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Seniors Yvonne Turner, Kelsey Griffin and Cory Montgomery earned first-team All-Big 12 honors.
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          Release: 03/09/2010
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Huskers Lead Big 12 Hardware Haul

Lincoln - Big 12 regular-season champion Nebraska continued its special season by dominating the league's postseason honors, voted by the league coaches and announced by the conference office on Monday.

Coach Connie Yori earned her first Big 12 Conference Coach-of-the-Year honor, while senior forward Kelsey Griffin became the first Cornhusker to garner Big 12 Player-of-the-Year accolades.

Yvonne Turner was voted the Big 12's Co-Defensive Player of the Year, along with Baylor freshman center Brittney Griner, who was also the league's freshman of the year. Texas A&M's Danielle Adams was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, while Colorado's Bianca Smith claimed the Sixth Man Award.

Griffin, a 6-2 power forward from Eagle River, Alaska, and Turner, a 5-8 guard from Omaha, Neb., were both first-team All-Big 12 selections and were both named to the Big 12 All-Defensive Team.

Griffin earned first-team All-Big 12 honors for the third time, placing her on a short list of three-time all-conference players at Nebraska that includes Karen Jennings, Maurtice Ivy and Kiera Hardy. Griffin also joined Jennings (1992, 1993 Big Eight) and Ivy (1988 Big Eight) as the only conference players of the year in school history. It was Griffin's first appearance on the Big 12 All-Defensive Team.

Griffin averaged 20.4 points and a Big 12-leading 10.4 rebounds per contest while leading the league with 17 double-doubles. She ranked second among the Huskers with 54 steals, trailing only Turner's 56 steals, while adding 21 blocked shots and a team-best 23 charges drawn. Griffin also led NU with 205 defensive rebounds. Earlier Monday, she also became the first player in league history to be named Big 12 Player of the Week for four consecutive weeks (Feb. 15, Feb. 22, March 1, March 8).

Turner earned her third straight spot on the Big 12 All-Defensive Team while claiming first-team all-league honors for the first time in her four-year career. Turner ranks among Nebraska's all-time leaders with 222 career steals, while also ranking second in school history with 173 career three-pointers. This season she has averaged 12.3 points per game, including 13.9 points per game in league action. She also led the Big 12 in three-pointers made per game in league action.

Griffin and Turner were joined on the All-Big 12 first team by fellow senior Cory Montgomery. Nebraska's leading scorer and rebounder a year ago, Montgomery has placed her name among the best in Nebraska history by averaging 13.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game this year. She has joined Griffin as one of only eight players in school history with 1,300 points and 600 rebounds in her career. The 6-2 forward from Cannon Falls, Minn., is also nearing Nebraska's all-time top 10 in three-pointers made. Montgomery was an honorable-mention All-Big 12 pick as a junior when she led NU with 15.2 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

Nebraska junior Dominique Kelley added honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors. The 5-7 guard from Lincoln averaged 11.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game as one of the Big Red's "Big Four" scorers this season. Kelley has started 93 consecutive games for the Huskers since being named the Nebraska High School Player of the Year in 2007 at Lincoln Northeast.

Point guard Lindsey Moore completed Nebraska's impressive list of accomplishments by earning one of five spots on the Big 12 All-Freshman Team. Moore averaged 5.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game while starting all 29 games for the 29-0 Huskers this season. Moore quarterbacked Nebraska's offense to a perfect 16-0 Big 12 mark by averaging 6.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.4 steals per game in league. Over the final six games of the season, Moore averaged 10 points per game.

2009-10 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Awards
Coach of the Year: Connie Yori, Nebraska
Player of the Year: Kelsey Griffin, Nebraska
Newcomer of the Year: Danielle Adams, Texas A&M
Freshman of the Year: Brittney Griner, Baylor
Co-Defensive Players of the Year: Brittney Griner, Baylor and Yvonne Turner, Nebraska
Sixth Man Award: Bianca Smith, Colorado

All-Big 12 First Team (alphabetical by school)
Player                                      School            Pos.      Ht.       Cl.        Hometown
Brittney Griner                           Baylor               C         6-8       Fr.         Houston, Texas
Alison Lacey                          Iowa State            G         6-0       Sr.        Canberra, Australia
Ashley Sweat^                      Kansas State          F         6-2       Sr.        McPherson, Kan.
Kelsey Griffin#+                       Nebraska             F         6-2       Sr.        Eagle River, Alaska
Cory Montgomery                   Nebraska             F         6-2       Sr.        Cannon Falls, Minn.
Yvonne Turner                         Nebraska            G         5-8       Sr.        Omaha, Neb.
Danielle Robinson^                 Oklahoma            G         5-9       Jr.         San Jose, Calif.
Amanda Thompson                 Oklahoma            F         6-1       Sr.        Chicago, Ill.
Andrea Riley^#                    Oklahoma State        G         5-5       Sr.        Dallas, Texas
Tanisha Smith                        Texas A&M         G/F        6-0       Sr.        Kansas City, Mo.
All-Big 12 Second Team (alphabetical by school)
Danielle McCray^                      Kansas            G/F       5-11      Sr.        Olathe, Kan.
Nyeshia Stevenson                 Oklahoma            F         5-9       Sr.        Little Rock, Ark.
Tegan Cunningham             Oklahoma State        F         6-1       Sr.        Melbourne, Australia
Brittainey Raven$                       Texas               G         6-0       Sr.        Fort Worth, Texas
Danielle Adams                     Texas A&M          F/C        6-1       Jr.         Kansas City, Mo.
^ 2008-09 First Team Selection
# 2007-08 First Team Selection
+ 2006-07 First Team Selection
$ 2008-09 Second Team Selection
(Lacey, Griffin, Robinson and Riley unanimous 2009-10 First Team selections)

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (alphabetical by school)
Kelli Griffin (Baylor), Morghan Medlock (Baylor), Brittany Spears (Colorado), Kelsey Bolte (Iowa State), RaeShara Brown (Missouri), Jessra Johnson (Missouri), Dominique Kelley (Nebraska), Ashleigh Fontenette (Texas), Kathleen Nash (Texas), Sydney Carter (Texas A&M), Jordan Murphree (Texas Tech), Ashlee Roberson (Texas Tech)

Big 12 All-Defensive Team (alphabetical by school)
Player                                      School            Pos.       Ht.      Cl.        Hometown         
Brittney Griner                           Baylor               C         6-8       Fr.         Houston, Texas
Denae Stuckey                       Iowa State            G         5-8       Sr.        Kansas City, Mo.
Kelsey Griffin                          Nebraska             F         6-2       Sr.        Eagle River, Alaska
Yvonne Turner*~                      Nebraska            G         5-8       Sr.        Omaha, Neb.
Danielle Robinson~                 Oklahoma            G         5-9       Jr.         San Jose, Calif.
* 2007-08 Team
~ 2008-09 Team

Big 12 All-Freshman Team (alphabetical by school)
Player                                      School           Pos.       Ht.      Cl.        Hometown
Brittney Griner                           Baylor               C         6-8       Fr.         Houston, Texas
Anna Prins                             Iowa State            C         6-6       Fr.         Broomfield, Colo.
Carolyn Davis                           Kansas              F         6-3       Fr.         Houston, Texas
Lindsey Moore                        Nebraska            G         5-9       Fr.         Covington, Wash.
Cokie Reed       Texas   C          6-4        Fr.         Waco, Texas

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