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McGee-Stafford named to Big 12 first team

Posted March 4th, 2015

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Imani McGee-Stafford was named to the All-Big 12 women's basketball team on Wednesday. Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez.
Imani McGee-Stafford was named to the All-Big 12 women’s basketball team on Wednesday. Photo by Rodolfo Gonzalez.

For the first time in her three years at the University of Texas, center Imani McGee-Stafford has been selected to the All-Big 12 first team.

Six Longhorns were named to the All-Big 12 women’s basketball Teams on Wednesday. The All-Big 12 honors are chosen by head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.

Longhorn sophomore center Kelsey Lang was named to All-Big 12 second Team. Junior guard Brady Sanders and senior forward Nneka Enemkpali were both named honorable mention. Guards Ariel Atkins and Brooke McCarty were selected to the All-Freshman Team.

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McGee-Stafford recorded four double-doubles and averaged 21.8 points and 15.4 rebounds and 4.8 blocks per 40 minutes during conference play. In her five starts this season, the Los Angeles native averages 14.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks in 24.8 minutes. McGee-Stafford earned first-team honors despite missing the first eight games of the season after recovering from surgery to reinforce her left tibia in September.

McGee-Stafford was the 2013 Big 12 Freshman of the Year and earned All-Big 12 Second Team honors last season. She is also a two-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team honoree.

Lang picks up second-team honors as UT’s active leading scorer (11.0 ppg), rebounder (6.4 rpg) and shooter (56.7 FG%). The Woodlands, Texas native concluded regular season play with double-figure scoring efforts in 11 of the last 14 games, including 19 points and 10 rebounds in the regular season finale against TCU.

Enemkpali gains honorable mention recognition after playing in just six conference games before a season-ending injury on Jan. 19 — a testament to her reputation among Big 12 coaches that she has cultivated throughout her standout career at Texas. At the time of her injury, Enemkpali led the Big 12 in rebounding (10.6 rpg), double-doubles (9), and rebounding in conference-only games (12.0 rpg). The Pflugerville, Texas native finished her career with 1,116 points (30th at UT) and 899 rebounds (ninth at UT).

Sanders receives Big 12 postseason honors (honorable mention) for the first time as the Longhorns’ leader in assists (3.1 apg) and minutes played (29.3 mpg).

McCarty earns Big 12 All-Freshman honors after being named Big 12 Freshman of the Week twice this season. Atkins, also a Big 12 All-Freshman honoree, is the leading scorer among Big 12 freshmen (10.7 ppg) and is a three-time Big 12 Freshman of the Week this season.

Here are the awards announced Wednesday:

Coach of the Year: Kim Mulkey, Baylor
Player of the Year: Nina Davis, Baylor
Freshman of the Year: Gabbi Ortiz, Oklahoma
Newcomer of the Year: Peyton Little, Oklahoma
Defensive Player of the Year: Chelsea Prince, TCU
Sixth Man Award: Khadijiah Cave, Baylor

All-Big 12 First Team
Nina Davis, Baylor
Niya Johnson, Baylor
Nikki Moody, Iowa State
Chelsea Gardner, Kansas
Peyton Little, Oklahoma
Brittney Martin, Oklahoma State
Zahna Medley, TCU
IMANI MCGEE-STAFFORD, TEXAS
Amber Battle, Texas Tech
Bria Holmes, West Virginia

All-Big 12 Second Team
Breanna Lewis, K-State
Gioya Carter, Oklahoma
Kaylon Williams, Oklahoma
Veja Hamilton, TCU
KELSEY LANG, TEXAS

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention
Sune Agbuke, Baylor
Imani Wright, Baylor
Seanna Johnson, Iowa State
Brynn Williamson, Iowa State
Asia Boyd, Kansas
Natalie Knight, Kansas
Ashia Woods, K-State
Sharane Campbell-Olds, Oklahoma
Liz Donohoe, Oklahoma State
LaShawn Jones, Oklahoma State
Chelsea Prince, TCU
NNEKA ENEMKPALI, TEXAS
BRADY SANDERS, TEXAS
Averee Fields, West Virginia

Big 12 All-Defensive Team
Sune Agbuke, Baylor
Breanna Lewis, K-State
Sharane Campbell-Olds, Oklahoma
Brittney Martin, Oklahoma State
Chelsea Prince, TCU

Big 12 All-Freshman Team
Kristy Wallace, Baylor
Lauren Aldridge, Kansas
Gabbi Ortiz, Oklahoma
Ariel Atkins, TEXAS
Brooke McCarty, TEXAS

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