By Steve Lansdale
AUSTIN, Texas — University of Texas guards Brooke McCarty and Ariel Atkins capped off their standout seasons by earning Honorable Mention All-America honors from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.
McCarty led the Longhorns and ranked ninth in the Big 12 in scoring in 2016-17, with average of 14.1 points per game, and was the conference’s most accurate three-point shooter, connecting on 77 of 179 shots (.430) from beyond the arc; her 77 three-pointers were the second-highest total in a single season in Texas history. She also ranked second in the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2) and ranked eighth in the conference with an average of 3.6 assists per game. With 1,155 career points, McCarty ranks 29th in UT scoring history, and her .403 career three-point shooting percentage is the fourth-highest in program history.
Atkins earned first-team All-Big 12 honors this season, and was a member of the league’s All-Defensive team. She led the Big 12 with 2.0 steals per game, and ranked 16th in the conference and second among the Longhorns in scoring with an average of 12.8 points per game, and led her team in free throw percentage, draining 81.8 percent of her shots from the line; her career .821 percentage from the charity strip is the fifth-highest in program history. Atkins is 26 points short of becoming the 43th Longhorn to score 1,000 points in her UT career.