Texas Tech senior Missy Owens ensured was selected to the 2018 Preseason All-Big 12 Volleyball Team on Wednesday
Owens, who hails from Yorba Linda, Calif., notched her first preseason accolade of her Red Raider career. As a junior, she was named to the All-Big 12 Second Team, becoming the first Red Raider setter since Lisa Hilgers in 1998 to be placed on an All-Big 12 team.
After transferring from Long Beach State, Owens earned her way into the starting lineup. She was one of four setters from around the Big 12 to notch more than 10.00 assists per set, netting 10.79 for the year and 10.69 during conference play.
Owens also improved Texas Tech's attack, which tallied one kill more per set and also upped its team hitting percentage by .011 before she entered the starting lineup. She ended the regular season with 1,025 assists, 111 kills and 212 digs. She collected 10 double-doubles, which ranked her second on the team.
This marks the fourth straight year Texas Tech has had a student-athlete chosen to the preseason team. The Big 12 Conference will release its preseason coaches' poll on Thursday.
The Red Raiders are slated to hold their annual Red & Black Scrimmage on Aug. 18. Texas Tech will begin its season August 24-25 by hosting the Red Raider Classic, which features Rice, North Dakota and Northwestern State.
Keenan Evans will play in the NBA, just with a different team.
Evans reportedly agreed Wednesday to a two-way deal with the Detroit Pistons, according to ESPN senior insider Adrian Wojnarowski.
A two-way deal allows a player, with four years of service or less, to take the 16th and 17th roster spots on an NBA team. A player can be paid up to $50,000 for attending an NBA training camp and is guaranteed $75,000 if spending the entire season in the G League on the two-way contract. But the amount can increase up to $275,000 depending on days spent in the NBA as two-way players are paid 1/170th of the rookie minimum contract for each day they are in the NBA.
But, if the player spends more than 45 days in the NBA, they must be cut or converted to a regular contract and terminated from the two-way deal for one of the team's 15 conventional roster spots.
Evans, who led the Red Raiders in scoring by averaging 17.3 points per contest last season, reportedly signed a deal to compete with the Golden State Warriors’ NBA Summer League team last week.