Big 12 Honors Spears For Third Time
BOULDER - University of Colorado's Brittany Spears has been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week by a media voting panel for games the week of Feb. 26-Mar. 3.
This is the third Big 12 Rookie of the Week honor for Spears as she was also cited on Jan. 7 and Feb. 11. She's the first Colorado player to earn three Big 12 weekly honors in the same campaign. It is the fourth Big 12 weekly award for the Buffs this season as Bianca Smith was named Player of the Week on Dec. 10. Colorado's four Big 12 weekly honors in 2007-08 are its most in the 12 years of the conference.
Spears recorded back-to-back double-doubles last week in road games against No. 8 (AP)/8 (WBCA) Baylor and Nebraska. For the week, the 6-1 forward from Pasadena, Calif., averaged 15 points, 12.5 rebounds and two steals. She scored 16 points and had a career-high 14 rebounds against the Lady Bears in Waco. Spears added 14 points, 11 rebounds and four steals against Nebraska.
She is squashing any notion of hitting the proverbial freshman wall as she has played some of her strongest games in recent weeks during the Big 12 schedule. Spears has recorded double-doubles in three of the last five games and is averaging 14.8 points and 10.8 rebounds over that five-game span that has included games against ranked Baylor and Kansas State teams as well as Texas.
Spears leads all Big 12 freshmen in scoring (14.0 ppg), rebounding (7.7 rpg), blocked shots (1.5 bpg) and free-throw percentage (.879) while ranking second in steals (1.8 spg) and fourth in assists (1.7 apg). She is the Big 12's top free-throw shooter in league only games as she has made 92.5 percent (37-of-40) during the conference schedule. Spears is the 13th leading freshman scorer in the nation through games of March 2, and her 391 points are the most by a CU freshman since Shelley Sheetz had 437 in 1991-92. Her 215 rebounds and 43 blocks are both third on CU's all-time freshman list.
Colorado will close the regular season by hosting the University of Missouri on Wednesday, March 5, at 7 p.m. at the Coors Events/Conference Center.