Longhorns collect Big 12 preseason awards

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On Wednesday, the Big 12 announced its preseason conference award winners for women’s basketball, which included four Longhorns.

Junior center Jatarie White was named preseason newcomer of the year. Freshman guard Chasity Patterson was named preseason freshman of the year. Senior guards Ariel Atkins and Brooke McCarty were named to the preseason All-Big 12 team.

Before the Longhorns open their 2017-18 season, they’ll host an exhibition game with Oklahoma City University at the Frank Erwin Center on Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. Texas will officially open its season a week later at home when the Longhorns host Stetson on Nov. 12 at 1 p.m.

Texas is also scheduled to play two games against LSU and Washington on Nov. 24 and 25 in the South Point Shootout in Las Vegas. The Longhorns will open Big 12 play on Dec. 28 against Oklahoma in Norman.

Texas will be looking to build on its 2016-17 season in which it finished 25-9 overall, second in the Big 12 and made the Sweet 16 for a third-straight year.