Like the Big 12 men, four women’s teams from the conference survived their opening game and have moved into the round of 32, beginning Monday night.
The conference’s two lowest-seeded NCAA Tournament teams fell by the wayside in first-round action. Tenth-seeded Oklahoma scored 100 points but lost to its seventh-seeded opponent, DePaul, which scored 104. And Iowa State, a seven seed, couldn’t ever get it going and was defeated on Saturday by 10th-seeded Florida State, which won its opening NCAA Tournament game for the 11 consecutive time.
The Baylor Lady Bears (30-4) defeated Western Kentucky on Saturday behind guard Odyssey Sims and forward Nina Davis, who between them combines for 63 of the Lady Bears’ 87 total points. Baylor will be at home for a second straight game on Monday and face seventh-seeded California, which just got by Fordham, 64-63, in its opening game. California is 22-9.
In many ways, Oklahoma State (24-8) was lucky to be moving on in the tournament. The Lady Cowgirls came from behind in regulation to force overtime with No. 5 seed Florida Gulf Coast on Saturday, and then got a game-winning shot from senior guard Tiffany Bias to pull out the first-round win by a single point. Next up is the host school, fourth-seeded Purdue (22-8) on Monday.
Texas and West Virginia won their opening-round games on Sunday: the Lady Longhorns (22-11) were down 32-17 late in the first half against Penn on Sunday and trailed 38-31 at the half, but stormed back with a 48-23 second-half performance to win going away, 79-61.
Texas’ next opponent is No. 4 Maryland, another team that has the advantage of getting to play its first- and second-round games on its home court. That game will be played on Tuesday. Maryland eliminated the 13th-seeded U.S. Military Academy by 38 points in the first round.
West Virginia (30-4), the co-champions of the conference this season along with Baylor, was an easy winner on Sunday over 15-seeded Albany. The Lady Mountaineers now move to the second round, where they will go up against No. 7 LSU, a 20-point winner over lower-seeded Georgia Tech on Sunday.
The Big 12 women are hoping for a better outcome in their second-round games than the men did. Of the four men’s teams from the conference that advanced to play a second tournament game, only two are moving on: No. 6 seed Baylor and No. 3 seed Iowa State