The Future: Big 12 Conference
April 16, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's basketball program posted victories over nationally ranked Iowa State and Oklahoma State during league play this past season. GoFrogs.com takes a closer look at the potential of the Horned Frogs in their second year in the Big 12.
During the next several weeks, GoFrogs.com will break down the TCU women's basketball program, while also taking a look back at this past season.
The Big 12 Conference
In all, the Big 12, who concluded the season No. 1 in conference RPI, was the only conference with every team in the top-53 of the final Collegiate Basketball News' strength of schedule. The Big 12 also led the nation in non-conference winning percentage for a third-straight year.
Conference Wide Open Next Season
The Purple and White appear to be in good shape moving forward with such a young squad returning. TCU, who has made nine NCAA Tournament appearances in 13 years, saw several leads slip away late in games this season, including over both Oklahoma and Kansas, who made the Sweet 16. With several of the younger players like Honorable Mention All-Big 12 honoree and true freshman Zahna Medley playing a majority of the minutes this past year, the Frogs should drastically improve next season following a year of experience.
If history suggests anything within the Big 12, the Frogs could easily play their way right back into being a perennial NCAA Tournament participant no matter what their conference record looks like a year from now as eight Big 12 teams have played in the field since 2001 with a conference record below .500. Considering that the seventh-place team in the final Big 12 standings played in the semifinals of the WNIT, while the sixth-place team made it all the way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, the Frogs have the potential and returning players to really make some noise on the hardwood.