Seals Named Preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year
Oct. 10, 2007
IRVING, Texas - Dominic Seals (Texas Tech) was named Big 12 women's basketball Preseason Newcomer of the Year while Courtney Paris (Oklahoma) was choses as the Preseason Player of the Year and Tyra White (Texas A&M) was selected Preseason Freshman of the Year in a vote of the league's head coaches.
Seals, a 6-2 junior forward, transferred to Texas Tech from South Plains College. Last year she was selected State Farm/WBCA Junior College National Player of the Year and was a Kodak All-American. Her team was co-champions of the Western Junior College Athletic Conference (WJCAC) and finished with a 31-2 record. The Dallas, Texas, native averaged 14.3 points and 8.2 rebounds.
Paris was last season's Big 12 Player of the Year as well as Defensive Player of the Year. She was a consensus All-American, All-Big 12 First Team selection and MVP of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team the previous two years. The 6-4 junior center led the league in scoring (23.5 ppg) and rebounding (15.9 rpg) last season. She enters 2007-08 with 1,563 career points and 1,065 career rebounds. In addition, she is a member of the U.S. Senior National Team which has qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
White was a McDonald's High School All-American and the 2007 Missouri Gatorade Player of the Year while at Kansas City's (Mo.) Hickman Mills High School. She averaged 18.5 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks per game during her senior campaign.
Joining Paris on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team are Jackie McFarland (Colorado), Kelsey Griffin (Nebraska), and teammates A'Quonesia Franklin and Takia Starks (Texas A&M). Each was named to the All-Big 12 First Team in 2006-07.
2007-08 Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Preseason All-Big 12 Team
Preseason Player of the Year
Preseason Newcomer of the Year
Dominic Seals, Texas Tech, F, 6-2, Jr, Dallas, Texas/South Plains College
Preseason Freshman of the Year
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