Friday’s Free Throws (Number 13): the week’s news on Big 12 women’s athletics

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  • With the women’s basketball season winding down, movement starts to happen on coaching staffs across the country. The Kansas Jayhawks are no exception as Aqua Franklin and Tory Verdi both have taken new jobs. Franklin accepted a job at Texas A&M, while Verdi took the head coaching position at Eastern Michigan. Here’s WIBIW’s story on Verdi’s departure.
  • In other Kansas news, senior Aishah Sutherland will have a chance at making a WNBA squad. Here’s the University Daily Kansan’s Kathleen Gier’s story on when the Perris, Calf. native will try out with the Atlanta Dream this weekend.
  • Not only are coaches on the move, but so are players. Jason Kersey of the Oklahoman talks about three players transferring from Oklahoma State, including Jenni Bryan to another in-state school, Oral Roberts.
  • The women’s national team took a big hit when Baylor’s junior post Brittney Griner decided not to play for the U.S women’s team in London this summer. Here’s a link to the Associated Press article.

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  • The Kangaroos of University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) found a new coach for their women’s basketball program this week. Umkckangaroos.com introduces Marsha Frese.

Friday’s Free Throws (Number 8): the week’s news on Big 12 women’s athletics

By Ryan McCarthy

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  • The Kansas Jayhawks making its first trip to the NCAA was a surprise to most people in the women’s basketball world. Now they face a familiar foe in the Nebraska in the first round of the tournament. Here’s a link the Omaha World-Herald’s  San McKewon’s piece on how the Huskers came together as team.
  • ESPN W writer Kate Fagan dives into the question everyone wants to know about Baylor and Brittney Griner.
  • OU’s Nicole Griffin catches up with the Oklahoman’s Jenni Carlson on how the season has gone for the Sooners.
  • Although the season ended for the Missouri at the Big 12 Tournament, the Tigers took some major strides in developing their program. Here’s the Columbia Missourian’s Matt Beezley piece on the season.
  • Rick Cantu of the Austin American-Stateman dissects Texas’ difficulties down the stretch. Now the team tries to regroup before their first round game.

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

  • Keeping your men’s bracket straight is hard enough. If you want to keep up with everything that’s happening on the women’s, check out NCAA.com page.