Women's Basketball Week 12 Notes
January 20, 2014INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Parity is apparent in the Big 12 from the top to the bottom of the standings as 9-of-10 teams have at least two conference victories and three teams have just one league loss.
The Big 12 opened the conference season with road teams winning seven of the first eight matchups. Home teams have now taken the edge at 17-12 after winning all five games over the Jan. 18-19 weekend.
Six Conference teams are in the top 59 in the NCAA RPI with five of those in the top 33.
Baylor’s Big 12-record 44 straight regular-season league game and 53-game Big 12 overall win streaks ended Jan. 19. The current win streak is four-consecutive by Oklahoma State.
Forty percent of Big 12 teams are rated in the top 20 of the Jan. 20 AP Poll with West Virginia jumping from unranked to No. 18 - the Mountaineers’ first ranking of the season.
Sixty percent of Big 12 teams are rated in the top 57 for strength of schedule.
The Conference is second among all leagues in rebounding average (41.94) and fourth in scoring (72.93). Forty percent of Big 12 teams are in the top 25 for rebounding margin.
Every Big 12 team completed the non-conference portion of its schedule with a winning record for the seventh consecutive season. Four teams finished non-league play with 10-or-more victories.
The Conference wrapped up non-league play with an 89-28 record (.761).
This week’s Big 12 Women’s Basketball Podcast features Texas coach Karen Aston and a student-athlete. It will be posted for download and listening on Friday at Big12Sports.com.
Chelsea Gardner (Kansas) picked up her second Big 12 Women’s Basketball Player of the Week honor of the season while Leticia Romero (K-State) earned her second Freshman of the Week award.
Tickets for the 2014 Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship are on sale through Ticketmaster outlets and the Chesapeake Energy Arena box office.