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Lady Bears Garner Numerous Big 12 Awards

(March 7, 2013) -- For the third straight season, Baylor picked up honors for coach, player and defensive player of the year highlighting the 2012-13 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Awards. The Lady Bears also received the sixth man award.

Kim Mulkey earned her fourth Big 12 Coach of the Year honor while senior Brittney Griner became the second player to be named Big 12 Player of the Year three times and the first to garner Defensive Player of the Year all four seasons in her career. Former Oklahoma player Courtney Paris also earned three player of the year accolades from 2007-09. Destiny Williams picked up the Sixth Man Award.

Mulkey, in her 13th season at Baylor, led the program to its fourth Big 12 regular season title with a 29-1 overall record and an 18-0 league mark. This is the second consecutive season the Lady Bears have gone undefeated in Big 12 play and they are 51-1 over the past three years. Baylor has also won 69 of its last 70 overall games and is 103-4 since 2010-11. The Lady Bears are ranked No. 1 in the national polls and 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 (4.1) and field goal percentage (.599) while ranking seventh in rebounds (8.9). She is the Big 12's career leader in scoring (3,123) and blocks (721) and holds national records for blocks and dunks (14). Griner is one of just six players in NCAA history to surpass 3,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. She set the Big 12 single game scoring record with 50 points in her regular season finale.

As Baylor's first player off the bench, Williams plays 20.4 minutes a game and is fourth on the team in scoring (8.1) and second in rebounding (6.8). She is hitting .523 from the field (102-of-195). Williams ranks ninth in the Big 12 in rebounding and seventh in field goal percentage.

Griner and junior guard Odyssey Sims were both unanimous selections to the league’s All-Defensive team and first team All-Big 12 and Alexis Prince was named to the All-Freshman team. Kimetria Hayden, Jordan Madden and Brooklyn Pope earned All-Big 12 honorable mention status.

2012-13 PHILLIPS 66 ALL-BIG 12 AWARDS

Coach of the Year: Kim Mulkey, Baylor
Player of the Year: Brittney Griner, Baylor**
Co-Newcomers of the Year: Portia Durrett, Oklahoma and Jackie Patterson, Texas Tech
Freshman of the Year: Imani McGee-Stafford, Texas
Defensive Player of the Year: Brittney Griner, Baylor**
Sixth Man Award: Destiny Williams, Baylor
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Brittany Chambers, K-State
** Denotes Unanimous

All-Big 12 First Team (all honors listed alphabetical by school)

Player School Pos Ht Cl Hometown
Brittney Griner~!^** Baylor C 6-8 Sr Houston, Texas
Odyssey Sims~!** Baylor G 5-8 Jr Irving, Texas
Hallie Christofferson** Iowa State F 6-3 Jr Hamlin, Iowa
Chelsea Poppens~ Iowa State F 6-2 Sr Aplington, Iowa
Angel Goodrich+ Kansas G 5-4 Sr Tahlequah, Okla.
Brittany Chambers~! K-State G 5-8 Sr Belle Plaine, Minn.
Aaryn Ellenberg~** Oklahoma G 5-7 Jr Las Vegas, Nev.
Toni Young** Oklahoma St. F 6-2 Sr Del City, Okla.
Chynna Brown Texas Tech G 5-8 Sr Dallas, Texas
Christal Caldwell West Virginia G 5-9 Jr Charlotte, N.C.

All-Big 12 Second Team

Player School Pos Ht Cl Hometown
Carolyn Davis~! Kansas F 6-3 Sr Houston, Texas
Joanna McFarland Oklahoma F 6-2 Sr Derby, Kan.
Tiffany Bias+ Oklahoma St. G 5-6 Jr Andover, Kan.
Casey Morris Texas Tech G 5-9 Sr Fairfield, Calif.
Monique Smalls Texas Tech G 5-6 Sr The Woodlands, Texas

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention

Jordan Madden (Baylor), Kimetria Hayden (Baylor), Brooklyn Pope (Baylor), Nikki Moody (Iowa State), Nneka Enempkali (Texas), Chassidy Fussell (Texas), Imani McGee-Stafford (Texas), Nicole Griffin (Oklahoma), Morgan Hook (Oklahoma), Liz Donohoe (Oklahoma State), Zahna Medley (TCU), Ayana Dunning (West Virginia)

Big 12 All-Defensive Team

Player School Pos Ht Cl Hometown
Brittney Griner** Baylor C 6-8 Sr Houston, Texas
Odyssey Sims** Baylor G 5-8 Jr Irving, Texas
Imani McGee-Stafford Texas C 6-7 Fr Los Angeles, Calif.
Monique Smalls Texas Tech G 5-6 Sr The Woodlands, Texas
Jess Harlee West Virginia F 6-1 Jr Bel Air, Md.

Big 12 All-Freshman Team

Player School Pos Ht Cl Hometown
Alexis Prince Baylor G 6-1 Fr Orlando, Fla.
Brittney Martin** Oklahoma St. G 6-0 Fr Syracuse, Utah
Imani McGee-Stafford** Texas C 6-7 Fr Los Angeles, Calif.
Zahna Medley** TCU G 5-6 Fr Springfield, Ill.
Bria Holmes West Virginia G 6-1 Fr New Haven, Conn.

** Unanimous First Team Selection
~ 2011-12 All-Big 12 First Team Selection
+ 2011-12 All Big 12 Second Team Selection
! 2010-11 All-Big 12 First Team Selection
% 2010-11 All-Big 12 Second Team Selection
^ 2009-10 All-Big 12 First Team Selection


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