Texas Tech women’s basketball junior transfer forward Jackie Patterson was named the Big 12 Conference 2012-13 Preseason Newcomer of the Year on Wednesday.

"This is a great honor for Jackie and our program in the preseason," Tech head coach Kristy Curry said. "I think she realizes she has a lot of hard work ahead and this award come March will mean the most."

Patterson is only the second player in Texas Tech history to be chosen for the preseason award, joining Dominic Seals (2007) and Patrice Edwards (2004).

She averaged 16.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists in her two-year career at Hutchinson Community College. Patterson was a two-time NJCAA All-American and led the No. 2 Lady Dragons to a school-best 36-1 record and an appearance in the NJCAA national championship game last season.


(Coaches not allowed to vote for own players)

Preseason Player of the Year

Brittney Griner, Baylor, C, 6-8, Sr., Houston, Texas/Nimitz

Preseason Newcomer of the Year

Jackie Patterson, Texas Tech, F, 6-1, Jr, Frisco, Texas/Hutchinson Community College

Preseason Freshman of the Year

Alexis Prince, Baylor, G, 6-1, Fr, Orlando, Fla./Edgewater High School

Preseason All-Big 12 Team

Name                      School           Pos       Ht        Cl-Exp      PPG      RPG     Hometown/Previous School

Brittney Griner          Baylor             C         6-8        Sr-3L      23.0      9.5      Houston, Texas/Nimitz

Odyssey Sims           Baylor             G         5-8        Jr-2L      14.9      3.0      Irving, Texas/MacArthur

Chelsea Poppens     Iowa State      F         6-2        Sr-3L      14.2     10.6     Aplington, Iowa/Parkersburg

Angel Goodrich          Kansas           G        5-4        Sr-3L      14.0      4.1     Tahlequah, Okla./Sequoyah

Aaryn Ellenberg         Oklahoma       G        5-7        Jr-2L       15.5      3.5      Las Vegas, Nev./Bishop Gorman

Honorable Mention

(listed alphabetically by school)

Destiny Williams (Baylor), Carolyn Davis (Kansas), Brittany Chambers (K-State), Whitney Hand (Oklahoma), Chassidy Fussell (Texas), Asya Bussie (West Virginia)