IRVING, Texas - Brittney Griner (Baylor), Kelsey Griffin (Nebraska) and Amanda Thompson (Oklahoma) and were named Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Players of the Week by a media voting panel for games from Dec. 28-Jan. 3. Griner (freshman) picked up her fourth honor of the season while Griffin (player) earned her seventh career award and second of the season and Thompson (player) was recognized for the second time in her career.
The honor marks the fourth time a Baylor rookie has earned Big 12 Freshman on the Week honors, Shanay Washington was the Nov. 23 recipient.
PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Brittney Griner, Baylor, P, 6-8, Houston, Texas
Brittney Griner led Baylor in both scoring and rebounding in two victories last week. The 6-8 post turned in a 17-point, 9-rebound, 8-block performance in 25 minutes of play against UT-Pan American and in 23 minutes of action against Texas State, tallied 26 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals. For the week she averaged 21.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 5.5 blocks in 21.5 minutes a game. Griner shot 75 percent (18-24) from the floor and was 7-of-11 (.636) from the free throw line. With her two dunks against Texas State, she became just the second female to register two dunks in a game. Tennessee's Candace Parker achieved the feat against Army on March 15, 2006. In addition, Griner set a Baylor single-season block record with 88, topping Danielle Wilson's 2006 record of 86.
PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Kelsey Griffin, Nebraska, F, 6-2, Sr, Eagle River, Alaska
Kelsey Griffin recorded 27 points, seven rebounds and three steals in Nebraska's 88-41 win over Albany while playing just 22 minutes. She hit all nine of her shots from the field, including a career-high two three-pointers, and connected on all seven free throw attempts. The senior forward scored 18 points in the first half, as NU raced to a 53-24 halftime lead against an Albany squad that had held five of its first 10 opponents to fewer than 53 points a game. Griffin increased her team-leading averages to 18.7 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.1 steals. She ranks fifth in the Big 12 in scoring and leads the league in rebounding. She is also hitting 63.6 percent of her field goal attempts, including 50 percent (5-10) from three-point range on the season. Her five three-pointers this season have already surpassed her previous career total of three heading into her senior season.
Amanda Thompson, Oklahoma, F, 6-1, Sr, Chicago, Illinois
Amanda Thompson averaged a double-double in Oklahoma's two games last week with 19 points, 10 rebounds and a 68.2 field goal percentage. She recorded her second double-double of the season in a loss at No. 4 Tennessee with a career-high 26 points and 11 rebounds. Thompson was 10-of-13 from the field, including a 3-of-3 performance from beyond the arc, and a perfect 4-of-4 from the free throw line. Against Cal State Fullerton, the senior forward scored 12 points and had nine rebounds, seven assists and four steals in the 95-76 win. Thompson also had two blocks last week, giving her 102 for her career to rank fourth all-time at OU. She is the only Sooner in history under 6-2 to record 30 or more blocks in a season, a feat accomplished the past two seasons. Thompson is the Big 12's second-leading rebounder, totaling 9.5 per game.
2009-10 WEEKLY AWARD WINNERS
Big 12 Freshman of the Week
Nov. 16 - Anna Prins, ISU, Center
Nov. 23 - Shanay Washington, BU, Guard
Nov. 30 - Brittney Griner, BU, Post
Dec. 7 - Brittany Chambers, KSU, Guard
Dec. 14 - Brittney Griner, BU, Post
Dec. 21 - Brittney Griner, BU, Post
Dec. 28 - Meagan Malcolm-Peck, CU, Guard/Forward
Jan. 4 - Brittney Griner, BU, Post
Big 12 Player of the Week
Nov. 16 - Andrea Riley, OSU, Guard, Sr.
Nov. 23 - Brittany Spears, CU, Forward, Jr.
Nov. 30 - Andrea Riley, OSU, Guard, Sr.
Dec. 7 - Tanisha Smith, TAMU, Guard/Forward, Sr.
Dec. 14 - Alison Lacey, ISU, Guard, Sr.
Dec. 21 - Kelsey Griffin, NU, Forward, Sr.
Dec. 28 - Danielle McCray, KU, Guard/Forward, Sr.
Jan. 4 - Kelsey Griffin, NU, Forward, Sr. and Amanda Thompson, OU, Forward, Sr.