Mc­Carty earns AP All-Amer­ica honor

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Ju­nior guard Brooke Mc­Carty was se­lected as an hon­or­able men­tion to the As­so­ci­ated Press All-Amer­ica Team, an­nounced Mon­day.

It was the first All-Amer­ica honor at Texas for Mc­Carty, the 2017 Big 12 Con­fer­ence player of the year.

Mc­Carty led Texas in scor­ing with a 14.1 points per game av­er­age, ninth in the Big 12.

She led the con­fer­ence in three-point field-goal per­cent­age (43 per­cent), was sec­ond in as­sist-to-turnover ra­tio at 2.2 and eighth in as­sists per game (3.6).

Mc­Carty helped Texas achieve a 25-9 record, mark­ing the third con­sec­u­tive 24-plus-win sea­son for the Longhorns. Texas fin­ished sec­ond in the Big 12 for the sec­ond year in a row with a 15-3 league record.

The Longhorns, mak­ing their fourth straight NCAA Tour­na­ment ap­pear­ance, ad­vanced to their third straight Sweet 16.

Mc­Carty played 1,149 min­utes, the third-most in a sin­gle sea­son in UT his­tory. She ranked sixth in the Big 12 for min­utes played per game (33.8).

Mc­Carty’s 77 three-point­ers were the sec­ond-most in a sin­gle sea­son in school his­tory.

Base­ball: Sopho­more Nolan King­ham was named the Big 12’s pitcher of the week Mon­day.

In a 2-0 win over Kansas State last week­end, King­ham al­lowed four hits dur­ing his first-ever com­plete game. The right-han­der struck out five and walked two.

King­ham is 3-2 this sea­son and boasts a con­fer­ence­lead­ing 0.72 ERA.

King­ham is the first Longhorn to win a Big 12 award in 2017. Ty Cul­berth (pitcher of the week), Tres Bar­rera (player of the week) and Joe Baker (player of the week) were hon­ored in 2016.

Karen As­ton’s Texas women turned in a nice 25-9 sea­son, but know­ing her as the fierce com­peti­tor she is, As­ton be­lieved Texas was just as good if not bet­ter than Stan­ford, which beat the Horns and then No. 1-seeded Notre Dame to qual­ify for the Fi­nal Four.

As As­ton looks ahead to 2018, two more McDon­ald’s All-Amer­i­cans, in­clud­ing Galena Park North Shore point guard Ch­a­sity Patterson, the na­tion’s top point guard, are join­ing the pro­gram. That will give her nine, which has to be the most in the coun­try. With all that talent at her dis­posal, the ex­pec­ta­tions are go­ing up next sea­son.

In the mean­time, here what has to hap­pen for Texas to take an­other step to­ward that first Fi­nal Four since 2003:

Fresh­man Joyner Holmes can be an All-Amer­i­can by the time she gets out of here, but she must de­velop a re­li­able jumper and get in even bet­ter phys­i­cal con­di­tion. She was vis­i­bly winded and asked to come out of the game eight min­utes into the sea­son fi­nale.

As­ton must cede more re­spon­si­bil­ity to as­sis­tants Tina Thomp­son and Jamie Carey, who are more of­fen­sively minded in their philoso­phies than the head coach. Too often this sea­son, Texas bogged down of­fen­sively in half-court sets late in the shot clock against qual­ity com­pe­ti­tion.

Big 12 of­fen­sive player of the year Brooke Mc­Carty will get even bet­ter if she be­comes a bet­ter stu­dent of the game, which means watch­ing oth­ers play. She doesn’t watch games on tele­vi­sion, so the abil­ity to add to her game takes a hit. She would re­ally ben­e­fit from learn­ing from tape on play­ers like the great Diana Taurasi and fel­low small play­ers like Shan­non “Pee Wee” John­son and Te­meka John­son, who won the 2009 WNBA ti­tle with Taurasi in Phoenix.

Won­der­ing if the 1972 Dol­phins had any­thing to do with that lone nay in the 31-1 vote of league own­ers to ap­prove the Raiders’ move to Ve­gas? Mi­ami was the lone dis­sent­ing vote.

Jerry Jones would hate it, but why not San An­to­nio for an NFL fran­chise? The big­gest ques­tion would be if the old Alam­od­ome could be con­verted into a money-mak­ing NFL fa­cil­ity or if the city could af­ford to build an NFL sta­dium. What about New Braun­fels, right in be­tween Austin and SA? We can dream, can’t we?

Why isn’t Colin Kaeper­nick get­ting any free agent of­fers from NFL teams?

And spare me with this dis­trac­tion non­sense. Kaeper­nick made na­tional news for kneel­ing dur­ing the na­tional an­them last sea­son, and while I dis­agreed with his ac­tions, I un­der­stood his rea­sons for do­ing so.

This isn’t a po­lit­i­cal dis­cus­sion, but Kaep, de­spite dis­ap­point­ing many Amer­i­cans with the rev­e­la­tion that he didn’t vote in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, should also be com­mended for send­ing $1 mil­lion in aid to the im­pov­er­ished peo­ple of So­ma­lia on a plane he rented. He has taken PR hits, but put his money where his mouth was.

As far as foot­ball is con­cerned, it’s start­ing to feel as if own­er­ship got to­gether and de­cided in uni­son to black­ball Kaeper­nick. It takes on a more ques­tion­able stance when you see lesser play­ers like Mike Glen­non, Mark Sanchez and Kellen Moore land­ing nice deals. None are as ac­com­plished as Kaeper­nick, who led a team to the Su­per Bowl, in case you for­got. He also threw 16 touch­downs and only four in­ter­cep­tions for a 2-14 team last sea­son. He also ran for nearly 500 yards and owns a ca­reer com­ple­tion per­cent­age of 59.8.

So there has to be more to his phone not ring­ing than just him be­ing a dis­trac­tion, es­pe­cially since Nin­ers play­ers voted him team­mate of the year fol­low­ing the 2016 sea­son.

Worse yet, con­sider the case of Johnny Manziel, who’s be­ing courted by the New Or­leans Saints.

The league’s poster boy for dis­trac­tion al­legedly held his for­mer girl­friend against her will and punched her, not to men­tion his well-doc­u­mented sub­stance abuse prob­lems that have played out in pub­lic.

While Kaep sits, Johnny Freefall may be about to land a nice free-agent deal.

Makes no sense.

CON­TRIB­UTED BY DUSTIN SAFRANEK

UT coach Karen As­ton should cede more re­spon­si­bil­ity to as­sis­tants Tina Thomp­son and Jamie Carey, who are more of­fen­sively minded.

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