One thing wasn’t a surprise on Selection Monday and that was Baylor nabbing the NCAA Tournament’s No. 1 overall seed in the Greensboro Region against No. 16 Abilene Christian Saturday at 5:30 p.m. in Waco, Texas.
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MBB Selection Sunday Roundup: Houston, Tech earn No. 2 seeds, Abilene Christian makes first NCAA Tournament
The big story from Selection Sunday from a statewide perspective was perhaps more about who got left out (TCU) as opposed to who got in to the field of 64.
Kalani Brown's injury-riddled senior season might've cost her the Big XII Player of the Year accolade, but her 15 point per game and 7 rebounds per game effort, was enough to earn her another First-Team All-Conference selection along with fellow junior teammate Lauren Cox, who was named Defensive Player of the Year, and Texas junior Sug Sutton.
MBB All-Conference Awards: Robinson, Culver nab Player of the Year and Beard, Ogden named Coach of the Year
At the beginning of the year, Texas Tech's Jarrett Culver had a big weight on his shoulder taking up the scoring load for the departed Zhaire Smith.
Abilene Christian returns four of its top five scorers from a year ago, led by the Three J’s – Jalone Friday, Jaylen Franklin and Jaren Lewis – who combined to average nearly 37 points a game last season.
After winning back-to-back Southland Conference titles, a young Abilene Christian University women’s basketball team struggled last season, finishing 16-14 overall. But coach Julie Goodenough believes a year’s experience will make all the difference this season, with one senior and six juniors on the roster, including a pair of transfers who are expected to be in the starting lineup