When the Big 12 released the season awards today, the list was flowing with gold. Of the 6 individual awards, Baylor took home three of them as well as being the only school to place two players on the All-Big 12 First Team. We knew this team was special and while there were individual players who shined, each and every player contributed and help Baylor win the regular season in what was thought to be a down year. Now, on to the awards:
Coach of the Year: Kim Mulkey
Kim took a team that was supposed to be in a rebuilding year and dealing with the loss of Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims and turned them into champions.
Player of the Year: Nina Davis
I expected great things from Nina this year and even predicted that she would lead the team in points and rebounds. But I never expected her to be the breakout player of the conference and to play with the finesse, power, and style that she does. She makes the most difficult shot look easy. She knows that she can take the shot and nothing will get in her way. Not only did she lead the team in points per game, she led the conference and was second in the conference for field goal percentage. She was was third in the conference for rebounds per game.
Sixth Man Award: Khadijiah Cave
I'm actually a little bit surprised that Khadijiah Cave won this award. Not because she didn't deserve it but because of how well this team played that there could have been several players from this team selected and could have divided up this vote. However, Khadijiah Cave played a valuable role for this team and has made her presence felt throughout the year when she came off the bench.
All-Big 12 First Team - Nina Davis and Niya Johnson
Neither of these two players surprise me in the least. We've already covered Nina Davis' accolades and Niya Johnson led the conference and country in assists per game and was third nationally in assists to turnover ratio. She was the general on the court that knew how to get the ball to the right people at the right time.
All-Big 12 Honorable Mention - Sune Agbuke and Imani Wright
Sune Agbuke has had an excellent senior year. She's averaged 5.9 points per game and 5.4 rebounds per game on only 18.4 minutes of play per game. Imani Wright averaged 10.1 points. These two players helped to round out this incredible team.
Big 12 All-Defensive Team - Sune Agbuke
Sune Agbuke made her presence known when she was on the court. While her stats may not lead the team or conference in any category, she caused teams to adjust their offensive strategy and helped to break up many plays through her defensive prowess.
Big 12 All-Freshman Team - Kristy Wallace
Interestingly, Kristy Wallace was the only unanimous selection for this team yet did not receive the honor of Freshman of the Year. She played a vital role this year and while she did show some roughness with being a freshman, she showed that she will continue to be a major player for Baylor for years to come.