Patterson, Players Honored for Effort

IRVING, Texas Kansas State head coach Deb Patterson was named 2007-08 Big 12 Coach of the Year and three players were named to the All-Big 12 first and second team in an announcement by the Big 12 Conference on Friday afternoon.

 

Patterson, K-State’s all-time wins leader with 239 during her 12-year career, 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.

 

This is the second Big 12 Coach of the Year honor for Patterson, as she garnered the honor at the conclusion of the 2002 season. During her time at Kansas State, Patterson has averaged 20 wins a season and has guided the Wildcats to six straight postseason appearances, the longest current postseason streak at K-State.

 

The Wildcats had two players named to the All-Big 12 first team, as the backcourt of senior Kimberly Dietz and junior Shalee Lehning earned the distinction. The selections of Dietz and Lehning to the All-Big 12 first team are the first such selections for the Wildcats since the 2005 season. This is the third time in school history that the Wildcats have had two players on the All-Big 12 first team. In the program’s history, K-State has had six players earn All-Big 12 first team honors.

 

Dietz, a native of Boulder, Colo., leads the Wildcats in scoring this season at 15.4 points per game and ranks eighth in the league. During Big 12 play Dietz has turned up her game, as she has tallied 17.1 points per game to rank fourth in the league in scoring for conference games. Dietz has climbed the career scoring charts this season, as she moved into 10th all-time for career points with 1,321.

 

Lehning is the league leader in assists per game at 6.38 and ranks among the top-15 in seven statistical categories. The 5-9 guard from Sublette, Kan., is the shortest player to appear among the top-15 in rebounding and ranks 11th with 7.5 per game. Lehning is coming off a virtuoso performance with a career-high of 29 points and 17 rebounds at Kansas to help seal K-State’s Big 12 regular season crown.

 

On the All-Big 12 second team, junior Marlies Gipson represents the Wildcats. The forward from McPherson, Kan., ranks fifth in the league in blocks per game at 2.24, sixth in the league in rebounds per game at 7.8, sixth in field goal percentage at .520 and 21st in scoring at 11.7. Earlier this season, Gipson registered 21 points, 16 rebounds and five blocks at Oklahoma State to help her garner Big 12 Player of the Week honors for Jan. 28.   

 

The top-seeded Wildcats will begin action at the 2008 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championships on Wednesday, March 12 at 12 p.m. K-State will take on the winner of Tuesday’s Iowa State/Colorado contest in Municipal Auditorium. To purchase tickets, please call (816) 931-3330 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.

 

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