Lewis, Woods Named All-Big 12
Lewis, Woods Named All-Big 12
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State's Breanna Lewis and Ashia Woods were recognized for their strong seasons, as Lewis was named an All-Big 12 Second Team selection and Woods an All-Big 12 Honorable Mention recipient in an announcement by the league office on Wednesday. Lewis also became the first player in program history to be named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team.
Since the formation of the Big 12 in 1996-97, Kansas State has received 42 All-Big 12 honors by 20 different players. Of the 42 All-Big 12 citations, 17 have been on the first team, nine second team honors, four third team recipients and 12 honorable mention honors. This is the first time since the 2011-12 season that K-State has placed two players on the All-Big 12 teams.
During her break out season, Lewis became in program history to register the combination of 300 or more points, 150 or more rebounds, 80 or more blocks and 40 or more steals. She is one of just nine players in NCAA Division I this season to average 10 or more points, five or more rebounds, three or more blocks and at least one steal per game.
The guard from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has been one of the most improved players in the Big 12 this season. She leads the Wildcats in a number of statistical categories, including: 11.4 points (15th in the Big 12), 6.4 rebounds (10th in the Big 12), 3.1 blocks (2nd in the Big 12) and 1.7 steals (8th in the Big 12). She has set career-highs in every statistical category this season.
Lewis earned her Big 12 All-Defensive honor anchoring one of the Big 12's top defenses this season. She has been responsible for 64.7 percent of K-State's blocked shots with her single season school record of 90 blocked shots. At the end of the regular season, Lewis registered a combined 139 blocks and steals, setting the school record for combined steals and blocks in a season. She is the only player in the Big 12 among the top-10 in both blocks and steals.
Woods has set career-highs in several categories this season, including: points (291), field goals made and attempted (109-of-240), free throws made and attempted (68-of-132), rebounds (175), assists (78), steals (68). She ranks among the Big 12 in several categories including: points (10.0, 25th), rebounds (6.0, 12th), assists (2.7, 12th), steals (2.3, 4th) and offensive rebounds (2.5, 6th).
In Big 12 individual awards announced on Wednesday, sophomore Nina Davis of Baylor was named the Big 12 Player of the Year. Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey earned her fifth career Big 12 Coach of the Year honor for guiding the Lady Bears to the 2015 Big 12 regular season title.
The Big 12 Freshman of the Year was guard Gabbi Ortiz of Oklahoma, the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year was Peyton Little of Oklahoma, the Defensive Player of the Year was Chelsea Prince of TCU and the Sixth Man Award went to Khadijiah Cave of Baylor.
In addition to Davis, other players named to the All-Big 12 First Team were: Niya Johnson, Baylor; Nikki Moody, Iowa State; Chelsea Gardner, Kansas; Peyton Little, Oklahoma; Brittney Martin, Oklahoma State; Zahna Medley, TCU; Imani McGee-Stafford, Texas; Amber Battle, Texas Tech and Bria Holmes, West Virginia.
Joining Lewis on the All-Big 12 Second Team were: Gioya Carter, Oklahoma; Kaylon Williams, Oklahoma; Veja Hamilton, TCU and Kelsey Lang, Texas.
Under first year head coach Jeff Mittie, Kansas State finished the regular season with a 17-12 overall record, an improvement of six wins from last season, and a 7-11 mark in the Big 12, which marked the most wins in league play since the 2011-12 season.
K-State, as the No. 8 seed, will face the No. 9 seed Kansas (15-16, 6-12 Big 12) in the 2015 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championships in Dallas, Texas, at American Airlines Center with a tip time of 6 p.m.. Friday night's game will be broadcast on FOX College Sports Central.
Friday's game will also be broadcast on the radio through the K-State Sports Network and for free online at kstatesports.com/allaccess. Handling the radio broadcast will be the award-winning Brian Smoller on play-by-play and former Wildcat letter winner Kristin Waller with the analysis. Fans can also follow the free live stats at kstatesports.com and receive updates on Twitter by following @kstate_gameday.
2014-15 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Awards
Coach of the Year: Kim Mulkey, Baylor
Player of the Year: Nina Davis, Baylor
Freshman of the Year: Gabbi Ortiz, Oklahoma
Newcomer of the Year: Peyton Little, Oklahoma
Defensive Player of the Year: Chelsea Prince, TCU
Sixth Man Award: Khadijiah Cave, Baylor
All-Big 12 First Team (all honors listed alphabetical by school)
Nina Davis, Baylor; Niya Johnson, Baylor; Nikki Moody, Iowa State; Chelsea Gardner, Kansas; Peyton Little, Oklahoma; Brittney Martin, Oklahoma State; Zahna Medley, TCU; Imani McGee-Stafford, Texas; Amber Battle, Texas Tech; Bria Holmes, West Virginia
All-Big 12 Second Team
Breanna Lewis, Kansas State; Gioya Carter, Oklahoma; Kaylon Williams, Oklahoma; Veja Hamilton, TCU; Kelsey Lang, Texas
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Sune Agbuke, Baylor; Imani Wright, Baylor; Seanna Johnson, Iowa State; Brynn Williamson, Iowa State; Asia Boyd, Kansas; Natalie Knight, Kansas; Ashia Woods, Kansas State; Sharane Campbell-Olds, Oklahoma; Liz Donohoe, Oklahoma State; LaShawn Jones, Oklahoma State; Chelsea Prince, TCU; Nneka Enemkpali, Texas; Brady Sanders, Texas; Averee Fields, West Virginia
Big 12 All-Defensive Team
Sune Agbuke, Baylor; Breanna Lewis, Kansas State; Sharane Campbell-Olds, Oklahoma; Brittney Martin, Oklahoma State; Chelsea Prince, TCU
Big 12 All-Freshman Team
Kristy Wallace, Baylor; Lauren Aldridge, Kansas; Gabbi Ortiz, Oklahoma; Ariel Atkins, Texas; Brooke McCarty, Texas