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Laila Blair Receives All-Big 12 Conference Honorable Mention

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POSTED: March 6, 2024 -- 8:25 a.m. CT

After leading the team in scoring during the regular season, Houston senior guard Laila Blair was named an All-Big 12 Conference Honorable Mention, voted on by the league's coaches and announced Tuesday.

In league action, Blair ranks sixth in scoring, averaging 16.3 points per game. Blair averaged 2.9 rebounds per game and 2.6 assists per game. Blair shot 88.5 percent from the charity stripe, 35.3 from the field and 33.0 percent from the 3-point line.

This season, Blair posted 26 games in double figures, including a career-high 33 points in Houston's 77-66 victory against TCU on Jan. 13. Blair reached the 1,500-career point milestone as she scored 23 points against #6 Texas on Feb. 14. The Houston native ranks sixth all-time for scoring in program history with 1,595 points.

Co-Player of the Year: Skylar Vann, Oklahoma and Madison Booker, Texas

Defensive Player of the Year: JJ Quinerly, West Virginia

Freshman of the Year: Madison Booker, Texas

Newcomer of the Year: Payton Verhulst, Oklahoma

Sixth Player Award: DeYona Gaston, Texas

Coach of the Year: Jennie Baranczyk, Oklahoma

All-Big 12 First Team

Lauren Gustin, BYU

Audi Crooks, Iowa State*

Taiyanna Jackson, Kansas

S'Mya Nichols, Kansas

Ayoka Lee, Kansas State*

Serena Sundell, Kansas State

Skylar Vann, Oklahoma*

Payton Verhulst, Oklahoma

Madison Booker, Texas*

JJ Quinerly, West Virginia

All-Big 12 Second Team

Sarah Andrews, Baylor

Kaitlin Peterson, UCF

Madison Conner, TCU

Aaliyah Moore, Texas

Jordan Harrison, West Virginia

All-Big 12 Honorable Mention:

Aijha Blackwell (Baylor), Dre'Una Edwards (Baylor), Darianna Littlepage-Buggs (Baylor), Kailey Woolston (BYU), Jillian Hayes (Cincinnati), Laila Blair (Houston), Addy Brown (Iowa State), Zakiyah Franklin (Kansas), Holly Kersgieter (Kansas), Gabby Gregory (Kansas State), Nevaeh Tot (Oklahoma), Sahara Williams (Oklahoma), Anna Gret Asi (Oklahoma State), Sedona Prince (TCU), Shaylee Gonzales (Texas), Shay Holle (Texas), Taylor Jones (Texas), Bailey Maupin (Texas Tech), Jasmine Shavers (Texas Tech)

Big 12 All-Defensive Team

Taiyanna Jackson, Kansas

Ayoka Lee, Kansas State

Shay Holle, Texas

Jordan Harrison, West Virginia

JJ Quinerly, West Virginia

Big 12 All-Freshman Team

Addy Brown, Iowa State

Audi Crooks, Iowa State*

S'Mya Nichols, Kansas*

Stailee Heard, Oklahoma State

Madison Booker, Texas*

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