March 7, 2011
IRVING, Texas – For the first time since the 2008-09 season, Kansas State placed at least two players on the All-Big 12 teams as sophomore Brittany Chambers was unanimously selected by the league’s coaches to the All-Big 12 first team while junior Jalana Childs was named to the All-Big 12 second team in an announcement by the league office on Monday morning.
Chambers is the first K-State sophomore to earn All-Big 12 first team honors since the 2002-03 season and is the eighth player in school history to be named to the All-Big 12 first team. The native of Jordan, Minn., was one of two players in the Big 12 to register 450+ points, 150+ rebounds and 80+ assists this season, as she has recorded a career-high 468 points (16.1 ppg) and tied her career-high for assists with 80. Her point per game average ranks 11th in the league this season, while she ranks second in the league in three-point field goals made per game (2.8), eighth in the league for three-point field goal percentage (.384) and fourth in the league for minutes played per game (35.0).
Chambers was a two-time Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week this season, including the March 6 honor which was bestowed upon her following a career-high effort of 35 points against No. 5 Texas A&M which was her second 30+ point effort this season against a conference opponent. This season, Chambers has set a career-high for three-point field goals made in a season with 81 which is a new school record for three-point field goals by a sophomore and ranks as the sixth-highest total for a season in school history.
In addition to her on court honors, Chambers was recognized for her work in the classroom as well, earning a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII third team citation and Academic All-Big 12 first team honors.
Childs earned her first career all-league honor after displaying one of the most improved games in the league this season. The forward from Orlando, Fla., has scored a career-high 393 points (13.6 ppg) in the campaign and ranks 18th in the league in the category. In league action, she has been even better as she has notched an average of 15.7 points per game to rank 12th in the league. Childs turned up her production during Big 12 play as she recorded 13 games in doubles figures including a stretch of nine straight contests in double digits from Jan. 26-March 2.
In Big 12 individual awards announced on Monday, sophomore Brittney Griner of Baylor was named the Big 12 Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and joined Chambers as a unanimous first team selection. The Lady Bears, the 2011 Big 12 regular season champion, also saw Odyssey Sims earn Freshman of the Year honors and was selected to the first team, while Destiny Williams was named Newcomer of the Year. The league’s coaches also selected Baylor’s Kim Mulkey as the Coach of the Year.
Other players to earn unanimous first team honors from the league’s coaches were Texas A&M’s Danielle Adams, Iowa State’s Kelsey Bolte and Oklahoma State Danielle Robinson. Robinson is a three-time All-Big 12 first team selection, while Adams earned her second.
Kansas State finished the regular season with a 20-9 overall record and a 10-6 mark in the Big 12, which was tied for third in the Big 12 standings and resulted in the No. 4 seed in the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championships at Municipal Auditorium. K-State will play the winner of the first round matchup between No. 5 seed Iowa State (21-9) and No. 12 seed Nebraska (13-17) on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m.
2010-11 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Awards
Coach of the Year: Kim Mulkey, Baylor
Player of the Year: Brittney Griner, Baylor
Newcomer of the Year: Destiny Williams, Baylor
Freshman of the Year: Odyssey Sims, Baylor
Defensive Player of the Year: Brittney Griner, Baylor
Sixth Man Award: Maryann Baker, Texas A&M and Chynna Brown, Texas Tech
All-Big 12 First Team (all honors listed alphabetical by school)
Player School Pos Ht Cl Hometown
Brittney Griner**^ Baylor C 6-8 So Houston, Texas; Melissa Jones Baylor G 5-10 Sr Thornton, Colo.; Odyssey Sims Baylor G 5-8 Fr Irving, Texas; Brittany Spears$ Colorado F 6-1 Sr Pasadena, Calif.; Kelsey Bolte** Iowa State G 6-1 Sr Ida Grove, Iowa; Carolyn Davis Kansas F 6-3 So Houston, Texas; Brittany Chambers** Kansas State G 5-8 So Jordan, Minn.; Danielle Robinson**^# Oklahoma G 5-9 Sr San Jose, Calif.; Danielle Adams**+ Texas A&M F/C 6-1 Sr Kansas City, Mo. ; Tyra White Texas A&M G 6-0 Jr Kansas City, Mo.
All-Big 12 Second Team
Jalana Childs Kansas State F 6-2 Jr Orlando, Fla. ; RaeShara Brown Missouri G 5-8 Sr Little Rock, Ark.; Toni Young Oklahoma State G/F 6-2 So Del City, Okla.; Chassidy Fussell Texas G 5-10 Fr Troy, Tenn.; Kierra Mallard Texas Tech C 6-3 Jr Dallas, Texas
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Lindsey Moore (Nebraska), Aaryn Ellenberg (Oklahoma), Ashleigh Fontenette and Kathleen Nash (Texas), Sydney Carter and Sydney Colson (Texas A&M), Casey Morris and Teena Wickett (Texas Tech).
Big 12 All-Defensive Team
Player School Pos Ht Cl Hometown
Brittney Griner** Baylor C 6-8 So Houston, Texas; Chelsea Poppens Iowa State F 6-2 So Aplington, Iowa; Danielle Robinson Oklahoma G 5-9 Sr San Jose, Calif.; Sydney Carter Texas A&M G 5-6 Jr DeSoto, Texas; Monique Smalls Texas Tech G 5-6 So The Woodlands, Texas
Big 12 All-Freshman Team
Player School Pos Ht Hometown
Odyssey Sims** Baylor G 5-8 Irving, Texas; Hallie Christofferson Iowa State F 6-3 Hamlin, Iowa; Jordan Hooper Nebraska F 6-2 Alliance, Neb.; Aaryn Ellenberg** Oklahoma G 5-7 Las Vegas, Nev.; Chassidy Fussell** Texas G 5-10 Troy, Tenn.
** Unanimous Selections
^ 2009-10 All-Big 12 First Team Selection
# 2008-09 All-Big 12 First Team Selection
+ 2009-10 All-Big 12 Second Team Selection
$ 2008-09 All-Big 12 Second Team Selection