Texas Women’s Basketball’s Atkins and McCarty Receive Preseason Accolades

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Women’s Basketball’s McCarty named to Preseason All-Big 12 Team – Ariel Atkins named honorable mention selection.

AUSTIN, Texas – Junior Texas guard Brooke McCarty was named to the 2016-17 Preseason All-Big 12 Team and junior guard Ariel Atkins was named an honorable mention selection, it was announced Wednesday. The awards are chosen by the league’s 10 head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.

mccarty_atkinsMcCarty was a first-team All-Big 12 selection as a sophomore in 2015-16 and also was named to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team. She played in each of her team’s 36 games with 35 starts. She led her team in scoring with 11.8 points per game, knocked down a squad-best 67 three-pointers and was second on the team in assists with 89. McCarty scored in double figures on 24 occasions as a sophomore and was her squad’s leading scorer on 10 occasions, which tied for the team lead.

McCarty, a two-year starter from League City, Texas, currently ranks fifth in UT school history in career three-point field goal percentage with a .385 clip (104-of-270). She needs to make 11 more three-pointers to move onto the Longhorns’ all-time top-10 list for three-pointers made.

Atkins was a second-team All-Big 12 selection as a sophomore in 2015-16 and also was named to the NCAA Bridgeport All-Regional Team. She played in the final 27 games of the season last year after sitting out the first nine due to injury. Atkins started 14 games for the Longhorns and ranked third on the team in scoring with 11.2 points per game. She was Texas’ leader in field-goal percentage (.536) and free-throw percentage (.819).

Atkins, a two-year starter from Duncanville, Texas, scored in double digits 16 times last season, including double-figure scoring in each of the Longhorns’ four NCAA Tournament games. In NCAA play in 2015-16 alone, Atkins averaged a squad-best 18 points per game on .609 shooting and was second on the team in rebounding with 5.8 boards per game.

Texas finished its 2015-16 campaign with a 31-5 overall record, marking the squad’s most wins since the 1987-88 season, and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.

The Big 12 Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll will be announced on Oct. 12. A Big 12 women’s basketball preview show will be televised on FOX Sports affiliates prior to the beginning of regular-season games. The first airings are scheduled for Monday, Nov. 7.

Texas begins its 2016-17 season on Nov. 14, when it travels to Palo Alto, Calif., to face Stanford at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN2.

2016-17 BIG 12 CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PRESEASON AWARDS

Preseason Player of the Year
Nina Davis, Baylor

Preseason Newcomer of the Year
Kristina King, West Virginia

Preseason Freshman of the Year
Lauren Cox, Baylor

Preseason All-Big 12 Team
Nina Davis, Baylor
Alexis Jones, Baylor
Seanna Johnson, Iowa State
Breanna Lewis, Kansas State
Brooke McCarty, Texas

Honorable Mention
Kalani Brown, Baylor
Peyton Little, Oklahoma
Vionise Pierre-Louis, Oklahoma
Kaylee Jensen, Oklahoma State
Ariel Atkins, Texas
Tynice Martin, West Virginia
Lanay Montgomery, West Virginia

Women’s Basketball’s Atkins, McCarty named Sporting News Preseason All-Americans

Junior Texas guards Ariel Atkins and Brooke McCarty were named to the Sporting News Preseason All-America Teams, it was announced. Atkins was a second-team selection, while McCarty was named to the third team.

photo from texassports.com

photo from texassports.com

As a team, the Longhorns are ranked No. 5 in the Sporting News Preseason Top-20. The publication is for sale on newsstands now.

The announcement comes a day after McCarty was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team and Atkins was named Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.

Atkins was a second-team All-Big 12 selection as a sophomore in 2015-16 and also was named to the NCAA Bridgeport All-Regional Team. She played in the final 27 games of the season last year after sitting out the first nine due to injury. Atkins started 14 games for the Longhorns and ranked third on the team in scoring with 11.2 points per game. She was Texas’ leader in field-goal percentage (.536) and free-throw percentage (.819).

Atkins, a two-year starter from Duncanville, Texas, scored in double digits 16 times last season, including double-figure scoring in each of the Longhorns’ four NCAA Tournament games. In NCAA play in 2015-16 alone, Atkins averaged a squad-best 18 points per game on .609 shooting and was second on the team in rebounding with 5.8 boards per game.

McCarty was a first-team All-Big 12 selection as a sophomore in 2015-16 and also was named to the Big 12 All-Tournament Team. She played in each of her team’s 36 games with 35 starts. She led her team in scoring with 11.8 points per game, knocked down a squad-best 67 three-pointers and was second on the team in assists with 89. McCarty scored in double figures on 24 occasions as a sophomore and was her squad’s leading scorer on 10 occasions, which tied for the team lead.

McCarty, a two-year starter from League City, Texas, currently ranks fifth in UT school history in career three-point field goal percentage with a .385 clip (104-of-270). She needs to make 11 more three-pointers to move onto the Longhorns’ all-time top-10 list for three-pointers made.

Texas finished its 2015-16 campaign with a 31-5 overall record, marking the squad’s most wins since the 1987-88 season, and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight.

Texas begins its 2016-17 season on Nov. 14, when it travels to Palo Alto, Calif., to face Stanford at 7 p.m. CT on ESPN2.