Lincoln - Nebraska women's basketball senior Dominique Kelley earned honorable-mention recognition from the Big 12 coaches in the preseason all-conference teams released by the league office on Tuesday.
Kelley, a 5-7 guard out of Lincoln Northeast High School, was one of 13 players to receive at least one vote from the Big 12 coaches for a spot as one of the top five players in the conference heading into the 2010-11 season.
Kelley, who earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 accolades following her junior season, averaged 12.6 points and 3.9 rebounds per game while helping the Huskers to 32-2 overall record, including a 16-0 Big 12 mark. Kelley has started 98 consecutive games in her first three seasons at Nebraska, averaging 9.6 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in her career. She needs just 62 points to become the 26th player in school history to reach 1,000 career points.
Last year in the NCAA Tournament, Kelley helped power the Huskers to their first NCAA Sweet 16 appearance by scoring 22 points in a win over No. 22 UCLA, before adding 22 more points in the regional semifinals against No. 19 Kentucky. In three NCAA Tournament games, she matched first-team All-American Kelsey Griffin for NU's scoring lead with 18.3 points per contest.
During her time at Nebraska, Kelley has been a leader both in word and action, helping the Huskers to three straight postseason tournament appearances, including NCAA bids in 2008 and 2010.
Baylor swept the conference preseason honors with sophomore center Brittney Griner claiming preseason player-of-the-year recognition. BU's Brooklyn Pope was named the preseason newcomer of the year, while Odyssey Sims was projected as the preseason freshman of the year in the conference.
Griner was joined on the preseason first-team All-Big 12 squad by senior teammate Melissa Jones, along with Iowa State's Kelsey Bolte, Oklahoma's Danielle Robinson and Texas A&M's Danielle Adams.
2010-11 Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Preseason awards
(coaches not allowed to vote for own players)
Preseason Player of the Year
Brittney Griner, Baylor, C, 6-8, So.
Preseason Newcomer of the Year
Brooklyn Pope, Baylor, F/C, 6-1, So.
Preseason Freshman of the Year
Odyssey Sims, Baylor, G, 5-8, Fr.
Preseason All-Big 12 Team
Brittney Griner, 6-8, C (Baylor)
Melissa Jones, 5-10, G (Baylor)
Kelsey Bolte, 6-1, G (Iowa State)
Danielle Robinson, 5-9, G (Oklahoma)
Danielle Adams, 6-1, F/C (Texas A&M)
Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school)
Brittany Spears (Colorado), Carolyn Davis (Kansas), Dominique Kelley (Nebraska), Whitney Hand (Oklahoma), Ashleigh Fontenette and Kathleen Nash (Texas), Sydney Colson and Tyra White (Texas A&M).