IRVING -- Texas A&M women’s basketball player Tyra White was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Week as announced by the league office Monday.
It marked the first career weekly honor for the six-foot redshirt freshman who was honored as preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year prior to the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons. The former McDonald’s High School All-American out of Hickman Mills High School led the nationally-ranked Aggies in scoring in their season-opening wins over Mercer (73-45) on Nov. 14 and No. 23 Pittsburgh (56-50) in the State Farm Women’s Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 16. A&M’s win over Pitt was the program’s fourth-ever against a top 25 opponent in non-conference play.
Whie, who redshirted the 2007-08 season due to an ACL injury in just four minutes of play during her first collegiate game at SMU, scored 13 points in both outings in 16.5 minutes off the bench against the Bears and Panthers combined. She knocked down five three-pointers while also averaging 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.0 blocks.
She becomes the 19th all-time A&M selection and first Aggie freshman to be honored with the weekly award since senior All-America candidate Takia Starks earned the same honors twice during her freshman campaign in 2005-06. White is one of only two freshmen currently in the Big 12 to rank among the top 20 scorers in the league through all games played.