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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  • 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 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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  • 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.