Hardy Earns Preseason All-Big 12 Honors

Nebraska's Kiera Hardy was one of five players to earn spots on the Preseason All-Big 12 Team selected by the conference coaches and announced by the league office in Irving, Texas, on Thursday.

Kiera Hardy, a 5-6 senior guard from Kansas City, Mo., is a two-time first-team All-Big 12 selection and Nebraska 's leading scorer each of the past two seasons. She enters her final season at Nebraska trying to become just third three-time first-team all-conference choice in school history. Hardy also has a chance to become just the third 2,000-point scorer in NU history, joining 1993 National Player-of-the-Year Karen Jennings and 1988 Big Eight Player-of-the-Year Maurtice Ivy.

Earlier this fall, Hardy earned Street & Smith's Honorable-Mention All-America honors. Hardy was joined on the All-Big 12 first-team by a host of preseason All-Americans, including preseason league player of the year Courtney Paris from Oklahoma, Tiffany Jackson from Texas, Texas A&M's Morenike Atunrase and Iowa State 's Lyndsey Medders.

All five of the preseason first-team all-conference selections earned first-team All-Big 12 honors at the conclusion of the 2005-06 season.

Baylor senior transfer Bernice Mosby was chosen as the preseason newcomer of the year, while Brittainey Raven from Texas  was selected as the preseason freshman of the year in the league.

Nebraska officially opens practice on Friday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. The Huskers will join fans in celebrating the start of the basketball season at the Big Red Tipoff at the Bob Devaney Sports Center . Coach Connie Yori and the women's team will sign autographs and greet fans in the upper concourse starting at 5:30 p.m., and will be introduced to the crowd on the arena floor at 6:30 p.m.

Doors open to the Devaney Center at 4 p.m. and the first 5,000 fans will receive coupons for a free hot dog and Pepsi product.

2006-07 Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Preseason All-Big 12 Team
(coaches not allowed to vote for own players)

Preseason Player of the Year
Courtney Paris,Oklahoma, C, 6-4, So, Piedmont, Calif.

Preseason Newcomer of the Year      
Bernice Mosby, Baylor, G, 6-0, Sr, Brookville, Fla./University of Florida

Preseason Freshman of the Year        
Brittainey Raven, Texas, G, 6-0, Fr, Fort Worth, Texas/North Crowley HS

Preseason All-Big 12 Team     
Kiera Hardy, Nebraska, 5-6, Sr., G, 17.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg  
Lyndsey Medders, Iowa State, 5-9, Sr., G, 16.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg        
Morenike Atunrase, Texas A&M, 5-10, Jr., G/F, 14.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg 
Tiffany Jackson, Texas, 6-3, Sr., F, 14.3 ppg, 8.7 rpg       
Courtney Paris, Oklahoma, 6-4, So., C,21.9 ppg, 15.0 rpg

Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school)  
Claire Coggins (Kansas State), Leah Rush (Oklahoma), Alesha Robertson (Texas Tech)

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