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Griner, Mulkey Named Big 12 Player, Coach of the Year

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March 5, 2012


IRVING, Texas-- Baylor's top-ranked and undefeated women's basketball program garnered several postseason awards the Big 12 Conference announced today. The official All-Big 12 awards are selected by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.

Brittney Griner was named Big 12 Player of the Year for the second straight season and earned Defensive Player of the Year kudos for the third consecutive year. She was also named to the league's all-defensive team and first-team All-Big 12. Griner was joined on the league's first team for the second straight season by teammate Odyssey Sims while Destiny Williams was a second team choice and Kimetria Hayden was an honorable mention selection. Sims was also named to the All-Defensive team. Head coach Kim Mulkey was the league's choice for Coach of the Year for the second straight season and third overall.

Mulkey, in her 12th season at Baylor, led the program to its third Big 12 regular season title with a 31-0 overall record and 18-0 league mark - both Big 12 records. BU's seven-game advantage to win the Big 12 regular season is also a league best. The Lady Bears are ranked No. 1 in the national polls and are the only women's or men's basketball program to finish the regular season undefeated. BU will enter the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship as the No. 1 seed.

Griner leads the Big 12 in scoring (23.3), blocks (5.1) and field goal percentage (.616) while ranking second in rebounds (9.6). She is the Big 12's career blocked shots leader (550) and ranks second on the NCAA career chart. The 6-8 center scored a career-high 41 points in Baylor's final regular season game. Griner has scored in double-figures in 71 straight games and in 101 of 103 in her career.

2011-12 PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 AWARDS
Coach of the Year
Kim Mulkey Baylor  
Player of the Year
Brittney Griner Baylor C 6-8 Jr. Houston, Texas
Newcomer of the Year
Kelsey Bone Texas A&M C 6-4 Jr. Houston, Texas
Freshman of the Year
Liz Donohoe Oklahoma State F 6-0 Fr. Edmond, Okla.
Defensive Player of the Year
Brittney Griner Baylor C 6-8 Jr. Houston, Texas
Sixth Man Award
Sharane Campbell Oklahoma G 5-10 Fr. Spencer, Okla.

2011-12 ALL-BIG 12
Name School Pos. Ht. Cl Hometown
First Team
Brittney Griner Baylor C 6-8 Jr. Houston, Texas
Odyssey Sims Baylor G 5-8 So. Irving, Texas
Chelsea Poppens Iowa State F 6-2 Jr. Aplington, Iowa
Carolyn Davis Kansas F 6-3 Jr. Houston, Texas
Brittany Chambers Kansas State G 5-8 Jr. Belle Plaine, Minn.
Jalana Childs Kansas State F 6-2 Sr. Orlando, Fla.
Aaryn Ellenberg Oklahoma G 5-7 So. Las Vegas, Nev.
Whitney Hand Oklahoma G 6-1 Jr. Fort Worth, Texas
Chassidy Fussell Texas G 5-10 So. Troy, Tenn.
Tyra White Texas A&M G 6-0 Sr. Kansas City, Mo.
Second Team
Destiny Williams Baylor F 6-1 Jr. Benton Harbor, Mich.
Angel Goodrich Kansas G 5-4 Jr. Tahlequah, Okla.
Christine Flores Missouri F 6-3 Sr. San Antonio, Texas
Tiffany Bias Oklahoma G 5-6 So. Andover, Kan.
Sydney Carter Texas A&M G 5-6 Sr. DeSoto, Texas
Honorable Mention
Kimetria Hayden (Baylor), Aishah Sutherland (Kansas), BreAnna Brock (Missouri), Liz Donohoe (Oklahoma State), Yvonne Anderson (Texas), Ashleigh Fontenette (Texas), Kelsey Bone (Texas A&M), Adaora Elonu (Texas A&M), Monique Smalls (Texas Tech)
All-Defensive Team
Brittney Griner Baylor C 6-8 Jr. Houston, Texas
Odyssey Sims Baylor G 5-8 So. Irving, Texas
Ashley Gayle Texas C 6-4 Sr. Las Vegas, Nev.
Sydney Carter Texas A&M G 5-6 Sr. DeSoto, Texas
Monique Smalls Texas Tech G 5-6 Jr. The Woodlands, Texas
All-Freshman Team
Nikki Moody Iowa State G 5-8 Fr. Irving, Texas
Kyley Simmons Missouri G 5-7 Fr. Hamlin, Iowa
Sharane Campbell Oklahoma G 5-10 Fr. Alliance, Neb.
Liz Donohoe Oklahoma State F 6-0 Fr. Las Vegas, Nev.
Alexia Standish Texas A&M G 5-8 Fr. Troy, Tenn.

 

 

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