March 5, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Brittney Griner was selected Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Player of the Week by a media voting panel for games from Feb. 27-March 4. Griner was recognized for the seventh time this season and 19th week in her career while Kansas' Natalie Knight picked up her first Freshman of the Week honor.
Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week
Brittney Griner, Baylor, C, Jr, Houston, Texas
Brittney Griner led Baylor to a Big 12 Conference-record 18 league wins as it downed No. 17 Texas A&M and Iowa State. The junior center poured in a career-high 41 points vs. the Cyclones to become just the eighth Big 12 player to score 40 or more points in a contest. Griner averaged 33.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals last week while shooting .676 (23-of-34) from the floor and .833 (20-of-24) from the free throw line. Despite sitting on the bench for 12 minutes at Texas A&M, Griner tallied 25 points and eight rebounds while shooting .500 (8-of-16) from the floor and .818 (9-of-11) from the free throw line. In addition to her career-high 41 points vs. ISU, she added eight rebounds, two assists, two blocks and two steals.
Phillips 66 Big 12 Freshman of the Week
Natalie Knight, Kansas, G, Olathe, Kan.
Natalie Knight averaged 11.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists in 38 minutes per contest as Kansas split games last week with a loss to Oklahoma State and a win at Oklahoma. She had five points, five assists and two rebounds against the Cowgirls. In the regular season finale, Knight went off for a career-high 18 points at Oklahoma. She was 4-for-8 from the field, including 3-for-6 from behind the three-point arc, and finished 7-for-8 from the free throw line in the last five minutes to help seal the win. Knight also tied a personal best with seven rebounds and then added three assists. The victory was the Jayhawks' first in Norman since 1998. The win also helped KU earn the No. 6 seed in the Phillips Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship, the highest seed under head coach Bonnie Henrickson and the best since 2000.