Illinois State has already made history ahead of this weekend's Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball tournament.

Junior transfer guard TeTe Maggett was named MVC Newcomer of the Year, announced Thursday, as the Redbirds have claimed the honor in back-to-back seasons for the second time in program history.

"I am so proud of TeTe for being named Newcomer of the Year," ISU head coach Kristen Gillespie said. "This was our vision for her during the recruiting process. Her desire to become great is what sets her apart, and I think she is only starting to scratch the surface of the player she will become." 

Maggett established herself as a starter from the beginning, making her first start in the second game of the season and starting in 26 of her 29 games played.

A North Chicago, Illinois native, Maggett averaged 15.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, and team-highs with 2.5 assists and 33.9 minutes played per game.

Maggett becomes the fourth Redbird to win the honor and follows ISU senior Simone Goods' 2018 MVC Newcomer of the Year award.

ISU's Jamie Russel and Janae Smith previously won back-to-back MVC Newcomer of the Year awards in 2012 and 2013, respectively.

The Redbirds (18-11) have finished above .500 for the first time since the 2012-13 season when they went 25-11.

With the Hoops in the Heartland underway Thursday night, ISU is set to play Bradley at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Taxslayer Center in Moline, Illinois.

KADE HEATHER is Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at Follow him on Twitter at @kade_heather 

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