Freshmen earn conference awards


A pair of Longhorn freshmen were honored last week after two dominant performances. Freshman guard Joyner Holmes was awarded Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Week after leading Texas to two victories over No. 20 Oklahoma and Texas Tech.

Holmes shot 50 percent last week en route to averaging a double-double with 16.5 points per game and 12.5 rebounds per game. The guard from Cedar Hill now has four double-doubles in her freshman year. 

Holmes will look to keep the Longhorns undefeated in conference play when they travel to Fort Worth to take on TCU on Wednesday. 

Freshman forward Jarrett Allen had quite a week as well. Although Texas came up short against No. 6 Baylor and No. 2 Kansas, Allen was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week after two impressive performances of his own. 

Allen averaged 19.5 points and 14.5 rebounds against the top-10 conference foes. Allen finished with 22 points on nine field goals in addition to 19 rebounds in Lawrence — all career highs for the standout freshman. 

He’ll look to improve upon his stellar play to give Texas more success down the stretch of conference play.