IRVING (October 3, 2012) -- In a vote by the league’s head coaches, senior post Brittney Griner was named Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year for the third consecutive season while Alexis Prince was tabbed Preseason Freshman of the Year as part of the Conference’s 2012-13 Women’s Basketball preseason awards. Texas Tech’s Jackie Patterson was selected Preseason Newcomer of the Year. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Along with Griner, junior point guard Odyssey Sims was a preseason All-Big 12 selection, while senior forward/post Destiny Williams earned honorable mention honors.
Griner is a two-time Big 12 Player of the Year and three-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year recipient as well as a unanimous All-America selection the past two seasons. She was also the consensus National Player of the Year in 2012 after leading Baylor to a 40-0 record and the national championship. The 6-8 senior post has helped the Lady Bears to the last two Big 12 regular season and postseason titles. Griner topped the Big 12 with 23 points, 5.2 blocks and a .609 field goal percentage in 2011-12. She was second with 9.5 rebounds a game. The Houston, Texas, native holds the Big 12 career blocked shots record (599) and is fourth in scoring (2,425 points).
Prince was a four-year starter at Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla. As a senior, she led the Eagles to the Florida Class 6A state title and a 28-4 record while averaging 19.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.6 steals, 3.1 blocks and 2.6 assists. Her honors include Parade Magazine, McDonald’s and WBCA All-American as well as MVP of the McDonald’s All-American game after posting 15 points and nine rebounds.
Griner and Sims were joined on the Preseason All-Big 12 team by Chelsea Poppens (Iowa State), Angel Goodrich (Kansas) and Aaryn Ellenberg (Oklahoma). Each was honored on the All-Big 12 Teams at the conclusion of 2011-12 with Griner, Sims, Poppens and Ellenberg earning first team honors while Goodrich was a second team selection.
Joining Williams as an honorable mention are Carolyn Davis (Kansas), Brittany Chambers (K-State), Whitney Hand (Oklahoma), Chassidy Fussell (Texas) and Asya Bussie (West Virginia)
2012-13 Big 12 Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason awards
(coaches not allowed to vote for own players)
Preseason Player of the Year
Brittney Griner, Baylor, C, 6-8, Sr., Houston, Texas/Nimitz
Preseason Newcomer of the Year
Jackie Patterson, Texas Tech, F, 6-1, Jr, Frisco, Texas/Hutchinson Community College
Preseason Freshman of the Year
Alexis Prince, Baylor, G, 6-1, Fr, Orlando, Fla./Edgewater High School
Preseason All-Big 12 (listed alphabetically by school)
Brittney Griner (Baylor), Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Chelsea Poppens (Iowa State), Angel Goodrich (Kansas), Aaryn Ellenberg (Oklahoma)
Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school)
Destiny Williams (Baylor), Carolyn Davis (Kansas), Brittany Chambers (K-State), Whitney Hand (Oklahoma), Chassidy Fussell (Texas), Asya Bussie (West Virginia)