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Four Bears Earn Postseason Big 12 Accolades for Baylor Women's Basketball

March 6, 2023
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IRVING, Texas – Baylor women’s basketball earned several postseason accolades from the Big 12 on Monday, highlighted by Darianna Littlepage-Buggs collecting the league’s Freshman of the Year award.

Sarah Andrews was named to the All-Big 12 First Team, while Caitlin Bickle landed a spot on the second team and Littlepage-Buggs earned an honorable mention. Additionally, Bickle was tabbed a Big 12 All-Defensive Team pick, while Littlepage-Buggs and Bella Fontleroy were voted unanimous Big 12 All-Freshman Team selections.

Voted the unanimous Big 12 Freshman of the Year after a stellar rookie campaign, Littlepage-Buggs is the fourth Baylor Bear to earn the distinction and first to receive it since Nina Davis in 2014, also joining Odyssey Sims and Brittney Griner on the list. She earned eight Freshman of the Week laurels this season, which is the second-most awarded to an individual in the conference since 2009.

Littlepage-Buggs turned in 14 double-doubles, including 10 in league play, and leads all rookies in Division I in rebounding with 9.5 per game. Additionally, she picked up an all-conference honorable mention and was a unanimous Big 12 All-Freshman Team selection.

After landing a spot on the All-Big 12 Second Team last season, Andrews played her way onto the 11-person first team this year. She reached double-figure scoring in 15 of 18 Big 12 games with 20-plus point performances in six of those contests with a career-best 30-point outpouring in a top-25 win on the road at Oklahoma. With her selection, Baylor has had representation on the All-Big 12 First Team every year since 2004.

For the first time in her five-year career, Bickle earned a spot on the All-Big 12 Second Team, as well as the Big 12 All-Defensive Team. Bickle logged six double-doubles on the year, including five in conference play, while turning in her first-career 30-piece against Oklahoma. The forward finished in double figures on the glass on 10 occasions and is one of the only players in the No. 5 position in the country shooting 50% from the floor, 40% from 3-point range and 80% from the free throw line this season.

A two-time Big 12 Freshman of the Week, Fontleroy made an appearance in all 30 games for the Bears this season, starting the last 11 games heading into the postseason and 13 total as a true freshman. Fontleroy has logged 15 double-digit performances and has three double-doubles on the year, including two in Big 12 action. The selections of Fontleroy and Littlepage-Buggs to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team marks the first time a BU rookie has been named to the team since 2018 and the first time two Bears have earned a spot since 2016.

Baylor enters the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship as the No. 6 seed and will face No. 3-seeded Iowa State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City. The game is available for streaming via Big 12 Now on ESPN+.

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Four Bears Earn Postseason Big 12 Accolades for Baylor Women's Basketball

1,906 Views | 5 Replies | Last: 11 mo ago by Baylorkid
Bear3
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So proud of these ladies!!! Great accomplishment for Sarah to make first team especially since she has been playing with a hurt shoulder since first Iowa State game. Such a talented player.

Our future is so incredibly bright with these two very talented freshmen. Very well deserved honors for both!

Finally I could not be happier for Caitlin Bickle to get this recognition! It is so well deserved. It has been so fun to see her game improve and her leadership skills shine under Nicki Collen. Cait is the heart and soul of this team and a true Baylor Bear! She will be missed.
Task Force 2015
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Both Dariana and Bella were unanimously selected for the All-Freshman Team.Not true for the other 4 young women(there was a tie for 5th place).
blueeyedbear
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Bear3 said:

So proud of these ladies!!! Great accomplishment for Sarah to make first team especially since she has been playing with a hurt shoulder since first Iowa State game. Such a talented player.

Our future is so incredibly bright with these two very talented freshmen. Very well deserved honors for both!

Finally I could not be happier for Caitlin Bickle to get this recognition! It is so well deserved. It has been so fun to see her game improve and her leadership skills shine under Nicki Collen. Cait is the heart and soul of this team and a true Baylor Bear! She will be missed.
Yes, Great to see Caitlin receive some well-deserved recognition. She will be missed.

Awesome, Both Bella and Darianna were voted as unanimous selections to the All-Freshman Team.
Dariana put the cherry on the cake with her Freshman of the Year selection.

Sarah selected to First team was a surprise to me but a very nice surprise.

MEGA CONGRATS to all 4 !!!

Olympia3
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I love seeing Bickle get her due. Love it.

Our freshman are super talented. If Buggs can learn how to shoot jumpers she will be spectacular. All Bella has to do is get better fitness. Those two will be hard to guard.

Sarah right now is our most important player. When she's on we most likely win. She is that important. Love seeing her get her due as well.
Baylorkid
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So proud of my girl Caitlin Bickle
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