IRVING -- Texas A&M’s A’Quonesia Franklin was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, while Oklahoma State’s Danielle Green was selected as Rookie of the Week for final regular season games played as announced by the league office Friday.
Franklin, a 5-foot-3 junior point guard, led No. 14 Texas A&M to its first-ever Big 12 Conference title and first undefeated season at home in the 33-year history of the program with a 67-60 victory over rival Texas in the regular season finale on Feb. 28. Franklin scored a career-and game-high 27 points against the Longhorns. It marked her fifth 20-point game of her career. She knocked down four of the team’s eight three-pointers of the game and made a career-best 7-of-9 from the free throw line. Franklin also dished out four assists to move into the top five all-time in career assists (439) in the Texas A&M record books.
For the 11th time this season she played all 40 minutes of the game and is averaging 34.7 minutes per game. She has distributed the ball 134 times this season and has already recorded her third-straight 100+ assist season to become the third player in school history to do so along with former A&M standouts Toccara Williams (2000-04) and All-American Lisa Branch (1992-96). Franklin has scored in double figures in eight of the team’s last nine outings. She ranks 45th nationally in assists per game (4.8) as of Feb. 26 and 30th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.94). Her team-leading averages rank fifth-best in the Big 12 in assists and tops in assist-to-turnover ratio through all games played.
Franklin was honored for the second time this season next to player of the week honors on Feb. 12. She has played and started in all 28 games of the season. The Big 12 champion Aggies posted a program-best 13-3 mark in conference play and earned the No. 1 seed for the first time in school history for the upcoming Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship in Oklahoma City. A&M earned a first-round bye in back-to-back seasons.