Madison Guebert, South Dakota State; Kitija Laksa, South Florida; Arike Ogunbowale, Notre Dame; Alanna Smith, Stanford; A'ja Wilson, South Carolina; Jackie Young, Notre Dame

Previous winners: Louisville's Durr (Nov. 20)