Texas Tech senior Colleen Pitts receives her first Big 12 honor

LUBBOCK, Texas After registering two shutouts last weekend, Texas Tech senior goalkeeper Colleen Pitts was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week, which was announced today by the conference office.

The Dallas, Texas, native Pitts played in all 90 minutes of Tech's two weekend wins, recording two shutouts against TCU and Texas State as the Red Raiders picked up a 3-0 win over the Horned Frogs and a 2-0 victory over the Bobcats.

"Shutouts are obviously a team stat, but having said that, each and every time Colleen was called upon to make a save or come get a cross, she was equal to the task and played with great confidence," said head coach Tom Stone. "It's great that she has been recognized for her play on the weekend."

The two shutouts give Pitts five for her career, which ranks fifth all-time at Texas Tech. It is the first time since 2006 that the Red Raiders have opened the season with consecutive shutouts. Pitts also tallied 10 saves on the weekend, including eight in the Texas State match.

This is the first Big 12 honor for Pitts. Hanna Gilmore of Baylor was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while Emily Goldstein of Iowa State received Newcomer of the Week honors.