Redshirt-senior forward Jaylyn Agnew capped her final regular season as received the Big East Player of the Year award.
Agnew’s naming as recipient came shortly after setting her personal high of 43 points against Georgetown on senior day. The performance surpassed Creighton’s previous program record of 42 and matched the Big East single-game scoring record.
It was also just one of four games this season where Agnew recorded over 30 points in a matchup – the most in the conference since the 2014-2015 season. The first of these games came early in the season against then-ranked West Virginia which head coach Jim Flanery said was a telling game for the redshirt-senior and a “springboard” for what she had yet to come. She also recorded a previous high of 38 against Providence on Feb. 8.
As her final year closes, Flanery recognizes the growth and progress Agnew’s made in her game proving to be a multi-dimensional player on the court.
“She’s gotten better across the board,” he said. “She’s gotten a lot stronger which increased her range to shoot from, she’s stronger off the dribble. The longer she’s played the better decision maker she’s become.
This season Agnew has averaged 20.8 points per game, is the national leader in free-throw percentage and recorded 85 total assists.
But there were some setbacks to her final year.
Mid-season Agnew suffered a concussion sidelining her for the next four games – all of which being Big East matchups.
“It set her back a little bit,” Flanery said. “It takes a little bit of time to get your rhythm back, but she was probably even more motivated by the time she missed.”
Upon her return she averaged 23 points per game to finish the regular season, which included her 38- and 43-point performances.
While she proves herself consistently strong on the court Flanery notes Agnew shows a similar commitment off the court with her teammates.
“She’s one of the best includers I’ve ever coached and making sure she never leaves anyone behind,” he said. “As good as she is she’s not preaching to them.”