TCU’s senior Chelsea Prince was named the Big 12 defensive player of the year, the league office announced Wednesday. The awards are voted on by the league’s head coaches.
Prince became just the second Horned Frogs player to earn league defensive player of the year honors, joining Sandora Irvin, the Conference USA honoree three consecutive seasons (2002-05).
Prince, a 5-foot-11 forward from Fort Worth Dunbar High School, finished the season with 92 steals and led the Big 12 with 3.2 steals a game. She also averaged 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds a game.
Baylor sophomore Nina Davis was named Big 12 women’s player of the year, and Kim Mulkey is the league’s top coach for the fifth time.
Davis, a 5-foot-11 post player who was the Big 12’s top freshman last season, leads the league with 20.7 points a game for Baylor and is fourth with 8.6 rebounds a game.
Baylor just won its fifth consecutive Big 12 regular-season title and sixth overall. The Lady Bears have won the last four conference tournaments.
Two Oklahoma guards got individual awards, Gabbi Ortiz as top freshman and sophomore transfer Peyton Little as top newcomer. Baylor’s Khadijiah Cave got the sixth-man award.
TCU’s Zahna Medley was named to the Big 12 first team and Veja Hamilton was a second-team selection.
College baseball’s new flat-seam ball is having the desired effect, with teams hitting 40 percent more home runs this season.
The NCAA announced that teams are hitting a home run about every other game. Last year, teams homered about once every three games through the first three weeks.
No. 3-ranked TCU has four home runs in eight games this season. TCU had just 14 home runs last season. UT Arlington has hit just two homers. The Mavericks had 48 home runs last season.
Nevada, through 11 games, and Texas A&M, through 12, lead the NCAA with 16 home runs each. Texas Tech tops the Big 12 with 10 in 10 games.
TCU track & field
Five members of the TCU men’s track and field team have qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Ark., on March 13-14. Juniors Ronnie Baker (60 meters, 4x400 relay) and Sam Watts (200 meters, 4x400 relay) will be competing along with sophomores Cameron Echols-Luper (long jump) and Raymond Bozmans (4x400 relay) and freshman Kevin McClanahan (4x400 relay).