McGee-Stafford named Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Freshman of the Year
March 7, 2013
IRVING, Texas -- Freshman center Imani McGee-Stafford headlines a trio of Texas Women's Basketball players named to 2012-13 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 teams, the league office announced Thursday. McGee-Stafford claimed Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year honors, as well as a spot on the Big 12 All-Defensive and All-Freshman Teams. Junior guard Chassidy Fussell, sophomore forward Nneka Enemkpali and McGee-Stafford also collected All-Big 12 Honorable Mention accolades.
The official All-Big 12 awards are selected by the league's head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.
McGee-Stafford becomes Texas' third Big 12 Freshman of the Year, joining Heather Schreiber (2002) and Tiffany Jackson (2004).
McGee-Stafford has emerged as an offensive and defensive threat in her rookie season. She is fourth on the Texas squad and 21st in the Big 12 in scoring with 11 points and averages 9.3 rebounds - good for second at UT and fifth in the league. Her 73 blocks are third in the Conference and the most ever by a Texas freshman. McGee-Stafford leads the Big 12 freshmen in rebounding and blocks, and is second in scoring.
Fussell, a 2012 All-Big 12 First Team honoree and Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention, was Texas' leading scorer in Big 12 Conference regular-season games with 12.8 ppg. She reached double-figure scoring in 11 league games, including three 20+ performances.
A first-time All-Big 12 selection, Enemkpali recorded six double-doubles in conference games. Her 8.2 rpg rank sixth individually among league players, and she is 17th in scoring with 11.6 ppg.
Texas begins its postseason run against Kansas State on Friday, March 8, in the first round of the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship in Dallas. The Longhorns tip at 6 p.m. Central at the American Airlines Center.
2012-13 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Awards
All-Big 12 First Team (all honors listed alphabetical by school) Player School Pos Ht Cl Hometown Brittney Griner~!^** Baylor C 6-8 Sr Houston, Texas Odyssey Sims~!** Baylor G 5-8 Jr Irving, Texas Hallie Christofferson** Iowa State F 6-3 Jr Hamlin, Iowa Chelsea Poppens~ Iowa State F 6-2 Sr Aplington, Iowa Angel Goodrich+ Kansas G 5-4 Sr Tahlequah, Okla. Brittany Chambers~! K-State G 5-8 Sr Belle Plaine, Minn. Aaryn Ellenberg~** Oklahoma G 5-7 Jr Las Vegas, Nev. Toni Young** Oklahoma State F 6-2 Sr Del City, Okla. Chynna Brown Texas Tech G 5-8 Sr Dallas, Texas Christal Caldwell West Virginia G 5-9 Jr Charlotte, N.C.
All-Big 12 Second Team Carolyn Davis~! Kansas F 6-3 Sr Houston, Texas Joanna McFarland Oklahoma F 6-2 Sr Derby, Kan. Tiffany Bias+ Oklahoma State G 5-6 Jr Andover, Kan. Casey Morris Texas Tech G 5-9 Sr Fairfield, Calif. Monique Smalls Texas Tech G 5-6 Sr The Woodlands, Texas
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Big 12 All-Defensive Team Player School Pos Ht Cl Hometown Brittney Griner** Baylor C 6-8 Sr Houston, Texas Odyssey Sims** Baylor G 5-8 Jr Irving, Texas Imani McGee-Stafford Texas C 6-7 Fr Los Angeles, Calif. Monique Smalls Texas Tech G 5-6 Sr The Woodlands, Texas Jess Harlee West Virginia F 6-1 Jr Bel Air, Md.
Big 12 All-Freshman Team Player School Pos Ht Hometown Alexis Prince Baylor G 6-1 Orlando, Fla. Brittney Martin** Oklahoma State G 6-0 Syracuse, Utah Imani McGee-Stafford** Texas C 6-7 Los Angeles, Calif. Zahna Medley** TCU G 5-6 Springfield, Ill. Bria Holmes West Virginia G 6-1 New Haven, Conn.
** Unanimous First Team Selection ~ 2011-12 All-Big 12 First Team Selection + 2011-12 All Big 12 Second Team Selection ! 2010-11 All-Big 12 First Team Selection % 2010-11 All-Big 12 Second Team Selection ^ 2009-10 All-Big 12 First Team Selection