MORGANTOWN - Three members of the West Virginia University women’s basketball team have earned Preseason All-Big 12 accolades, as redshirt junior guard Tynice Martin was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 Team while senior guard/forward Naomi Davenport and senior guard Katrina Pardee earned Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention, as announced by the league office on Monday.
The teams were voted upon by Big 12 women’s basketball coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.
"It's great to see Tynice, Katrina and Naomi honored by the Big 12 coaches,” 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, the 2017 Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Player, suffered a foot injury during the summer of 2017 and was forced to miss the 2017-18 season. She 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. Martin averaged 18.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game on the season and scored 82 points during the Mountaineers’ magical Big 12 Tournament run. Her 32 points in the title game against Baylor were a Big 12 Championship game record. 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.
Kalani Brown of Texas was named the Preseason Player of the Year, while the Longhorns’ Danni Williams was tabbed the Preseason Newcomer of the Year. NaLyssa Smith of Baylor and Charli Collier of Texas earned Preseason Co-Freshman of the Year