Jackson, Liebetrau Earn Big 12 Weekly Honors

Sept. 1, 2009

LAWRENCE, Kan. –

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Lauren Jackson was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.

Kansas junior defender Lauren Jackson and freshman goalkeeper Kat Liebetrau have both been honored by the Big 12 after their performances at the Lady Vol Invite over the weekend. Jackson was selected as the Big 12’s Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday, while Liebetrau was tabbed the conference’s Newcomer of the Week.

This marks the first time since Aug. 26 of last season that KU has had multiple recipients during a single week of the conference’s awards.

Jackson, a junior from Long Beach, Calif., was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Lady Vol Invite over the weekend, helping the Jayhawks to wins over Pepperdine and Arizona State. She anchored the Kansas defensive unit which held the two opponents to 11 combined shots on goal.

Liebetrau, a redshirt freshman from Centennial, Colo., made 10 saves and allowed just one goal to help the Jayhawks defeat Pepperdine and Arizona State. The 5-foot-8 freshman posted her second shutout of the season against Arizona State, making five saves. She became the first Kansas goalkeeper to earn two shutouts in her first three career starts.

This marks the first time that either Jackson or Liebetrau has been honored by the Big 12.

Oklahoma forward Whitney Palmer was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Week.

Kansas (3-0) is ranked 23rd in the latest Soccer Times poll, and will play Long Beach State in its home-opener Friday at the Jayhawk Soccer Complex. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.