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Dales repeats as Big 12 player of the year

DALLAS (AP) _ Oklahoma's Stacey Dales, who leads the No. 5 Sooners in scoring and assists, on Friday was named Big 12 Player of the Year for the second consecutive year.

Dales scored 16.7 points per game for the Sooners (24-3, 14-2), who have won three straight regular-season conference titles. Dales, a guard from Brockville, Ontario, Canada, also averaged five assists per game.

Kansas State's Deb Patterson was selected as Big 12 Coach of the Year after leading the No. 14 Wildcats to a 23-6 record, 11-5 in the conference.

The awards were announced as part of the All-Big 12 Conference Team, chosen by conference head coaches.

Texas' Heather Schreiber was the Freshman of the Year. Schreiber, from Windthorst, Texas, averaged 14.4 points and six rebounds this year.

Keasha Cannon of Nebraska was the Newcomer of the Year. The junior from Kansas City, Kan., averaged 13.1 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.



First team _ Stacey Dales, sr., g, Oklahoma; Sheila Lambert, sr., g, Baylor; Nicole Ohlde, so., f/c, Kansas State; Angie Welle, sr., c, Iowa State; Danielle Crockrom, sr., f, Baylor.

Second team _ LaNeishea Caufield, sr., g, Oklahoma; Jia Perkins, so., g, Texas Tech; Stacy Stephens, so., f/c, Texas; Mandy Nightingale, sr., g, Colorado; Lindsey Wilson, jr., g, Iowa State.

Third team _ Caton Hill, jr., f, Oklahoma; Jenny Roulier, sr., g, Colorado; Laurie Koehn, fr., g, Kansas State; Kendra Wecker, fr., f, Kansas State; Tracy Gahan, sr., g, Iowa State; Rosalind Ross, sr., g, Oklahoma.

Honorable mention _ Evan Unrau and Kerensa Barr, Missouri; Keasha Cannon, Nebraska; Trisha Skibbe, Oklahoma State; Heather Schreiber, Texas; Toccara Williams, Texas A&M; Meg Banahan, Texas A&M; Amber Tarr, Texas Tech.

Coach of the Year _ Deb Patterson, Kansas State

Player of the Year _ Stacey Dales, Oklahoma

Newcomer of the Year _ Keasha Cannon, Nebraska

Freshman of the Year _ Heather Schreiber, Texas

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