Friday’s Free Throws (Number 11): the week’s news on Big 12 women’s athletics

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  • It appeared that the women’s basketball season was going to calm down with softball and track and field fit to take over the headlines. But instead sanctions were slapped on the Baylor Lady Bears this week after ESPN.com’s Jason King reported coach Kim Mulkey had improper contact with Brittney Griner and her father during recruiting. ESPN.com’s Mechelle Voepel’s explains why Baylor needed to be more careful while recruiting the most imposing player of the women’s college basketball season.
  • A week after hiring Karen Aston as it’s new head coach, the Texas Longhorns look to be on the right path to contending for the Big 12 again. Here’s the Austin American-Stateman’s Kirk Bohls take on how this hire might not only effect Aston’s future as a coach.
  • After an up-and-down season filled with all kinds of emotion, the Oklahoma State Cowgirls got some much deserved recognition last week when it visited the State Capitol. Okstate.com filed this report.
  • In softball news, Oklahoma creamed Oklahoma State last night by the score of 11-1. Here the oudaily.com’s Tobi Nedy’s full story.
  • Kansas’ softball team also had some success this week. The Jayhawks swept the Wichita State Shockers when they came to town on Wednesday. Here’s the University Daily Kansan’s Alec Tilson report on the two-game sweep.

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NOTE: This story will always be from outside the Big 12 women’s athletics.

  • Some positive news coming out of the NCAA Title game. There was a 13 percent rating bump for viewership compared to last year’s game. The USA Today’s Michael Hiestand has all the details.
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Friday’s Free Throws (Number 7): the week’s news on Big 12 women’s athletics

By Ryan McCarthy

If any readers find other interesting stories, please comment and let me know. This week I’m expanding out to other sports a little bit since basketball is starting to wind down.

  • The Baylor (32-0) continued its dominance of the Big 12 on Thursday in the Women’s Basketball Tournament Quarterfinals in Kansas City, Mo. The Lady Bears dismantled the Red Raiders of Texas Tech 72-48. Here’s the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s take on the game.
  • The Kansas City Star’s Randy Covtiz explains how Texas A&M (21-9) defeated Kansas (19-12) 78-63 despite missing their star guard and Kansas City native Tyra White. The Jayhawks are squarely on the bubble going into Monday’s Selection Show.
  • An interesting multimedia piece from soonersports.com about the five things to watch out for from the Oklahoma during the Big 12 Tournament. The Sooners are set to square off against the Aggies tonight at Municipal Auditorium at 2:30 p.m. The game can be seen on Fox Sports Network (FSN).
  • Softball season is in full swing. Here’s a recap of the Texas Longhorns sneaking by the Texas Tech Red Raiders by the score of 2-1, YNN Austin had this video highlight of the game.
  • The University Daily Kansan’s Max Goodwin features the Kansas 4×400-meter relay team as it travels to Boise, Idaho this weekend.

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NOTE: This story will always be from outside the Big 12 women’s athletics.

  • ESPN.com’s Graham Hays and Mechelle Voepel debate who should be Player of the Year and the All-Americans for women’s college basketball.