Friday’s Free Throws (Number 6): the week’s news on Big 12 women’s athletics

By Ryan McCarthy

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  • The loss to Oklahoma State on Wednesday was the second dagger for the Kansas’ women’s basketball chances of making the NCAA Tournament. The first came when the team lost to Missouri on Feb. 18. But this one hurts a little more. Jayson Jenks of the Topeka Capital-Journal explains in his game recap.
  • featured the four front-runners for National Player of the Year on its Dishin & Swishin Podcast on Thursday. Baylor’s junior post Brittney Griner was featured in the discussion about the NCAA upcoming postseason, and her chances of taking home the coveted award of best player in the country.
  • Earlier this week Iowa State and Kansas State were in battle for the No. 4 seed in the Big 12 women’s tournament. The Cyclones prevailed with a dominating 57-33 win over the Wildcats on Wednesday night.
  • An interesting column by Kirk Bohls of the Austin Statesman about Texas A&M coach Gary Blair retirement and his contributions to women’s basketball over the past 40 years.
  • Oklahoma secured an important road win on Wednesday by handing Texas Tech its fifth consecutive loss. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal’s David Just  on what went wrong on the Red Raiders Senior Night.

And One…

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

  • It’s been six weeks on this posting and I’ve yet to mention UConn women’s basketball which I think’s pretty impressive. In that case here is blog post by John Altavilla of the Hartford Courant about Geno Auriemma’s reaction to the Huskies losing the outright Big East title to Notre Dame on Monday.