Oklahoma’s Aaryn Ellenberg and Oklahoma State’s Tiffany Bias each earned spots on the All-Big 12 first team, announced Thursday.
Ellenberg, a senior guard from Las Vegas, is averaging 18.7 points per game this season and is OU’s season and career record-holder for 3-pointers made.
Bias, a senior guard from Andover, Kan., ranks fifth in Big 12 history with 757 career assists.
Co-champions Baylor and West Virginia put two players each on the first team, which consisted of 10 players.
OU senior point guard Morgan Hook was named to the second team.
Bias earned All-Big 12 Defensive Team honors, and guard Roshunda Johnson was named to the All-Freshman squad.
West Virginia’s Mike Carey was named as the league’s Coach of the Year, while Baylor’s Odyssey Sims took home Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Oklahoma’s Sharane Campbell and Nicole Griffin, as well as Oklahoma State’s Liz Donohoe and Brittney Martin, were honorable mention All-Big 12.
TCU NEEDS GOOD SHOWING TO MAKE NCAA TOURNEY
TCU finished its regular season with back-to-back wins over Oklahoma and Kansas State, but coach Jeff Mittie knows his squad will probably need a good showing this weekend to have a shot at qualifying for the NCAA Tournament.
The Horned Frogs (17-13 overall, 8-10 Big 12) face Texas Tech (6-25, 0-18 Big 12) to open Big 12 Tournament play at 8:30 p.m. Friday.
“I think we’ve gotta have a good showing here,” Mittie said. “Our group knows that coming in.”
The past two seasons, Big 12 teams have qualified for the NCAA Tournament with 8-10 league records.
“I’ve been in it long enough to know that there’s only one way that you 100 percent know you’re in,” said Mittie, referring to a winning the conference tournament title.
Regardless of TCU’s ultimate NCAA Tournament fate, the Horned Frogs have shown significant improvement from where they were a year ago. TCU finished dead last and 2-16 in league play last season, its first in the Big 12 Conference.
KU, KSU MEET AGAIN TO OPEN TOURNEY
Sunflower State rivals Kansas and Kansas State split their two regular-season meetings, with each winning in the others’ home gym, and will play a third time in the first Big 12 Tournament game at 6 p.m. Friday.
The Wildcats beat the Jayhawks 76-68 in the last meeting Feb. 26.
“There’s a lot of emotion,” said KU coach Bonnie Henrickson. “Having not been on the right end of the last one, it feels good to have a chance to redeem ourselves a little bit.”
The winner of Friday’s game faces top-seeded Baylor at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinals.
Kansas handed Baylor one of its two Big 12 losses this season, shocking the Bears 76-60 on Jan. 19.
Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale, on her team’s lack of consistency this season: “Mental toughness reveals itself in layups, free throws, simple plays. Wide-open 3s. Those are plays we haven’t made a lot of times, and that’s been frustrating. And I know frustrating for (the players) as well.”