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.

Friday’s Free Throws (Number 4): 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.

  • The Ames Tribune’s Ben Gouldsmith on Iowa State 66-47 win over Kansas on Wednesday night. The Cyclone’s Brynn Willamson was the leading force behind the win with 19 points. This game marked the first for the Jayhawks without junior forward Carolyn Davis. She suffered a torn ACL and a dislocated left knee on Sunday against Kansas State.
  • Gordon Fieldler, Jr., of the Salina Journal reported that the Bicentennial Center’s basketball court will be named after former Salinan and Oklahoma State head women’s basketball coach Kurt Budke. A really nice gesture by the Salina community.
  • On Tuesday, The Texas A&M escaped a trip to Columbia with a 56-52 victory over Missouri. Here’s is aggiesports.com account of the game.
  • Oklahoma’s Aaryn Ellenberg helped lead the Sooners over Kansas State on Wednesday. Ellenberg had 12 points in the second half.

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

  • On the Quad, Kerry Bowden of the New York Times dives into how the Delaware have been such a successful mid-major this season. The Blue Hens are ranked No.12 in the nation and their only loss of the season was to Maryland on Dec. 29.