Oct. 2, 2013
WACO, Texas - Baylor is well-represented in the preseason All-Big 12 Conference awards as announced by the league today. Odyssey Sims and Ieshia Small were two of three players selected by the head coaches for 2013-14 women's basketball season preseason recognition. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.
Sims was named Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year after earning unanimous All-America honors last season. She is a two-time All-Big 12 selection and was the league's 2011 Freshman of the Year. The senior point guard averaged 12.9 points, 2.5 rebounds and 5.8 assists in the Lady Bears' run to the Sweet 16 in 2012-13. She finished second in the nation with a 2.67 assist-turnover ratio.
Small received Big 12 Preseason Freshman of the Year honors. This marks the second-consecutive season and third in the last four in which the Lady Bears have captured preseason recognition for both player and freshman of the year. The guard from Miami, Fla., was a 2013 McDonald's All-American and Florida's Gatorade Player of the Year. She was ranked by recruiting services as No. 3 nationally in her position and No. 19 overall. Small averaged 25.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 5.0 steals as a high school senior.
Oklahoma State junior transfer Marisha Wallace was selected Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.
Joining Sims on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team were Hallie Christofferson (Iowa State), Aaryn Ellenberg (Oklahoma), Imani McGee-Stafford (Texas) and Asya Bussie (West Virginia).
Baylor sophomore Alexis Prince, last year's preseason freshman of the year, received honorable mention honors along with Tiffany Bias (Oklahoma State), Liz Donohoe (Oklahoma State), Zahna Medley (TCU), Nneka Enemkpali (Texas) and Christal Caldwell (West Virginia).