Mar 31, 2013; Norfolk, VA, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Skylar Diggins (4) dribbles the ball as Kansas Jayhawks guard Angel Goodrich (3) defends in the second half during the semifinals of the Norfolk regional in the 2013 NCAA womens basketball tournament at Ted Constant Convocation Center. The Fighting Irish won 93-63. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Big 12 Women End Season As Top Conference In RPI

For the Big 12 men, the 2012-13 basketball season was a down year in terms of comparative strength with other top conferences arcross the college basketball landscape. That was not the story with the women, though, wh0 ended the season as the top NCAA Division I conference in women’s basketball.

Eight Big 12 women’s teams ended the season ranked in the top 62 in the final NCAA women’s basketball Ratings Percentage Index (RPI). Baylor, ranked No. 1 all season until lsoing to Louisville in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Women’s Tournament, had the highest RPI ranking in the country. The 2012 national champions, led by National Player of the Year Britany Griner, ended the year with a record of 32-1 and a perfect 21-0 against Big 12 opponents.

Iowa State was the next highest ranked team, according to RPI, ranked eighth, followed by Oklahoma (30), Oklahoma State (38), Texas Tech (48), West Virginia (53), Kansas (56) and Kansas State (62).

Seven Big 12 women’s teams made the NCAA Tournament field this past season (Baylor, Iowa State, Oklahoma,  Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, West Virginia and Kansas) and  Baylor, Oklahoma and Kansas advanced to the regional semifinals. In addition, Kansas State appeared in the postseason Women’s National Invitation Tournament. The Wildcats won there first three games before losing at home to Utah in the tournament semifinals.

Other notable achievements by the Big 12 in women’s basketball in 2012-13:

The Big 12 is the only conference in which every women’s team was in the top 53 of the Collegiate Basketball News strength of schedule rankings.

The Big 12 led the nation in nonconference win percentage (.774) for the third consecutive year. Big 12 schools won 87 percent of their home games against nonconference opponents, recording a combined record of 67-10.

Every Big 12 team finished the season with a winning record against nonconference teams for the sixth consecutive year.

Eight Big 12 women players were selected in the 2013 WNBA Draft held on Monday. Baylor’s Griner was the No. 1 selection overall, taken by the Phoenix Mercury.

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