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Martin, Davenport, Pardee honored in Big 12 women’s hoops preseason awards

MORGANTOWN — Three members of the WVU women’s basketball team have earned Preseason All-Big 12 accolades — redshirt junior guard Tynice Martin was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team while senior guard/forward Naomi Davenport and senior guard Katrina Pardee earned Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention.


The teams were voted upon by Big 12 women’s basketball coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players.


“It’s great to see Tynice, Katrina and Naomi honored by the Big 12 coaches,” head coach Mike Carey said. “These three have been named captains for their leadership on and off the court, and their dedication to this team has been noticed. I look forward to seeing their hard work pay off this season”


Martin, the 2017 Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Player, suffered a foot injury during the summer of 2017 and was forced to miss the 2017-18 season. She was an Associated Press All-America Honorable Mention and Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-America Honorable Mention, as well as a unanimous All-Big 12 First Team selection as a sophomore in 2016-17. Martin averaged 18.6 points and 4.3 rebounds per game on the season and scored 82 points during the Mountaineers’ magical Big 12 Tournament run. Her 32 points in the title game against Baylor were a Big 12 Championship game record. The 2018-19 season marks her second All-Big 12 Preseason accolade.


Davenport finished her first season at West Virginia as an All-Big 12 Second Team honoree in 2018 and Pardee ranked fourth in the Big 12 with 82 three-point field goals made last season.


Kalani Brown of Texas was named the Preseason Player of the Year, while the Longhorns’ Danni Williams was tabbed the Preseason Newcomer of the Year. NaLyssa Smith of Baylor and Charli Collier of Texas earned Preseason Co-Freshman of the Year.