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.

Friday’s Free Throws (Number 10): 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.

  • Women’s basketball history was made on Tuesday when the Baylor polished off the first 40-win season ever. Here’s ESPN.com’s Mechelle Voepel’s take on the finish to a great season for the Lady Bears.
  • The excellent news did not end for Baylor. Here’s a readout of President Obama’s call with Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey by hoopfeed.com.
  • Other big news for the week consisted of the Texas finding a replacement for Gail Goestenkors. The Longhorns dubbed Karen Aston from North Texas as the new leader of the women’s program. The Austin American-Statesman’s Suzanne Halliburton breaks down Aston’s new contract.
  • Gofrogs.com announced on Wednesday that Tony Haut will be leaving TCU to join her husband in Ohio, who is currently an assistant coach at Kent State.

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

  • I’m giving out a little dab to some Kansas professors who put together a great piece for the New York TImes. Here’s James K. Gentry and Raquel Meyer Alexander’s analysis on the pay discrepancy between women’s and men’s basketball coaches.