Dominic Seals Named Big 12 Newcomer of the Year

Texas Tech junior Dominic Seals was named the 2007-08 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, which was released today by the conference office along with the rest of the Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Awards.

Seals, who hails from Dallas, Texas, is playing her first year at Texas Tech after transferring from South Plains College. Along with her Newcomer of the Year award, Seals was also selected second team All-Big 12 and named to the Big 12 All-Rookie Team.

This season Seals has averaged team bests of 13.8 points and 8.4 rebounds and has a team-high 41 blocks. She has recorded eight double-doubles and scored in double figures in 22 of 30 games.

The Lady Raiders will face Texas in the first round of the 2008 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship on Tues., March 11, at 6 p.m., at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.

2007-08 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Awards

Coach of the Year: Deb Patterson, Kansas State

Player of the Year: Courtney Paris, Oklahoma

Newcomer of the Year: Dominic Seals, Texas Tech

Freshman of the Year: Danielle Robinson, Oklahoma

Defensive Player of the Year: Courtney Paris, Oklahoma

Sixth Man Award: Morenike Atunrase, Texas A&M

 All-Big 12 First Team (alphabetical by school)

Player                          School              Pos      Ht       Cl        Hometown

Rachel Allison                 Baylor              F/P       6-1       Jr       Jonesboro, Ark.
Angela Tisdale                Baylor               G        5-7       Sr      Austin, Texas
Jackie McFarland           Colorado             F        6-3       Sr      Derby, Kan.
Kimberly Dietz            Kansas State         G        5-9       Sr      Boulder, Colo.
Shalee Lehning          Kansas State         G        5-9       Jr       Sublette, Kan.
Kelsey Griffin                Nebraska             F        6-2       Jr       Eagle River, Alaska
Courtney Paris             Oklahoma            C        6-4       Jr       Piedmont, Calif.
Andrea Riley             Oklahoma State       G       5-5       So      Dallas, Texas
Danielle Gant               Texas A&M          G/F     5-11      Jr       Oklahoma City, Okla.
Takia Starks                 Texas A&M            G       5-8       Jr       Houston, Texas

All-Big 12 Second Team (alphabetical by school)

Alison Lacey                  Iowa State          G        6-0      So      Canberra, Australia
Marlies Gipson             Kansas State        F         6-0      Jr       McPherson, Kan.
Brittainey Raven              Texas                G        6-0      So      Fort Worth, Texas
A'Quonesia Franklin      Texas A&M           G        5-3      Sr      Tyler, Texas
Dominic Seals               Texas Tech           F        6-2       Jr       Dallas, Texas

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (alphabetical by school)

Jessica Morrow and Jhasmin Player (Baylor), Brittany Spears (Colorado), Danielle McCray (Kansas), Alyssa Hollins (Missouri), Danielle Page (Nebraska), Ashley Paris and Danielle Robinson (Oklahoma), Danielle Green, Maria Cordero and Taylor Hardeman (Oklahoma State), Carla Cortijo and Ashley Lindsey (Texas)

Big 12 All-Defensive Team (alphabetical by school)

Player                            School          Pos      Ht       Cl        Hometown

Rachel Allison                  Baylor            F/P      6-1       Jr       Jonesboro, Ark.
Yvonne Turner              Nebraska          G        5-8       So      Omaha, Neb.
Courtney Paris             Oklahoma          C        6-4       Jr       Piedmont, Calif.
Danielle Robinson        Oklahoma          G        5-9       Fr       San Jose, Calif.
Danielle Gant               Texas A&M       G/F       5-11     Jr       Oklahoma City, Okla.

Big 12 All-Rookie Team (alphabetical by school)

Player                            School           Pos      Ht       Cl       Hometown

Brittany Spears             Colorado           F         6-1      Fr       Pasadena, Calif.
Kelsey Bolte                 Iowa State        G         6-1      Fr       Ida Grove, Iowa
Krysten Boogaard          Kansas             F        6-5       Fr       Regina, Saskatchewan,
Danielle Robinson        Oklahoma           G        5-9       Fr      San Jose, Calif.
Dominic Seals              Texas Tech          F        6-2       Jr       Dallas, Texas

Source: TTU