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Weekly Awards Week 12:



Texas Tech’s Vivian Gray earned Big 12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week and Iowa State’s Lexi Donarski was tabbed Freshman of the Week in Week 13. A five-person media panel selects the award winners.

Gray scored a career-high 38 points to go along with 10 rebounds, three blocks and three steals in the Lady Raiders’ OT victory over Kansas. She was 14-of-21 (.667) on the night from the floor and hit 10-of-13 free throw attempts. The senior had 21 points in the second half and five points in the overtime period to push Texas Tech to victory. She is only the second player in the nation this season to record a game of 30-plus points, 10-plus rebounds, three-plus blocks and three-plus steals.

Donarski tallied her fourth 20-point effort of the season in a win against Kansas. The freshman tallied 20 points, grabbing four rebounds and dishing four assists as she helped the Cyclones to a two-point win over the Jayhawks. In the Cyclones’ outing at Oklahoma State, Donarski reached double figures with 12 points. She also led ISU with five assists and added two boards. On the week, she averaged 16 points, 4.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds.

This is Gray’s third honor in her career and first this season, while Donarski picked up her fourth freshman honor.
 
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Looks good for Donarski for Freshman of the Year even though it's voted by coaches and the weeklys are not.

Updated Season Totals

Player of Week
Ashley Joens, ISU
(3) Dec 7, Dec 14, Jan 11
Charli Collier, Texas (2) Nov 30, Jan 25
Lauren Heard, TCU (1) Dec 14
NaLyssa Smith, Baylor (1) Dec 21
Natasha Mack, OSU (3) Dec 28, Jan 11, Feb 8
Madi Williams, OU (2) Jan 4, Feb 15
Kysre Gondrezick, WVU (1) Feb 1
Vivian Gray, TT, (1) Feb 22

Freshman of the Week
Ioanna Chatzileonti, Kansas (2) Nov 30, Dec 7
Lexi Donarski, ISU (4) Dec 14, Jan 11, Feb 15, Feb 22
Hannah Gusters, Baylor (1) Dec 21
Lexy Keys, Oklahoma State (2) Dec 21, Feb 8
Emily Ryan, ISU (2) Dec 28, Jan 18
DeYona Gaston, Texas (1) Jan 4
Aja Holmes, TCU (1) Jan 25
Kylie Feuerbach, ISU (1) Feb 1
 
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Lexi's season scoring average has now risen to 13 pts/game, which has exceeded Ashley's (11.7 pts/game) and Bridget's (12 pts/game) freshman years. Her future's looking very bright.
 
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After a mid season slump, Lexi has definitely turned it on!
I think Lexi's recent great performances also due to her establishing a much clear role on the team. Since she's only a rookie and we have a superstar in Ashley and some good senior players and talented freshmen on the team, she had to defer to other players at first. Also, she used to handle the ball in high school, with Emily playing the point guard the majority of the time, she has to get used to playing off guard and not being the primary offense focus. Credit to Lexi, she has overcome the difficulty and adjusted well. Now she has shown her talent and become the team's #2 offensive option, the team also recognizes her role on the team and her usage rate has gone up and she's become more comfortable on the offensive end. When all the players know their roles on the team, the team tends to achieve more success.

Unlike Caitlin Clark, who was handed the key by Bluder from the beginning, Lexi somehow has to earn her place on our team. Now she has a more defined role, this is only the beginning of a great college career.
 

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Unlike Caitlin Clark, who was handed the key by Bluder from the beginning
Clark's usage rate is 38.4%. That leads the nation by 2.1%. Since 15-16, only four times has a player with over 15 games and 20 mpg had a usage rate higher than that, all at mid-majors. Two of the four were Morgan Bertsch at UC Davis in 17-18 and 18-19.

The nearest freshmen to that number since 15-16 is Norianna Haynes of Alcorn at 37.5% and Jessica Shepard of Nebraska at 35.3%, both in 15-16.

(Usage rate is the percent of her team's plays -- while she's on the court -- ending in a shot, FT trip, or turnover by her. Stats are from herhoopstats.com)
 
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It'll be disappointing if Lexi isn't Fr of the yr.
I think Lexi's recent great performances also due to her establishing a much clear role on the team. Since she's only a rookie and we have a superstar in Ashley and some good senior players and talented freshmen on the team, she had to defer to other players at first. Also, she used to handle the ball in high school, with Emily playing the point guard the majority of the time, she has to get used to playing off guard and not being the primary offense focus. Credit to Lexi, she has overcome the difficulty and adjusted well. Now she has shown her talent and become the team's #2 offensive option, the team also recognizes her role on the team and her usage rate has gone up and she's become more comfortable on the offensive end. When all the players know their roles on the team, the team tends to achieve more success.

Unlike Caitlin Clark, who was handed the key by Bluder from the beginning, Lexi somehow has to earn her place on our team. Now she has a more defined role, this is only the beginning of a great college career.
Hmmm, could it be coaching? ;)
 

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Clark's usage rate is 38.4%.
For comparison, here are our single-season leaders since 15-16:

1. 2020-21 Ashley Joens Iowa St. 32.8%
2. 2017-18 Bridget Carleton Iowa St. 30.5%
3. 2019-20 Ashley Joens Iowa St. 28.7%
4. 2018-19 Bridget Carleton Iowa St. 28.4%
5. 2015-16 Seanna Johnson Iowa St. 26.2%
6. 2016-17 Seanna Johnson Iowa St. 24.0%
7. 2019-20 Kristin Scott Iowa St. 23.9%
8. 2016-17 Bridget Carleton Iowa St. 23.7%
9. 2015-16 Bryanna Fernstrom Iowa St. 23.7%
10. 2018-19 Alexa Middleton Iowa St. 23.0%
 
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Clark's usage rate is 38.4%. That leads the nation by 2.1%. Since 15-16, only four times has a player with over 15 games and 20 mpg had a usage rate higher than that, all at mid-majors. Two of the four were Morgan Bertsch at UC Davis in 17-18 and 18-19.

The nearest freshmen to that number since 15-16 is Norianna Haynes of Alcorn at 37.5% and Jessica Shepard of Nebraska at 35.3%, both in 15-16.

(Usage rate is the percent of her team's plays -- while she's on the court -- ending in a shot, FT trip, or turnover by her. Stats are from herhoopstats.com)
She's a statistical aberration as a freshman leading the league in both scoring and assists. Most of the time you'll find a PG doing one or the other and not both especially as a teenager. Doing either as freshman is noteworthy and why Ryan's assist stats (trailing only DiDi of Baylor) are looking so good. Clark's biggest down stat (and it's pretty big) is that she is also leading the league in turnovers which is a pretty big driver for your usage stat. When I've watched it's high risk passes, not a bad handle where she's getting the ball stolen out of her hands.
 
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Clark's usage rate is 38.4%. That leads the nation by 2.1%. Since 15-16, only four times has a player with over 15 games and 20 mpg had a usage rate higher than that, all at mid-majors. Two of the four were Morgan Bertsch at UC Davis in 17-18 and 18-19.

The nearest freshmen to that number since 15-16 is Norianna Haynes of Alcorn at 37.5% and Jessica Shepard of Nebraska at 35.3%, both in 15-16.

(Usage rate is the percent of her team's plays -- while she's on the court -- ending in a shot, FT trip, or turnover by her. Stats are from herhoopstats.com)
she could end up like Riley at OSU....
 

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According to the Big12 Record Book, ISU has only won the following awards a total of four times.

Player of the Year: Bridget Carleton (2019)
Freshman of the Year: Megan Taylor (1998)
Newcomer of the Year: Stacy Frese (1998), Desiree Francis (1999)

Coach Fen has never won the Big12 Coach of the Year award, which is unbelievable. He should've won it in 2019. Next 3-4 years he will have a great chance of winning it before he retires.