Big 12 coaches select Baylor as preseason fave to win conference title, Lauren Cox is Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year

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Big 12 coaches tabbed Baylor as the preseason favorite to win the conference’s regular-season title. The Lady Bears top the preseason poll for the ninth time in conference history. Overall, Baylor has won or tied 10 regular-season crowns, including the last nine. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own teams.

Baylor forward Lauren Cox is the Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year.  As the Preseason Freshman of the Year, Texas guard Celeste Taylor headlines the 2019-20 Preseason All-Big 12 Women’s Basketball Team. Baylor guard Te’a Cooper, a graduate transfer from South Carolina, is the league’s Newcomer of the Year.

The 2019-20 season opens on Tuesday, November 5 with three non-conference games. League action begins on Friday, January 3.

2019-20 Big 12 Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Poll

1. Baylor (9) 81
2. Texas (1) 71
3. West Virginia 66
4. Iowa State 49
5. K-State 47
6. Oklahoma State 39
7. Oklahoma 34
8. TCU 27
9. Texas Tech 26
10. Kansas 10

(first place votes in parentheses; coaches not allowed to vote for their own team)

2019-20 Big 12 Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Awards
(coaches not allowed to vote for own players)

Preseason Player of the Year
Lauren Cox, Baylor, F, 6-4, Sr, Flower Mound, Texas

Preseason Newcomer of the Year
Te’a Cooper, Baylor, G, 5-8, Gr, Powder Springs, Ga.

Preseason Freshman of the Year
Celeste Taylor, Texas, G, 5-11, Valley Stream, N.Y.

Preseason All-Big 12 Team

Name School Pos Ht Cl-Exp PPG RPG Hometown
Lauren Cox Baylor F 6-4 Sr-3L 13.0 8.3 Flower Mound, Texas
Juicy Landrum Baylor G 5-8 Sr-3L 11.1 5.1 Waco, Texas
NaLyssa Smith Baylor F 6-2 So-1L 8.4 5.1 Converse, Texas
Kristin Scott Iowa State F/C 6-3 Jr-2L 12.8 7.1 Kasson, Minn.
Peyton Williams K-State F 6-4 Sr-3L 15.5 9.5 Topeka, Kan.
Ana Llanusa Oklahoma G 6-0 Jr-2L 18.3 3.4 Choctaw, Okla.
Vivian Gray Oklahoma State F 6-1 Jr-1L 20.0 5.5 Argyle, Texas
Joyner Holmes Texas F 6-3 Sr-3L 11.8 6.7 Cedar Hill, Texas
Sug Sutton Texas G 5-8 Sr-3L 12.7 5.4 St. Louis, Mo.
Brittany Brewer Texas Tech F 6-5 Sr-3L 13.9 7.3 Abilene, Texas
Tynice Martin West Virginia G 5-11 Sr-3L 18.0 5.8 Atlanta, Ga.

* – There was a tie, which included an 11th individual for the Preseason All-Big 12 Team. 

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school)
Te’a Cooper (Baylor), DiDi Richards (Baylor), Ashley Joens (Iowa State), Rachel Ranke (K-State), Kianna Ray (TCU), Charli Collier (Texas), Lashann Higgs (Texas),  Chrislyn Carr (Texas Tech), Kari Niblack (West Virginia) and Madisen Smith (West Virginia).

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