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2007-08 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Awards Announced
March 07, 2008
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March 7, 2008

DALLAS - Deb Patterson (Kansas State) was chosen Big 12 Coach of the Year while Courtney Paris (Oklahoma) earned her second consecutive Big 12 Player of the Year honor, highlighting the 2007-08 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Awards.

Dominic Seals (Texas Tech) was voted Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, Danielle Robinson (Oklahoma) garnered Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Courtney Paris (Oklahoma) was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and Morenike Atunrase (Texas A&M) earned the Sixth Man Award. The honors were voted on by the league's head coaches, with coaches not allowed to vote for their own players.

Patterson led Kansas State to the 2008 Big 12 regular season title, the team's second championship since 2004. The Wildcats became the first team in Big 12 women's or men's basketball history to go from last in the conference standings to first the next year. KSU finished 13-3 in Big 12 contests, one game ahead of second place Baylor. Kansas State is 21-8 on the year with four wins over Top 25-ranked opponents.

Paris leads the Big 12 in rebounding (14.9), field goal percentage (57.4) and blocks (3.36) and is second in scoring (18.3). Her NCAA record for consecutive double-doubles is at 89 games. Paris scored 20-plus points in 10 games this season and had five outings with 20 or more boards.

In her first season with the Lady Raiders, Seals has started 29 of 30 games and leads TTU in scoring (13.8) and rebounding (8.4). She is 14th in the Big 12 in scoring and third in the league in rebounding. Seals has earned three Big 12 Rookie of the Week awards this season.

Robinson took over the starting point guard duties for Oklahoma in her second collegiate game. She is fourth in the Big 12 in both assists (4.25) and steals (2.29). Her 12.7 points a game are second for the Sooners and 18th in the league. She was named Big 12 Rookie of the Week on four occasions.

Atunrase has been the Aggies' first player off the bench after missing the season's opening nine games while recovering from surgery in October to correct a non-healing stress fracture in her right tibia. Her 9.3 points rank third-best for A&M, while her 4.2 rebounds are fifth. She scored a season-high 24 points against Baylor on March 1.

2007-08 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Awards
Coach of the Year: Deb Patterson, Kansas State
Player of the Year: Courtney Paris, Oklahoma
Newcomer of the Year: Dominic Seals, Texas Tech
Freshman of the Year: Danielle Robinson, Oklahoma
Defensive Player of the Year: Courtney Paris, Oklahoma
Sixth Man Award: Morenike Atunrase, Texas A&M

All-Big 12 First Team (alphabetical by school)
Player School Pos Ht Cl Hometown
Rachel Allison Baylor F/P 6-1 Jr Jonesboro, Ark.
Angela Tisdale Baylor G 5-7 Sr Austin, Texas
Jackie McFarland Colorado F 6-3 Sr Derby, Kan.
Kimberly Dietz Kansas State G 5-9 Sr Boulder, Colo.
Shalee Lehning Kansas State G 5-9 Jr Sublette, Kan.
Kelsey Griffin Nebraska F 6-2 Jr Eagle River, Alaska
Courtney Paris Oklahoma C 6-4 Jr Piedmont, Calif.
Andrea Riley Oklahoma State G 5-5 So Dallas, Texas
Danielle Gant Texas A&M G/F 5-11 Jr Oklahoma City, Okla.
Takia Starks Texas A&M G 5-8 Jr Houston, Texas
 
All-Big 12 Second Team (alphabetical by school)
Alison Lacey Iowa State G 6-0 So Canberra, Australia
Marlies Gipson Kansas State F 6-0 Jr McPherson, Kan.
Brittainey Raven Texas G 6-0 So Fort Worth, Texas
A'Quonesia Franklin Texas A&M G 5-3 Sr Tyler, Texas
Dominic Seals Texas Tech F 6-2 Jr Dallas, Texas

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (alphabetical by school)
Jessica Morrow and Jhasmin Player (Baylor), Brittany Spears (Colorado), Danielle McCray (Kansas), Alyssa Hollins (Missouri), Danielle Page (Nebraska), Ashley Paris and Danielle Robinson (Oklahoma), Danielle Green, Maria Cordero and Taylor Hardeman (Oklahoma State), Carla Cortijo and Ashley Lindsey (Texas)

Big 12 All-Defensive Team (alphabetical by school)
Player School Pos Ht Cl Hometown
Rachel Allison Baylor F/P 6-1 Jr Jonesboro, Ark.
Yvonne Turner Nebraska G 5-8 So Omaha, Neb.
Courtney Paris Oklahoma C 6-4 Jr Piedmont, Calif.
Danielle Robinson Oklahoma G 5-9 Fr San Jose, Calif.
Danielle Gant Texas A&M G/F 5-11 Jr Oklahoma City, Okla.
 
Big 12 All-Rookie Team (alphabetical by school)
Player School Pos Ht Cl Hometown
Brittany Spears Colorado F 6-1 Fr Pasadena, Calif.
Kelsey Bolte Iowa State G 6-1 Fr Ida Grove, Iowa
Krysten Boogaard Kansas F 6-5 Fr Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Danielle Robinson Oklahoma G 5-9 Fr San Jose, Calif.
Dominic Seals Texas Tech F 6-2 Jr Dallas, Texas

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