Oklahoma's Peyton Little was tabbed the Big 12 Women's Basketball Preseason Newcomer of the Year, announced by the conference office Wednesday. The award was chosen by the leagues head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.
Little, a transfer from Texas A&M, hits the court in a Sooner uniform for the first time this season after sitting out last year due to NCAA transfer rules.
The redshirt sophomore played in all 35 games as a freshman with Texas A&M in 2012-13 where she averaged 4.5 points, 1.2 rebounds and 15.0 minutes per game. The 5-11 guard made 53-of-155 field goals (.342) and 25-of-98 3-pointers (.255). Little also totaled 32 assists and made 15 steals.
The Abilene, Texas native is one of two returning OU redshirts in 2014-15, joining redshirt sophomore Maddie Manning. Little and Madding add to the depth of seven returning letterwinners. The Sooners also welcome six newcomers.
Along with Little, both Bria Holmes (West Virginia) and Ariel Atkins (Texas) picked up Big 12 Conference awards. Holmes was named the Preseason Player of the Year and Atkins picked up Preseason Freshman of the Year.
The Big 12 Women's Basketball Preseason Poll will be announced on Oct. 8.
Oklahoma tips off its season Wednesday, Nov. 5, with an exhibition game against Southeastern Oklahoma State at the Lloyd Noble Center at 7 p.m.