It may not have gone so well for the Big 12 men’s teams not named Kansas in this year’s NCAA Tournament, but the same cannot be said about the conference teams representing the women’s side of the same tournament. Seven of the Big 12′s 10 member institutions sent teams to the 2013 NCAA Women’s Tournament, which began play on Saturday, and five of the teams successfully advanced after first-round victories.
The Baylor Lady Bears (33-1), Big 12 champions and the No. 1 overall seed in the tournment, had the easiest time of it in the opening round, disposing of 16-seed Prairie View by 42 points. Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Kansas also came out winners in their opening tournament games. Texas Tech, a seven seed, and West Virginia, an 11 seed, weren’t so fortunate. Kansas, a 12 seed, is the lowest seeded team still alive in the tournament after pulling off a 15-point upset of five-seed and former Big 12 foe Colorado on the Buffaloes home floor.
Led by the best player in women’s college basketball, Brittney Griner, Baylor has lost one game in two years and is looling to defend its 2012-13 NCAA title. Second-round action has No. 5 Iowa State (24-8) vs. No. 4 Georgia in Spokane, Wash., No. 6 Oklahoma (23-10) and No. 3 UCLA in Columbus, Ohio, Baylor and No. 8 Florida State in Waco, Texas, Kansas (19-13) and fourth-seed South Carolina in Boulder, Colo., and seven-seed Oklahoma State (22-10) taking on the two-seed in the Norfolk Region, Duke, in Durham, N.C.
The Women’s Final Four will be held April 7-9 in New Orleans.