March 6, 2014
IRVING, Texas – Kansas State’s Leticia Romero added another couple pieces of hardware to her trophy case in her freshman season with the Wildcats, as she was named an All-Big 12 Second Team selection and a unanimous selection to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team in an announcement by the league office on Thursday.
Romero is K-State’s first Big 12 All-Freshman Team representative since Ashley Sweat at the end of the 2006-07 season and is the first K-State freshman to earn All-Big 12 honors since the 2002 season.
During her debut season, Romero has been responsible for 44.6 percent of K-State’s made field goals this season. She is the first freshman in school history and only freshman guard in NCAA Division I this season to register the combination of 400 or more points, 100 or more rebounds, 100 or more assists and 50 or more steals.
The guard from Las Palmas, Spain, who was the first player in school history to be selected as a four-time Phillips 66 Big 12 Freshman of the Week, has pieced together one of the best freshman seasons in school history. She leads the Wildcats in a number of statistical categories, including: 14.2 points (10th in Big 12), 5.8 rebounds (15th in Big 12), 4.8 assists (6th in Big 12) and 1.9 steals (7th in Big 12). She also ranks among the league’s top-15 in 3-point field goal percentage (.394; 6th), free throw percentage (.762; 12th), defensive rebounds per game (4.4; 13th) and minutes per game (32.3 mpg; 9th).
Her 412 points this season are the fourth highest total by a freshman in school history and the most by a K-State freshman since the 2001-02 season. Her 140 assists are the third most by a freshman and rank 11th in school history for a single season.
In league action, Romero was the league’s top freshman scorer (15.2 ppg; 8th in Big 12), passer (4.2 apg; 6th in Big 12) and paced the league’s freshman in steals (1.7 spg; 7th in Big 12).
Since the formation of the Big 12 in 1996-97, Kansas State has received 40 All-Big 12 honors by 18 different players. Of the 40 All-Big 12 citations, 17 have been on the first team, eight second team honors, four third team recipients and 11 honorable mention honors.
In Big 12 individual awards announced on Thursday, senior Odyssey Sims of Baylor was named the Big 12 Player of the Year. West Virginia head coach Mike Carey was named Big 12 Coach of the Year for guiding the Mountaineers to the 2014 co-Big 12 regular season title.
In addition to Sims, other players named to the All-Big 12 First Team were: Nina Davis, Baylor; Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State; Chelsea Gardner, Kansas; Aaryn Ellenberg, Oklahoma; Tiffany Bias, Oklahoma State; Zahna Medley, TCU; Nneka Enemkpali, Texas; Asya Bussie, West Virginia; Bria Holmes, West Virginia
Joining Romero on the All-Big 12 Second Team were: Nikki Moody, Iowa State; Morgan Hook, Oklahoma; Imani McGee-Stafford, Texas and Amber Battle, Texas Tech.
Kansas State finished the regular season with an 11-18 overall record and a 5-13 mark in the Big 12, which was ninth in the Big 12 standings. K-State will face the No. 8 seed Kansas (12-18, 5-13) in the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla., at Chesapeake Energy Arena 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 letterwinner 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.
2013-14 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Awards
Coach of the Year: Mike Carey, West Virginia
Player of the Year: Odyssey Sims, Baylor
Freshman of the Year: Nina Davis, Baylor
Defensive Player of the Year: Odyssey Sims, Baylor
Sixth Man Award: Taylor Palmer, West Virginia
All-Big 12 First Team (all honors listed alphabetical by school)
Nina Davis, Baylor; Odyssey Sims of Baylor; Hallie Christofferson, Iowa State; Chelsea Gardner, Kansas; Aaryn Ellenberg, Oklahoma; Tiffany Bias, Oklahoma State; Zahna Medley, TCU; Nneka Enemkpali, Texas; Asya Bussie, West Virginia; Bria Holmes, West Virginia
All-Big 12 Second Team
Nikki Moody, Iowa State; Leticia Romero, Kansas State; Morgan Hook, Oklahoma; Imani McGee-Stafford, Texas; Amber Battle, Texas Tech
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Niya Johnson, Baylor; Makenzie Robertson, Baylor; Natalie Knight, Kansas; Sharane Campbell, Oklahoma; Nicole Griffin, Oklahoma; Liz Donohoe, Oklahoma State; Brittney Martin, Oklahoma State; Chassidy Fussell, Texas
Big 12 All-Defensive Team
Odyssey Sims, Baylor; Tiffany Bias, Oklahoma State; Latricia Lovings, TCU; Asya Bussie, West Virginia; Jess Harlee, West Virginia
Big 12 All-Freshman Team
Nina Davis, Baylor; Jadda Buckley, Iowa State; Seanna Johnson, Iowa State; Leticia Romero, Kansas State; Roshunda Johnson, Oklahoma State