DALLAS — Big 12 Conference women’s basketball media days runs today from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the American Airlines Center, with plenty of story lines to go around.
Each of the 10 teams will be represented by its respective coach and one to three top players. Texas Tech will have coach Kristy Curry and guards Casey Morris, Monique Smalls and Chynna Brown.
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Big 12 storylines
■ New look conference
It seems every year lately there’s talk of new teams and teams departed, and the 2012-13 season will be no different for women’s hoops. West Virginia comes to the conference from the Big East after finishing fifth in one of the top conferences in the country. The Mountaineers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season, introducing itself to Texas in a first-round win, 68-55. TCU will have its hands full this season as the only current Big 12 member that did not participate in the postseason last year. Also, new Texas coach Karen Aston takes over a program looking to remain relevant in the Big 12 discussion.
■ Griner’s last season
There will be plenty of talk about Baylor in Dallas, not only because the Bears are the reigning national champs after a historical 40-0 campaign, but because phenom center Brittney Griner is finally a senior. Already an almost certain lock for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 WNBA draft, Griner and the Bears will look to repeat. Most teams in the conference have tried — and failed — for three years to stop the Griner-led Bears, with former member Texas A&M and Texas Tech having some of the more publicized success. Can any team dethrone the Bears this season?
■ Best conference in women’s hoops?
The Big 12 boasts nine teams with postseason experience from a year
ago. New member TCU is the only team that did not have some form of a post-conference tournament last year, with seven teams going to the NCAA. Oklahoma State and Tech both accepted invitations to the WNIT, with the Lady Raiders advancing to the third round and Cowgirls winning it all. The only dark mark on last year’s tournament teams from the current Big 12 is that only two of the squads reached beyond the second round (champion Baylor and Sweet 16 member Kansas). Losing Texas A&M hurts, but West Virginia comes in hoping to fill the void. Last-place Missouri also left, but newcomer TCU has made the NCAA Tournament nine times in the last 14 years despite missing out last season.
Media Days schedule
■ 9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. — Baylor
■ 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. — West Virginia
■ 9:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. — TCU
■ 9:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. — Oklahoma
■ 10 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. — Kansas
■ 10:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. — Breakout session (all 10 teams)
■ 11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. — Iowa State
■ 11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. — Texas Tech
■ 11:45 a.m. to noon — Kansas State
■ Noon to 12:15 p.m. — Oklahoma
■ 12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. — Texas
■ Baylor: Coach Kim Mulkey, Brittney Griner, Destiny Williams
■ Iowa State: Coach Bill Fennelly, Chelsea Poppens, Anna Prins
■ Kansas: Coach Bonnie Henrickson, Carolyn Davis, Angel Goodrich
■ Kansas State: Coach Deb Patterson, Brittany Chambers
■ Oklahoma: Coach Sherri Coale, Aaryn Ellenberg, Whitney Hand
■ Oklahoma State: Coach Jim Littell, Tiffany Bias, Lindsey Keller, Toni Young
■ TCU: Coach Jeff Mittie, Whitney Williams
■ Texas: Coach Karen Aston, Cokie Reed, Chassidy Fussell
■ Texas Tech: Coach Kristy Curry, Casey Morris, Monique Smalls, Chynna Brown
■ West Virginia: Coach Mike Carey, Ayana Dunning, Jess Harlee
Compiled by Tommy Magelssen