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Katie Stewart, Kierston Deal Secure Penultimate Big 12 Softball Weekly Honors

Oklahoma's Kierston Deal (11) throw a pitch in the sixth inning during a college softball game between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the Missouri Tigers at Norman Regional of NCAA softball tournament at Marita Hynes Field in Norman, Okla., Saturday, May, 20, 2023.

Texas 1B/C Katie Stewart and Oklahoma LHP Kierston Deal were awarded Big 12 honors for Week 12 of the season after standout performances this past weekend.

Stewart, a freshman for the top-ranked Longhorns, was named the Big 12 Player of the Week after leading the league in batting average (.727), hits (8), home runs (3), RBIs (11), total bases (19), on-base percentage (.769) and slugging percentage (1.727) during Week 12.

She helped lead the Longhorns to a 4-0 mark this past week, including a hard-fought series sweep over Iowa State. This is the first time that Stewart has won a weekly Big 12 award this season; however, it’s the seventh time that a Texas underclassman has been selected for the distinction in 2024.


Deal, a sophomore for No. 2 Oklahoma, earned her second consecutive Big 12 Pitcher of the Week honors after a lights-out performance over two appearances last week.

In total, she logged a 0.91 ERA on the week. In Game 2 vs. UCF, Deal went a full 7.0 IP, allowing just two hits and one unearned run in a 2-1 victory for the Sooners. Deal tallied five strikeouts and just one walk in 7.2 IP, allowing just four hits and a .138 batting average to opponents.

Here’s a full list of the Big 12 Softball Players of the Week for 2024, courtesy of a Big 12 press release.

2024 Big 12 Softball Players of the Week

DatePlayer of the WeekPitcher of the Week
Feb. 13Reese Atwood, Texas, C/1B, So.^ Kelly Maxwell, Oklahoma, Gr. 
Feb. 20Kayden Henry, Texas, OF, Fr.^Citlaly Gutierrez, Texas, So.
Feb. 27Reese Atwood, Texas, C/1B, So.^#      Lexi Kilfoyl, Oklahoma State, Gr.*
March 5 Angelina Allen, Iowa State, OF, Jr.    Teagan Kavan, Texas, Fr.
March 12Cydney Sanders, Oklahoma, INF, Jr.^#RyLee Crandall, Baylor, So. 
March 19Tiare Jennings, Oklahoma, INF, Sr.Kelly Maxwell, Oklahoma, Gr.*
March 26Alynah Torres, Oklahoma, UTL, Sr. Teagan Kavan, Texas, Fr.
April 2Jayda Coleman, Oklahoma, OF, Sr.^#Lexi Kilfoyl, Oklahoma State, Gr.*!
April 9Caroline Wang, Oklahoma State, C, Sr.^Estelle Czech, Texas, Sr.*
April 16Ashleigh Griffin, UCF, C, RS-So.Sarah Willis, UCF, Sr. 
April 23Hailey Morrow, BYU, INF/C, So.Kierston Deal, OU, So. 
^Louisville Slugger/NFCA DI Player of the Week
*Wilson/NFCA DI Pitcher of the Week
#D1Softball Player of the Week
!D1Softball Pitcher of the Week
&D1Softball Freshman of the Week

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