Bridget Carleton named unanimous All-Big 12 first teamer


Junior Bridget Carleton moves down the court during their game against the University of Texas on Feb. 24 at the Hilton Coliseum. 

Noah Rohlfing

For the second straight year, Iowa State’s Bridget Carleton has been named a Unanimous All-Big 12 first-team player, it was announced Wednesday. 

Carleton, a junior from Chatham, Ontario, Canada, is only the sixth player in Iowa State history to be named All-Big 12 first team in back-to-back seasons.

Carleton led the Cyclones in a staggering five categories: points per game (18.8), rebounds per game (6.7), steals per game (2.1), and blocks per game (0.9), as well as leading the team in 3-pointers made with 61. 

In a Twitter video released by the Cyclones, Carleton commented on the honor.

“It’s a huge honor to be recognized by all the coaches in the Big 12,” Carleton said.

In Tuesday night’s victory over Kansas, Carleton broke the Iowa State record for Big 12 single-season scoring with 347 points. Carleton is sixth in overall single-season scoring heading into Friday’s Big 12 Tournament first-round matchup with Texas Tech.

Sitting at 545 points through 29 games, Carleton needs only 12 on Friday to tie Kelsey Bolte for fifth-most points in a single season. 

Coach Bill Fennelly is “running out of superlatives” to describe Carleton’s accomplishments. 

“I think the kind of season she’s had has been incredible,” Fennelly said. “What it means is the other nine schools in this league think as highly of Bridget as we do.”