Bridget Carleton named preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention


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Iowa State sophomore Bridget Carleton looks for a teammate after being trapped by Kansas State defenders at the Big 12 tournament in Oklahoma City.

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Iowa State junior forward Bridget Carleton has been named Preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention, despite finishing the 2016-17 season as a unanimous All-Big 12 first team member.

The league announced the first team and honorable mention selections, as chosen by the coaches, on Wednesday morning. 

The forward from Chatham, Ontario, Canada had a career year last season, averaging 15 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Bridget had three 30-point games last season, scoring 31 points in games against Northern Illinois and West Virginia. 

Carleton shot 34.1 percent from three-point range last season and finished second in the nation in free throw percentage at 93.9 percent as the Cyclones finished 18-13 and lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament to Syracuse. 

This summer, Carleton was a member of the Canadian national senior team that won the Women’s FIBA AmeriCup title.

This marks the second time in two seasons that the Big 12 coaches have allegedly snubbed an Iowa State player through their selections. Last season, then-senior Seanna Johnson was named All-Big 12 honorable mention after the season even though she made the first team during her junior year.

Coach Bill Fennelly was disappointed in his fellow coaches for leaving Carleton off of the first team after the season she had last year, and was upset that the same thing could happen to his players two years straight.

“I’m not happy about it,” Fennelly said. “To finish unanimous All-Conference first team last season and then not be on it the next preseason, it’s not fair to her.”

The Cyclones will be back in action for Hilton Madness Friday night at 7 p.m in Hilton Coliseum.