Although TCU probably anticipated playing in the NCAA Tournament at the start of the season, Raegan Pebley’s team isn’t done.
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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.
First-year Prairie View A&M coach Sandy Pugh made Southern University a perennial power in the SWAC and she should do the same for the Panthers, who reached the SWAC Tournament semifinals last season. With 12 upperclassmen, including last season’s SWAC Newcomer of the Year Shala Dobbins, the Panthers are poised for a banner campaign.
Pairie View A&M came within a win of tying for the SWAC regular-season title before reaching the conference tournament semifinals. The Panthers brought in eight newcomers, highlighted by Darius Williams and Devonte Patterson, to blend in with guard Gary Blackston, a second-team All-SWAC selection. Dennis Jones returns to run the point after averaging 12.5 points with 172 assists.