Three WVU Women Earn Preseason All-Big 12 Honors
Three members of the Mountaineer women’s basketball team received preseason all-Big 12 honors.
WVU junior guard Tynice Martin, trying to come back from a foot injury that sidelined her all of last season, ultimately resulting in a medical redshirt, wasn’t forgotten by the league coaches, who voted her to the first team. Martin, who averaging 18.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in the 2016-17 season, was one of 10 women named to the Big 12 first team. The leagues head coaches voted on the preseason awards but were not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.
Two of Martin’s teammates, senior forward Naomi Davenport and senior guard Katrina Pardee, were honorable mention selections.
“It’s great to see Tynice, Katrina and Naomi honored by the Big 12 coaches,” WVU head coach Mike Carey said. “These three have been named captains for their leadership on and off the court, and their dedication to this team has been noticed. I look forward to seeing their hard work pay off this season”
Martin was an Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-America Honorable Mention, as well as a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection as a sophomore in 2016-17. Her 32 points in the title game against Baylor were a Big 12 Championship game record and helped her earn the MVP award for the Big 12 Tournament that year. The 2018-19 season marks her second All-Big 12 Preseason accolade.
Davenport finished her first season at West Virginia as an All-Big 12 Second Team honoree in 2018. After joining the Mountaineers out of Trinity Valley Community College, she stepped into the lineup and averaged 16.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game to rank second on the team. Davenport also ranked third in the league with 83 steals on the season. Additionally, Davenport scored 32 points in her league debut against TCU, marking the most points scored by a player in her first Big 12 Conference game since 2001.
A three-year letterwinner for the Mountaineers, Pardee is a steady presence in the WVU lineup. She ranked fourth in the Big 12 with 82 three-point field goals made in 2017-18 and was fifth with a three-point field goal percentage of 39.2. Pardee capped her junior campaign averaging 12.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in addition to 71 total assists and 58 total steals on the season. She was an Academic All-Big 12 honoree in 2017-18.
Brown was a unanimous All-Big 12 first-team honoree last season and the 2018 Big 12 Player of the Year. As a junior, the Slidell, La., native averaged 20.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game, while connecting on 65.0 percent (278-of-428) from the field.
Williams, a graduate student transfer from Texas A&M, averaged 14.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists last season for the Aggies. In 2016-17, she ranked sixth in the SEC with 16.6 points per game. Collier amassed 3,539 points and 1,400 rebounds in her high school career at Barbers Hill.
Collier, a 6-foot-5 center from Mont Belvieu, Texas, was a finalist for the Naismith Trophy High School Player of the Year Award and was a McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand Classic All-American.
Smith averaged 23.4 points, 13.7 rebounds and 3.4 blocks as a senior at East Central High. The 6-foot-2 forward from Converse, Texas, also earned McDonald’s AllAmerican and Jordan Brand Classic All-American honors. Additionally, she was a 2018 Naismith Trophy High School All-American First Team selection.
Joining Brown on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team are Lauren Cox (Baylor), Bridget Carleton (Iowa State), Kayla Goth (K-State), Shaina Pellington (Oklahoma), Braxtin Miller (Oklahoma State), Amy Okonkwo (TCU), Joyner Holmes (Texas), Lashann Higgs (Texas) and Tynice Martin (West Virginia).
The honorable mention squad includes: Christalah Lyons (Kansas), Jessica Washington (Kansas), Peyton Williams (K-State), Adeola Akomolafe (TCU), Jordan Moore (TCU), Jatarie White (Texas), Danni Williams (Texas), Naomi Davenport (West Virginia) and Katrina Pardee (West Virginia).
Preaseason All-Big 12 Team… LOADED. 💪💥🏀
See who’s been selected to the team here: ttps://big12.us/2EdOpuv. pic.twitter.com/R0RGCMtk96
— Big 12 Conference (@Big12Conference) October 10, 2018