Jackson, Carey and Schreiber named to Big 12 All-Conference Team
DALLAS -- Three University of Texas women's basketball standouts - all National Player of the Year candidates - were named to the 2004-05 Phillips 66 Big 12 All-Conference Team, as announced by the league office on Friday.
Longhorn 5-6 senior guard Jamie Carey (Thornton, Colo./Horizon HS) repeated as a First Team All-Big 12 performer, and she was joined on the First Team by 6-3 sophomore forward Tiffany Jackson (Dallas, Texas/Duncanville HS), last year's Big 12 Rookie of the Year and a second team pick. UT 6-2 senior forward Heather Schreiber (Windthorst, Texas/Windthorst HS) was selected to the All-Big 12 Second Team (one of five players chosen). Schreiber was on last year's first team.
Texas (20-7), the No. 2 seed at the upcoming Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament, Baylor and Texas Tech each placed two players on the 10-member First Team, while Texas and Texas Tech were the only league teams to place three players on the First and Second Teams (the top 15 players in the league).
Kansas State senior forward Kendra Wecker was named Big 12 Player of the Year, while Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson was chosen Coach of the Year.
Nebraska's 6-1 junior forward Jelena Spiric was the pick for Big 12 Newcomer of the Year while 5-10 forward Morenike Atunrase (Texas A&M) captured Freshman of the Year honors.
The team was voted on by the league's head coaches with coaches not allowed to vote for their own players.
Jackson leads Texas in scoring (17.6 ppg), rebounding (8.7 rpg), steals (83, 3.0 spg) and blocks (55, 2.0 bpg). She has nine double-doubles on the year - the only UT player to register a double-double to date - including six in the last 11 games. In Big 12 league play, was one of only TWO PLAYERS to rank in the top 10 in league scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage (along with Baylor's Sophia Young). Jackson finished Big 12 league play ranked No. 3 in scoring (19.3 ppg), No. 3 in rebounding (9.1) and No. 2 in field goal percentage (.568). She also was the Big 12 steals leader (47, 2.94 spg), was No. 3 in blocks (30, 1.9 bpg), No. 4 in offense rebounding (3.0/game) and No. 4 in defensive rebounds/game (6.06).
This is the third year in a row that Carey has been honored by the Big 12. In 2002, she was tabbed the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year before earning First Team honors the last two seasons. Carey, named Wednesday to the ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Third Team, is second in UT scoring (12.0 ppg) and first in 3-point shooting, hitting at a .429 clip from long range (60-140). In Big 12 games, Carey averaged 11.4 points and 2.0 assists per contest while shooting 32-of-85 (.376) from 3-point range. She was sixth among all Big 12 players in league 3-pointers made per game (32, 2.0/game).
Schreiber is third in UT overall scoring (10.4 ppg), second in rebounding (5.6 rpg) and second in 3-pointers made (37) and three-point percentage (.339). Schreiber's .879 free throw shooting (51-58) tops all Longhorn players. In Big 12 league play, Schreiber averaged 10.1 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and shot 88.4 percent (27-32) from the foul line. She is the top "ironwoman" in Division I play, having played in and started all 129 possible games in her UT career. Those 129 games started are the most consecutive starts of any Division I player to date.
Mulkey-Robertson earned her first Big 12 Coach of the Year accolade after leading Baylor (24-3) to its first women's basketball conference championship with a 14-2 league mark.
Wecker, a 5-11 senior forward, is the only Big 12 player averaging a double-double in overall and conference games. She numbers 21.0 ppg and 10.1 rpg in all games and registered 20.8 points and 10.6 rebounds in league play. This season she became just the second women's basketball player in Big 12 history to amass over 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Spiric (7.5 ppg) was a transfer from Colby Community College and started in 19 and played in all 28 games for Nebraska in her first season. Atunrase was the Big 12 Rookie of the Week three times, and leads the Aggies in scoring (10.5 ppg).
2004-05 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball All-Conference Team
Honorable Mention (alphabetical by school)