Chambers, Childs Named to All-Big 12 First Team

Brittany Chambers (left) and Jalana Childs became the fifth duo in K-State women's basketball history to be named to the All-Big 12 1st team.

March 5, 2012

IRVING, Texas – For the first time since the 2008-09 season, Kansas State placed two players on the All-Big 12 first team as junior Brittany Chambers and senior Jalana Childs garnered the honors in an announcement by the league office on Monday afternoon. This is the fifth time K-State has placed two players on the All-Big 12 first team in the same season.

Chambers is the fifth K-State women’s player in the Big 12 era to earn multiple All-Big 12 first team honors from the league’s coaches and the first since the 2010 season. The native of Jordan, Minn., was one of two players in the Big 12 to register 400 or more points, 180 or more rebounds and 60 or more assists this season. Earlier this season, she became the 12th player in the program’s history to score 400 or more points in consecutive seasons with her 429 points (14.3 ppg) and has set a new career-high for rebounds with 187. Her point-per-game average ranks eighth in the league this season, while she leads the league in three-point field goals made per game (2.5), ranks 16th in the league in rebounds per game (6.2) and is second in the league for minutes played per game (36.5).

This is the second career All-Big 12 first team honor for Chambers, as she was a unanimous selection at the conclusion of the 2011 season. In addition to her on court honors, Chambers was recognized for her work in the classroom, earning Academic All-Big 12 first team honors for the second time in her career.

Childs earned her second career all-league honor and first All-Big 12 first team citation with a strong post game this season. The forward from Orlando, Fla., has scored a career-high 423 points (14.1 ppg) in the campaign and ranks ninth in the league in the category. Earlier this season, Childs joined Chambers with consecutive seasons with 400 or more points scored and is the 17th player to score 400 or more points in her senior season for K-State.

In league action, Childs has averaged 13.7 points to rank 10th in the league. Childs turned up her production during Big 12 play as she recorded 13 games in doubles figures including a stretch of six straight contests in double digits to close out the regular season.

Earlier this season, Childs garnered Academic All-Big 12 second team honors and was the 2012 Winter Big 12 Community of Champions recipient. Prior to the start of the season, Childs was a candidate for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.

Both Chambers and Childs etched their names into K-State history earlier this year, as the duo became the 37th and 38th players in school history to register 1,000 points for their careers. Chambers ranks 11th for career points with 1,331 points and needs 11 points to climb into the top-10. Childs ranks 21st in the school history for career points with 1,174 points and needs 16 to move into the top-20.

In Big 12 individual awards announced on Monday, junior Brittney Griner of Baylor was named the Big 12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. The Lady Bears, the 2012 Big 12 regular season champion, also saw head coach Kim Mulkey earn her second straight Big 12 Coach of the Year honors.

In addition to Chambers, Childs and Baylor’s Griner, other players named to the All-Big 12 first team were: Odyssey Sims of Baylor, Chelsea Poppens of Iowa State, Carolyn Davis of Kansas, Aaryn Ellenberg of Oklahoma, Whitney Hand of Oklahoma, Chassidy Fussell of Texas and Tyra White of Texas A&M.

On the Big 12 second team were Destiny Williams of Baylor, Angel Goodrich of Kansas, Christine Flores of Missouri, Tiffany Bias of Oklahoma State and Sydney Carter of Texas A&M.

Kansas State finished the regular season with an 18-12 overall record and a 9-9 mark in the Big 12, which was tied for fourth in the Big 12 standings and resulted in the No. 5 seed in the 2012 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championships at Municipal Auditorium. K-State will play No. 4 seed Iowa State (18-11) on Thursday at 11 a.m.

2011-12 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Awards

Coach of the Year: Kim Mulkey, Baylor
Player of the Year: Brittney Griner, Baylor
Newcomer of the Year: Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M
Freshman of the Year: Liz Donohoe, Oklahoma State
Defensive Player of the Year: Brittney Griner, Baylor
Sixth Man Award: Sharane Campbell, Oklahoma

All-Big 12 First Team (all honors listed alphabetical by school)
Brittney Griner, Baylor; Odyssey Sims of Baylor; Chelsea Poppens, Iowa State; Carolyn Davis, Kansas; Brittany Chambers, Kansas State; Jalana Childs, Kansas State; Aaryn Ellenberg, Oklahoma; Whitney Hand, Oklahoma; Chassidy Fussell, Texas; Tyra White, Texas A&M

All-Big 12 Second Team
Destiny Williams, Baylor; Angel Goodrich, Kansas; Christine Flores; Missouri; Tiffany Bias, Oklahoma State; Sydney Carter, Texas A&M

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Kimetria Hayden, Baylor; Aishah Sutherland, Kansas; BreAnna Brock, Missouri; Liz Donohoe, Oklahoma State; Yvonne Anderson, Texas; Ashleigh Fontenette, Texas; Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M; Adaora Elonu, Texas A&M; Monique Smalls, Texas Tech

Big 12 All-Defensive Team
Brittney Griner, Baylor; Odyssey Sims, Baylor; Ashley Gayle, Texas; Sydney Carter, Texas A&M; Monique Smalls, Texas Tech

Big 12 All-Freshman Team
Nikki Moody, Iowa State; Kyley Simmons, Missouri; Sharane Campbell, Oklahoma; Liz Donohoe, Oklahoma State; Alexia Standish, Texas A&M