K-State's Wecker named preseason player of year

DALLAS -- Kansas State forward Kendra Wecker, the Big 12's top returning scorer, was named the conference's preseason player of the year on Tuesday.

Wecker was joined on the preseason All-Big 12 first team by Baylor forward Sophia Young and three players from Texas -- forwards Tiffany Jackson and Heather Schrieber, and guard Jamie Carey.

Wecker, a 5-11 senior, gives Kansas State its third consecutive preseason player of the year after Nicole Ohlde earned back-to-back honors in 2002 and 2003. Wecker averaged 16.8 points and 8.1 rebounds last season as Kansas State won the Big 12 title.

Young, a 6-1 junior, averaged 16.7 points and 8.6 rebounds last season.

Jackson, Schreiber and Carey all carried double-digit scoring averages for the Longhorns a year ago. Jackson, a 6-3 sophomore, averaged 13 points and 7.5 rebounds. Schreiber, a 6-2 senior, averaged 12.9 points and 5.8 rebounds. Carey, a 5-6 senior, averaged 10.7 points.

Texas junior forward Daria Mieloszynska and Texas Tech sophomore center Patrice Edwards shared top newcomer honors.

Mieloszynska, a 6-2 native of Poland, averaged 15.2 points, 7.5 rebounds and 5.1 assists last year at Illinois Central College. The 6-6 Edwards, who is from Trinidad and Tobago, averaged 12.5 points, 9.3 rebounds and 1.8 blocks two years ago at Frank Phillips College in Borger.

Injury ended her sophomore season after three games, and she was granted a medical hardship and an extra year of eligibility.

Oklahoma forward Stephanie McGhee was named the conference's top freshman, after becoming the first girl in Oklahoma high school history to score more than 3,000 career points.

She averaged 30 points a game over her career, finishing with 3,376 points. As a senior, she averaged 31.1 points and 12.3 rebounds.

Honorable mention all-Big 12 selections were Baylor's Steffanie Blackmon, Iowa State's Anne O'Neil, Kansas State's Laurie Koehn and Megan Mahoney, Oklahoma's Dionnah Jackson and Texas Tech's Erin Grant and Alesha Robertson.