To the surprise of no one, Baylor center Brittney Griner was named the Big 12’s player of the year and Texas post Imani McGee-Stafford is its freshman of the year, the conference announced Thursday.
McGee-Stafford has been named Big 12 freshman of the week six times. The 6-7 post ranks second among Big 12 freshmen in scoring (11 ppg.) and is first in rebounding (9.3) and blocked shots (73). She set a UT freshman record for blocks in a season in Tuesday’s victory over West Virginia.
McGee-Stafford also is on the conference’s All-Freshman team and is on the honorable mention list for all-conference. Joining her as honorable mention selections from Texas were junior guard Chassidy Fussell and sophomore forward Nneka Enemkpali.
The following were also honored on Thursday: Baylor’s Kim Mulkey, coach of the year; Oklahoma’s Portia Durrett and Texas Tech’s Jackie Patterson, co-newcomers of the year; Baylor’s Destiny Williams, sixth man award; and Kansas State’s Brittany Chambers, scholar-athlete of the year.
What’s in a number?: Baylor has three numbers it wants to extend this month — 55 consecutive home victories, a winning streak of 27 games, and 46 straight conference wins. The average margin of victory during those conference victories is 25 points.
The Lady Bears are 103-4 since the start of the 2010-11 season.
Etc.: Texas Tech senior guard Monique Smalls recently broke a school record by starting her 129th straight game. She has since extended that mark to 133. … TCU freshman Kamy Cole, a three-time MVP of the UIL state tournament (Brock), has posted double figures in scoring 15 times for the Horned Frogs. … Iowa State has reached 20 victories for the 12th time in coach Bill Fennelly’s 18 years with the team. … Texas finished the season with three straight victories at home, beating Kansas, TCU and WVU. … Since the Big 12 started in 1996, the conference has a non-conference record of 2,014-667 (.751).
Did you know?: Every Big 12 team finished with a winning non-conference record — for the sixth straight year.
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Kansas State (8) vs. Texas (9), 6
Kansas (7) vs. TCU (10), 8:30
Texas Tech (4) vs. Oklahoma State (5), 11 a.m., FSSW
Baylor (1) vs. Texas/KSU winner, 1:30, FSSW
Iowa State (2) vs. KU/TCU winner, 6, FSSW
Oklahoma (3) vs. West Virginia (6), 8:30, FSSW