Brittany Spears Named First Team All-Big 12
BOULDER - University of Colorado senior Brittany Spears has been named to the 2010-11 All-Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball First Team the league office announced on Monday.
A 6-foot-1 guard/forward from Pasadena, Calif., Spears is Colorado's fifth All-Big 12 First Team honoree and the third different player to earn that distinction. Tera Bjorklund earned back-to-back first team awards in 2002-03 and 2003-04 as did Jackie McFarland in 2006-07 and 2007-08. It's the second all-league citation for Spears, as she was a second team pick in 2008-09. Overall, it's the 14th All-Big 12 honor for the Buffaloes.
Spears leads Colorado and ranks fifth in the Big 12 in scoring at 18 points per game. She is also second in defensive rebounds (5.9 drpg), fourth in 3-point field goals (2.3 3mpg) and overall rebounding (8.0 rpg), seventh in free-throw percentage (.811) and 10th in blocked shots (1.1 bpg) and steals (1.9 spg).
Spears has scored in double-digits in 27-of-29 games this season and her eight double-doubles rank fifth among Big 12 players. She enters this week's Big 12 Championship as the active leading scorer in the conference with 2,054 points and ninth on the league's all-time list. Spears needs 14 points to overtake Lisa Van Goor (1980-85) for the Buffaloes' career scoring lead.
Colorado, 15-14 overall, is the No. 9 seed in the upcoming Big 12 Championship and will open with No. 8 seed Kansas on Tuesday, March 8, at 10 a.m. MST at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City. All Colorado women's Big 12 Championship contests will air live on FSN Rocky Mountain and on the radio at KKZN AM 760.
2010-11 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Awards
Coach of the Year: Kim Mulkey, Baylor
Player of the Year: Brittney Griner, Baylor
Newcomer of the Year: Destiny Williams, Baylor
Freshman of the Year: Odyssey Sims, Baylor
Defensive Player of the Year: Brittney Griner, Baylor
Sixth Man Award: Maryann Baker, Texas A&M and Chynna Brown, Texas Tech
All-Big 12 First Team (all honors listed alphabetical by school)
Player School Pos Ht Cl Hometown
Brittney Griner**^ Baylor C 6-8 So Houston, Texas
Melissa Jones Baylor G 5-10 Sr Thornton, Colo.
Odyssey Sims Baylor G 5-8 Fr Irving, Texas
Brittany Spears$ Colorado F 6-1 Sr Pasadena, Calif.
Kelsey Bolte** Iowa State G 6-1 Sr Ida Grove, Iowa
Carolyn Davis Kansas F 6-3 So Houston, Texas
Brittany Chambers** Kansas State G 5-8 So Jordan, Minn.
Danielle Robinson**^# Oklahoma G 5-9 Sr San Jose, Calif.
Danielle Adams**+ Texas A&M F/C 6-1 Sr Kansas City, Mo.
Tyra White Texas A&M G 6-0 Jr Kansas City, Mo.
All-Big 12 Second Team
Jalana Childs Kansas State F 6-2 Jr Orlando, Fla.
RaeShara Brown Missouri G 5-8 Sr Little Rock, Ark.
Toni Young Oklahoma State G/F 6-2 So Del City, Okla.
Chassidy Fussell Texas G 5-10 Fr Troy, Tenn.
Kierra Mallard Texas Tech C 6-3 Jr Dallas, Texas
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Lindsey Moore (Nebraska), Aaryn Ellenberg (Oklahoma), Ashleigh Fontenette and Kathleen Nash (Texas), Sydney Carter and Sydney Colson (Texas A&M), Casey Morris (Texas Tech) and Teena Wickett (Texas Tech).
Big 12 All-Defensive Team
Player School Pos Ht Cl Hometown
Brittney Griner** Baylor C 6-8 So Houston, Texas
Chelsea Poppens Iowa State F 6-2 So Aplington, Iowa
Danielle Robinson Oklahoma G 5-9 Sr San Jose, Calif.
Sydney Carter Texas A&M G 5-6 Jr DeSoto, Texas
Monique Smalls Texas Tech G 5-6 So The Woodlands, Texas
Big 12 All-Freshman Team
Player School Pos Ht Hometown
Odyssey Sims** Baylor G 5-8 Irving, Texas
Hallie Christofferson Iowa State F 6-3 Hamlin, Iowa
Jordan Hooper Nebraska F 6-2 Alliance, Neb.
Aaryn Ellenberg** Oklahoma G 5-7 Las Vegas, Nev.
Chassidy Fussell** Texas G 5-10 Troy, Tenn.
** Unanimous Selections
^ 2009-10 All-Big 12 First Team Selection
# 2008-09 All-Big 12 First Team Selection
+ 2009-10 All-Big 12 Second Team Selection
$ 2008-09 All-Big 12 Second Team Selection