IRVING, Texas — Kansas State senior guard Brittany Chambers was named First Team All-Big 12 for the third time in her career Thursday.
Chambers was also named the inaugural Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for women’s basketball. She’s just the third player in K-State history to earn First Team All-Big 12 honors three straight seasons, joining Nicole Ohlde and Kendra Wecker.
For the season, Chambers has registered career season-highs in points (20.2), rebounds (7.5) and assists (3.1) per game. She is the only player in the Big 12 to score 600 or more points (607), grab 200 or more rebounds (225) and dish out 90 or more assists (93).
Chambers goes into the Wildcats’ game tonight in the Big 12 tournament needing just 15 points to reach 2,000 for her career, joining only Wecker and Ohlde to have reached that milestone in school history.
The 607 points Chambers has scored this season are a career-high and ranks as the second-highest point total by a K-State senior in school history and the sixth-highest overall point total for a single-season in program history.
Chambers needs three points to become the school record holder for points by a senior.
Chambers has reached double figures in 28 of the 30 games this season, including a career-high 16 games of 20 or more points. The 16 games with 20 or more points are the most by a Wildcat since the 2003-04 season when Wecker tallied 16 games with 20 or more points.
In league action, Chambers averaged 20.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists. She ranked second in the league in scoring, 10th in rebounding, 11th in assists and paced the league in minutes played per game.
In addition to her on court honors, Chambers was recognized as the inaugural Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Beginning with the current academic year, the Big 12 is honoring a student-athlete in each sport for their dedication in the classroom as well as to their respective sport. Chambers, a pre-med major, holds a 3.5 grade point average.
Earlier this season, Chambers earned Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors for the third time in her career. She is also one of 10 national finalists for the Senior CLASS Award.
Fan voting for the Senior CLASS Award continues through March 25 at http://www.seniorclassaward.com or on the Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner.
Since the formation of the Big 12 in 1996-97, K-State has received 39 All-Big 12 honors by 17 different players. Of the 39 All-Big 12 citations, 17 have been on the first team, seven second team honors, four third team recipients and 11 honorable mention honors.
In Big 12 individual awards announced on Thursday, senior Brittney Griner of Baylor was named the Big 12 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year for the third straight season. The Bears, the 2013 Big 12 regular season champion, also saw head coach Kim Mulkey earn her third straight Big 12 Coach of the Year honor.
In addition to Chambers and Baylor’s Griner, other players named first team All-Big 12 were Odyssey Sims (Baylor), Hallie Christofferson and Chelsea Poppens (Iowa State), Angel Goodrich (Kansas), Aaryn Ellenberg (Oklahoma), Toni Young (Oklahoma State), Chynna Brown (Texas Tech) and Christal Caldwell (West Virginia).
The Big 12 second team included Carolyn Davis (Kansas), Joanna McFarland (Oklahoma), Tiffany Bias (Oklahoma State) and Casey Morris and Monique Smalls (Texas Tech).
K-State finished the regular season with a 14-16 overall record and a 5-13 mark in the Big 12, which was eighth in the league standings.
The Wildcats will face the No. 9 seed Texas (12-17, 5-13) tonight at 6 in the opening round of the Big 12 Championships in Dallas at the American Airlines Center.
Tonight’s game will be available for free on the Big 12 Digital Network. To access the Big 12 Digital Network, go to http://www.big12sports.com.