WVU’s Women’s Team Among Seven From Big 12 Headed To Postseason
Seven Big 12 women’s basketball teams were selected to compete in postseason play with four in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship and three in the WNIT.
This is the ninth-consecutive year in which at least 70 percent of Big 12 teams have extended their season.
Top-seeded Baylor earned the Conference’s automatic bid into the NCAA field after winning the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship. The Lady Bears, who also won their eighth-consecutive regular season title, are making their fifth appearance as a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Joining Baylor in the NCAA Championship are: No. 2 seed Texas, No. 9 seed Oklahoma State and No. 12 seed Oklahoma. The Lady Bears and the Longhorns will host first and second round games.
TCU is the Big 12’s automatic qualifier in the WNIT, while K-State and West Virginia will also participate in the tournament. First round matchups will be announced late Monday evening.
Including this year’s selections, the Big 12 has 132 appearances in the NCAA Championship and 44 in the WNIT for a total of 176 postseason bids since inception in 1996-97.
Big 12’s NCAA Tournament First Round Matchups
Friday, March 16
No. 12 Oklahoma vs. No. 5 DePaul in College Station, Texas (ESPN2), 11:00 a.m. CT
No. 15 Grambling at No. 2 Baylor* in Waco, Texas (ESPN2), 6:30 p.m. CT
Saturday, March 17
No. 9 Oklahoma State vs. No. 8 Syracuse in Starkville, Miss. (ESPN2), 2:30 p.m. CT
No. 15 Maine at No. 2 Texas in Austin, Texas (ESPN2), 5:00 p.m. CT
Big 12’s WNIT First Round Matchups
St. Louis at K-State – Thursday, March 15
Lamar at TCU – Thursday, March 15
Bucknell at West Virginia – Thursday, March 15
Big 12 Notes
For the ninth consecutive year, seven Big 12 teams have reached the postseason. Four teams will compete in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, while three others will participate in the WNIT.
* Big 12 regular-season and postseason champion Baylor earned a No. 2-seed in the Lexington regional, while Texas also received a No. 2-seed in the Kansas City regional. Other at-large berths included No. 9 Oklahoma State and No. 12 Oklahoma.
* TCU earned the Big 12’s automatic berth to the WNIT, while K-State and West Virginia received at-large selections to the tournament.
* Baylor took home three individual awards to highlight the 2017-18 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Women’s Basketball Awards. Kim Mulkey was named the Coach of the Year for the sixth time since 2005, after guiding her team to an undefeated conference season. Junior center Kalani Brown was selected as Player of the Year, while sophomore forward Lauren Cox was tabbed as Defensive Player of the Year. Loryn Goodwin (Oklahoma State) earned Newcomer of the Year honors, while Amy Okonkwo (TCU) earned the Sixth Man Award. Shaina Pellington (Oklahoma) was named the 2018 Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
* Baylor became the fifth team to finish the Big 12 regular season undefeated to claim its eighth consecutive regular-season title. BU previously went undefeated in league play in 2011-12 and 2012-13.
* The Lady Bears won their ninth Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament Championship with a 77-69 win over No. 2 Texas. Kalani Brown was named the Most Outstanding Player, while Lauren Cox and Alexis Morris also earned All-Tournament Team recognition. Texas’ Ariel Atkins and Brooke McCarty were also named to the All-Tournament Team.