Lady Bears claim several annual conference honors

Junior forward Nina Davis shoots a free throw during the Lady Bears’ game against Kansas State on Feb. 3, at the Ferell Center. Davis was named to the All-Big 12 Conference first team alongside teammates Alexis Jones and Niya Johnson. Photo credit: Penelope Shirey

Multiple members of the Big 12 Conference Champion Baylor women’s basketball team received all-conference honors this week.

Junior guard Alexis Jones was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year after averaging 14.5 points and 4.0 assists per game on the season and leading the Lady Bears in scoring in conference play.

Jones played her first two seasons at Duke before transferring to Baylor and starting 27 of 31 games this season.

Jones, along with seniors Niya Johnson and Nina Davis, were named to the All-Big 12 First Team.

Jones and Davis were unanimous selections.

Johnson leads the nation in assists per game at 9.2 and ranks second in assist to turnover ratio at 3.5.

This is the second consecutive first team selection for Johnson, who was also named to the All-Big 12 Defensive Team after recording 51 steals this season.

Davis leads the Lady Bears in scoring at 15.7 points per game and ranks second on the team in rebounds per game at 6.3. This is the third consecutive first team selection for Davis.

Sophomore guard Kristy Wallace and freshman center Beatrice Mompremier earned Big 12 Conference honors in the final week of the season, being named player of the week and freshman of the week, respectively.

Wallace led all scorers with 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting in the Lady Bears win over No. 6-ranked Texas Monday night in the Ferrell Center.

The scoring outburst was a season-high for Wallace, who also contributed seven rebounds, two assists and two blocks in 30 minutes off the bench.

This is the first Big 12 weekly accolade for Wallace, who is averaging 8.3 points per game on the season.

Wallace was also named one of nine Big 12 honorable mentions for the season.

Wallace is the fourth Lady Bear to be named Big 12 Player of the Week this season, joining Davis, Jones and Johnson.

Mompremier scored nine points, grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and blocked three shots in the Lady Bears win over Texas.

This is the second freshman of the week honor for Mompremier, joining teammate Kalani Brown, who has also received the accolade twice this season. Both Mompremier and Brown were named to the all-freshman team.

Mompremier is averaging 7.5 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game while Brown is averaging 9.1 and 4.3, respectively.

The Lady Bears led the conference in number of first team and freshman team selections.