Texas Tech senior forward Jordan Barncastle was honored Wednesday as the university’s representative on the 2012 Community of Champions.
Only one student-athlete is honored from each of the Big 12 Conference schools based on his or her academics, community service, leadership and sportsmanship.
The athlete must maintain a 3.0 GPA, be involved with at least one community service program and demonstrate leadership and sportsmanship on and off the playing field or court.
Barncastle, a Martin’s Mill native, will graduate with a degree in biology and plans to go to medical school to pursue a degree in sports medicine.
She’s started the last four games for Texas Tech and is averaging 15.7 minutes and 5.7 points per game. Barncastle has been involved in community service projects throughout Lubbock, including the Ronald McDonald House, Susan G. Komen Foundation, UMC Children’s Hospital, Covenant Children’s Hospital and Salvation Army.
When Texas Tech beat Oklahoma State 58-53 on Jan.4 to open Big 12 play, the Lady Raiders had won 13 games in a row and soon rose to No. 10 in the nation.
On Wednesday, Tech had recently been stripped of its top-25 status and the loss to the Cowgirls made them losers in seven of their last nine.
Oklahoma State has gone for a similar ride, going 8-1 in non-conference play before struggling against the Big 12.
“This league is such a grind,” Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said. “They went through a stretch where they were 2-0 and ranked 10th, and you lose some tight games or tough ones and this league can get to you. They’ve got an extremely good team and I thought they played great defense and took us out of everything we did. Every time you go out and defend and rebound, you give yourself a chance to win.”
Chynna Brown scored 16 points to lead all scorers in Wednesday’s 53-49 loss at Oklahoma State.
She started the second half and was the best player on the floor for most of the game. She worked off screens to find open jump shots and was 7 of 14 from the field.
She also grabbed nine rebounds.
“I thought Chynna Brown was exceptional tonight,” Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said. “She’s a tough matchup for us. We had worked on going under some screens and making them hit shots and she was just rising and hitting tough shots.”
Compiled by David Just