Texas guard Brooke McCarty (11) holds up her hand after shooting a three pointer during a NCAA women's college basketball game against Oklahoma in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Women's Basketball

Ariel Atkins, Brooke McCarty make All-Big 12 Team for second straight year

Lashann Higgs named to conference second team

Posted March 1st, 2018

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  • Texas opens Big 12 Tournament Saturday night in Oklahoma City
Texas guard Ariel Atkins (23) was named to the All-Big 12 first team and the All-Defensive Team (Stephen Spillman / for AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

Texas seniors Ariel Atkins and Brooke McCarty and junior Lashann Higgs were named to the All-Big 12 women’s basketball team.

For the second straight year, Atkins and McCarty were named to the first team. McCarty was a unanimous selection.  Higgs was named to the second team.

Atkins and Higgs were also named to the Big 12’s All-Defensive Team.


The teams were selected by the 10 Big 12 coaches, who were not allowed to choose anyone from their own teams.

No. 7 Texas returns to action on Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament when the second-seeded Longhorns face the winner of the first-round game between seventh-seeded Iowa State and 10th-seeded Texas Tech. Tip-off is slated for 6 p.m. CT and the game will be televised by Fox Sports Net.

2017-18 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Awards
Coach of the Year: Kim Mulkey, Baylor
Player of the Year: Kalani Brown, Baylor
Defensive Player of the Year: Lauren Cox, Baylor
Newcomer of the Year: Loryn Goodwin, Oklahoma State
Freshman of the Year: Shaina Pellington, Oklahoma
Sixth Man Award: Amy Okonkwo, TCU

All-Big 12 First Team

Ariel Atkins, Texas

Brooke McCarty, Texas

Kalani Brown, Baylor
Lauren Cox, Baylor
Kristy Wallace, Baylor
Bridget Carleton, Iowa State
Vionise Pierre-Louis, Oklahoma

Teana Muldrow, West Virginia
Loryn Goodwin, Oklahoma State
Kaylee Jensen, Oklahoma State

All-Big 12 Second Team
Kayla Goth, Kansas State
Gabbi Ortiz, Oklahoma
Amy Okonkwo, TCU

Lashann Higgs, Texas

Naomi Davenport, West Virginia

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Dekeiya Cohen, Baylor
Christalah Lyons, Kansas
Peyton Williams, Kansas State
Ana Llanusa, Oklahoma
Maddie Manning, Oklahoma
Shaina Pellington, Oklahoma
Braxtin Miller, Oklahoma State
Jordan Moore, TCU
Kianna Ray, TCU
Chania Ray, West Virginia

Big 12 All-Defensive Team

Ariel Atkins, Texas

Lashann Higgs, Texas
Lauren Cox, Baylor
Kristy Wallace, Baylor
Loryn Goodwin, Oklahoma State

Big 12 All-Freshman Team
Alexis Morris, Baylor
Rachel Ranke, Kansas State
Ana Llanusa, Oklahoma
Shaina Pellington, Oklahoma
Braxtin Miller, Oklahoma State

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