A Season Of Honors
August 18, 2004: Two Lady Bears on Wade Trophy Pre-Season List
Standouts Sophia Young and Steffanie Blackmon are named pre-season candidates for The State Farm Wade Trophy National Player of the Year the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).
Sept. 22, 2004: Lady Bear Hoops in Top 10 in Two More Polls
Baylor nabs its fourth preseason Top 10 ranking when Lindy's Magazine and Athlon Magazine ranked them eighth and 10th, respectively. Sophia Young, a junior forward/post who hails from St. Vincent, West Indies, is named preseason second-team All-American by both publications.
Oct. 19, 2004: Lady Bears Receive Fifth Top 10 Ranking
Baylor receives its fifth top 10 ranking when Street & Smith's magazine listed the team No. 10 in its annual preseason poll. In addition, Sophia Young and Steffanie Blackmon are named preseason All-Americans by the publication.
Oct. 20, 2004: Women's Hoops Picked No. 2 by Big 12 Coaches
The Lady Bears are picked to finish second in the Big 12 by the conference's women's basketball coaches in their 2004-05 preseason poll. Texas is picked to win its third consecutive Big 12 Conference title in 2004-05.
Oct. 26, 2004: Women's Hoops' Young Named Preseason All-Big 12
Sophia Young is one of five players named preseason All-Big 12 by the league's coaches. In addition, Steffanie Blackmon is listed as an honorable mention by the coaches.
Nov. 3, 2004: Lady Bear Hoops Eighth in Coaches' Poll
Baylor receives its highest-ever ranking in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Top 25 when the poll listed the team at No. 8 in the initial ranking of the season.
Nov. 8, 2004: Women's Hoops No. 8 in AP Poll
The Baylor women's basketball team is picked No. 8 in the 2004-05 Associated Press Preseason Top 25. The ranking is Baylor's highest-ever preseason Associated Press listing - the Lady Bears were 13th in the 1976-77 preseason poll. Baylor broke out of the gate at No. 15 in 1977-78 and was 14th at the beginning of the 2001-02 season.
Nov. 9, 2004: Naismith Trophy Lists Two Lady Bears
Fifty of the country's top collegiate women's basketball players, including Steffanie Blackmon and Sophia Young, are named as preseason candidates for the Naismith Trophy presented by Cingular Wireless, The Atlanta Tipoff Club announces. The Naismith Trophy is the most prestigious national award presented annually to the men's and women's players of the year.
Nov. 16, 2004: Young Named Top-Five Power Forward
Sophia Young named by ESPN.com as one of the nation's top five power forwards.
Nov. 18, 2004: Lady Bears On Cover of Sports Illustrated
For the first time in school history, Baylor appears on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. The Lady Bears appear in the magazine's top 10 and is listed on the cover of the Nov. 22 issue.
Nov. 22, 2004: Young Named Big 12 Player of the Week
Sophia Young is named Big 12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week in the first awards announced for the 2004-05 season. Young is honored for the fourth time in her career, twice as player of the week and twice as rookie of the week.
Dec. 1, 2004: Blackmon on College Top Seniors List
The top 30 female college basketball players entering their senior season are nominated for the fourth annual BayerAdvantage® Senior CLASS Award and Steffanie Blackmon is included on the list. The award is presented annually to the nation's senior player-of-the-year for NCAA Division I men's and women's basketball.
Jan. 10, 2005: Sophia Young Named Big 12 Player of the Week
Sophia Young is named Big 12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for games played from Jan. 3-9.
Jan. 23, 2005: Two Lady Bears on Wooden Award Midseason List
Sophia Young and Steffanie Blackmon are two of 20 players on the prestigious John R. Wooden Award midseason list.
Jan. 28, 2005: Sophia Young Featured in USA Today
Sophia Young is featured in a USA Today article. Jill Lieber's story chronicles Young's basketball journey from the West Indies to Baylor and points out Young is one of the nation's best players, depite only playing organized basketball for about the last five years.
Feb. 7, 2005: Young Repeats as Big 12 Player of the Week
Sophia Young is named Big 12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for games played from Jan. 31-Feb. 6.
Feb. 17, 2005: Steffanie Blackmon Named Academic All-District
Steffanie Blackmon is selected first team ESPN All-Academic District VI by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) on Thursday, and is now eligible for national Academic All-American honors.
Feb. 21, 2005: Blackmon Named Big 12 Player of the Week
Steffanie Blackmon is named Big 12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week for games played from Feb. 14-20.
Feb. 22, 2005: Young and Blackmon Make Naismith Trophy Cut
Sophia Young and Steffanie Blackmon are named among the nation's top 30 women's college basketball players selected as mid-season candidates for the Naismith Trophy presented by Cingular Wireless as announced by the Atlanta Tipoff Club.
Mar. 1, 2005: Blackmon Finalist for Senior Class Award
As college basketball reaches the excitement of conference championships and post-season play, the 2005 Bayer Advantage® Senior CLASS Award Organizing Committee announces the 10 male and 10 female finalists for the 2004-2005 season and Steffanie Blackmon is on the list of 10.
Mar. 2, 2005: Two Lady Bears on Academic All-Big 12 List
The Big 12 Conference names 46 student-athletes to the 2005 Women's Basketball Academic All-Big 12 teams and Steffanie Blackmon and Chanelle Fox earn first team honors. Blackmon is a senior marketing major and Fox is a graduate student majoring in Health and Human Performance.
Mar. 3, 2005: Mulkey-Robertson Finalist for Coach of the Year
Twenty of the country's top collegiate women's basketball coaches are named as finalists for the Naismith Award and Kim Mulkey-Robertson is one of the finalists. The Naismith Award is the most prestigious national award presented annually to the men's and women's college basketball coaches of the year.
Mar. 3, 2005: Blackmon Named Academic All-America
Steffanie Blackmon is named to the 2004-2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Women's Basketball third team and becomes the program's first-ever Academic All-American.
Mar. 4, 2005: Chelsea Whitaker Named Big 12 Player of the Week
Chelsea Whitaker is named Big 12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week in the league's final selections of the 2004-05 season.
Mar. 4, 2005: Mulkey-Robertson Named Big 12 Coach of the Year; Blackmon, Young Repeat All-Big 12 Honors
Kim Mulkey-Robertson is chosen Coach of the Year, highlighting the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball 2004-05 All-Conference Team. Steffanie Blackmon and Sophia Young each are named first-team All-Big 12 for the second straight season.
Mar. 9, 2005: Steffanie Blackmon Selected to All-Star Team
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) selects its all-star line-up for the 2005 WBCA All-Star Challenge Game. On Saturday, April 2, the top 20 senior collegiate players in women's basketball will showcase their talents at the University of Indianapolis' Nicoson Hall. This capstone event tips-off the 24th Annual WBCA National Convention, which takes place in Indianapolis, at the site of this year's NCAA Women's Final Four®. Steffanie Blackmon is Baylor's third player selected to participate in the contest.
Mar. 10, 2005: Blackmon and Young Wooden Award Finalists
The John R. Wooden Award Committee announces the 17 women's college basketball players named to the official voting ballot for the 2005 Women's Wooden Award presented by Applied Materials and Steffanie Blackmon and Sophia Young are included on the list.
Mar. 12, 2005: Lady Bears Win Big 12 Tourney Title; Young Named Tourney MVP
The Lady Bears are ranked No. 6 and headed into the NCAA tournament as the conference regular-season and tournament champions after beating No. 17 Kansas State 68-55 in the title game. Sophia Young, the tournament MVP, leads Baylor (27-3) with 18 points and Steffanie Blackmon registers a season-high 14 rebounds.
Mar. 13, 2005: Lady Bears Garner a No. 2 Seed in NCAAs
The Baylor Lady Bears, ranked No.6 nationally and Big 12 regular season and tournament champions, receive a No. 2 seed in the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Baylor, 27-3 on the season, will make its fourth NCAA appearance in five seasons under head coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson.
Mar. 14, 2005: Young and Blackmon All-America Finalists
Sophia Young and Steffanie Blackmon are named two of 48 finalists for the Division I Kodak Women's All-American Basketball Team. WBCA member coaches in each of the eight WBCA geographical districts vote on the teams.
Mar. 16, 2005: Sophia Young Named USBWA All-America
The U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) announce its 2004-05 women's postseason honors. Sophia Young is one of 10 players on the elite list and is the first Baylor player to be named to the team.
Mar. 18, 2005: Sophia Young in Sports Illustrated Cover Collage
Sophia Young is included in Sports Illustrated's cover collage in the issue hitting newsstands March 18. In addition, a feature article on the fifth-ranked Baylor squad appears in the issue.
Mar. 23, 2005: Lady Bears Earn AP All-America Honors
Sophia Young and Steffanie Blackmon are named to The Associated Press All-America team. Baylor is just one of two schools, LSU being the other, with players on the 15-member All-America teams.
Apr. 2, 2005: Young Named to Kodak/WBCA All-America Team
Sophia Young is selected to the 2005 NCAA Division I Kodak/WBCA All-America Basketball Team. Steffanie Blackmon earns honorable mention honors.