The Future: Big 12 Conference

Latricia Lovings (21)

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. takes a closer look at the potential of the Horned Frogs in their second year in the Big 12.

During the next several weeks, will break down the TCU women's basketball program, while also taking a look back at this past season.

The Big 12 Conference
With seven NCAA Championship bids and one in the WNIT, the Big 12 led the country with 80 percent of its teams in postseason play. The conference was also the only league to place 70 percent of its teams in the NCAA Championship. Just one league had more than the Big 12's seven bids. 2013 marks the second straight year for the Big 12 to lead the nation in percentage of teams in postseason and in the NCAA Tournament.

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
With the Big 12 having a nation-leading eight selections in the 2013 WNBA Draft last night, including the No. 1 overall pick, several teams will be looking at new players to step up during the 2013-14 campaign. With TCU returning every starter off one of the youngest teams in the NCAA this season, the Frogs have the potential to take a sizable jump in the conference standings 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.



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