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Midseason report card: Big 12 women's basketball


Posted: December 31, 2012 - 7:35pm  |  Updated: January 1, 2013 - 1:10am
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Kansas' Angel Goodrich, center, drives between California's Afure Jemerigbe, left, and Brittany Boyd in the first half of a Dec. 21 game in Berkeley, Calif.  Dino Vournas
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Kansas' Angel Goodrich, center, drives between California's Afure Jemerigbe, left, and Brittany Boyd in the first half of a Dec. 21 game in Berkeley, Calif.
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Big 12 Conference play begins Wednesday for all 10 league teams, and the conference is fighting to maintain its grasp as the strongest in the nation through non-conference play.

Some teams have performed well. Others have faltered. The Avalanche-Journal has handed out mid-season report cards to all the teams. Here’s a look at which teams made the dean’s list, and which are in danger of double-secret probation:


Record: 10-1

AP Ranking: 2

Best win: 73-61 at No. 5 Notre Dame

Worst loss: 71-69 vs. No. 4 Stanford

Grade: A+

Explanation: There is absolutely nothing wrong with losing by two points to Stanford. Baylor is still the best team in the Big 12 and owns three double-digit wins against top-15 competition. Brittney Griner leads the conference in scoring (20.2 ppg).

Iowa State

Record: 9-1

AP Ranking: 27

Best win: 60-53 vs. Fairfield

Worst loss: 50-42 vs. Iowa

Grade: B+

Explanation: Iowa State probably should have beaten in-state rival Iowa, but it was playing without stud center Chelsea Poppens. Now that Poppens is ready to come back, the Cyclones are poised to sneak back into the top 25. The only bad thing about ISU’s pre-conference slate is lack of marquee wins — a win against Iowa would have granted that.


Record: 10-2

AP Ranking: 21

Best win: 58-48 at Creighton

Worst loss: 64-56 at No. 23 Arkansas

Grade: A-

Explanation: Kansas’ only two losses are to top-25 teams, and they have solid non-conference wins against Creighton and Minnesota. The Jayhawks are just a couple of missed layups away from being undefeated and in the top 10.

Kansas State

Record: 9-3

AP Ranking: N/A

Best win: 67-63 at Charlotte

Worst loss: 52-50 vs. UTEP

Grade: B-

Explanation: A win against UTEP would have been K-State’s best non-conference victory, but the loss gives the Miners a nice resume-building win. The Wildcats were spanked by Notre Dame, as expected, and gave Texas A&M a fight before the Aggies ran away with it. The Wildcats need to find ways to score more points, or they’ll be in a tight race with TCU for the title of worst team in the Big 12.


Record: 10-2

AP Ranking: 17

Best win: 73-70 vs. No. 23 Arkansas

Worst loss: 76-63 vs. Vanderbilt

Grade: B+

Explanation: Oklahoma’s 13-point loss to unranked Vanderbilt cost them an ‘A,’ but the Sooners made up for it with a win against upstart Arkansas earlier this season. Oklahoma will sorely miss Whitney Hand this year, and it showed against the Commodores. Still, Sheri Coale always finds ways to win.

Oklahoma State

Record: 11-0

Ranking: 13

Best win: 80-72 at San Diego State

Worst loss: N/A

Grade: A

Explanation: Oklahoma State hasn’t played against a single power-conference team, but you can’t really punish them for winning all of its games — and leading the Big 12 in scoring along the way — but the Cowgirls may tumble out of the top 25 if they lose their first two Big 12 games. No wins against power-conference teams cost the Cowgirls a perfect grade. They’ll need to go at least .500 in league play to make the tourney.


Record: 7-4

AP Ranking: 38

Best win: 70-60 vs. St. John’s

Worst loss: 73-65 vs. Central Michigan

Grade: C-

Explanation: You can forgive losses to UCLA, Tennessee and even Iowa. You can’t forgive a loss to Central Michigan in Austin this close to Big 12 play. The Longhorns limp into Big 12 play losers of three of their last four. Give Texas credit for playing UCLA and Tennessee, though.


Record: 7-4

AP Ranking: N/A

Best win: 76-70 vs. SMU

Worst loss: 91-80 at Texas State

Grade: D

Explanation: Losses to Charlotte and Texas State might have flown in the Mountain West, but not in the Big 12. The Frogs competed well against No. 10 Georgia in a 13-point loss, but that’s the kind of game they can expect each night in the Big 12. Frogs are in for some growing pains.

Texas Tech

Record: 10-2

AP Ranking: N/A

Best win: 61-49 at Arizona State

Worst loss: 65-61 at New Mexico

Grade: B

Explanation: Getting road wins against power-conference teams is good. Losing to New Mexico is bad. Very bad. The loss to the Lobos knocked the Lady Raiders down a letter grade, but Tech didn’t really have too many chances for any solid non-conference wins. Playing Michigan State on a neutral court should prepare Tech well, and the Lady Raiders have comfortable wins against lesser teams that will compete for conference titles (Nicholls State, Lamar, Southern Utah).

West Virginia

Record: 9-3

AP Ranking: 31

Best win: 60-57 at Boston

Worst loss: 71-63 vs. LSU (neutral site)

Grade: B

Explanation: West Virginia is young, so a couple of early season hiccups are to be expected. The Mountaineers have a nice win at Boston, but became a marquee win for Duquesne when they lost by eight. LSU is not the same team it was a decade ago, but the Mountaineers will bring in a unique style to the Big 12 that could parlay into some big wins.

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Curry-Curry Forever

I figure 6-12 in the league this year. I'll never forget the day that Gerald, based on a conference record of 19-41, gave Curry-Curry a brand new trillion dollar deal.

If you'll look at the team photos of our winning teams and compare them to the team photos of Curry-Curry teams, you will note the problem.



They dropped a letter grade because of the NM loss?? They should have been given an F for their exibition schedule. They'll have this F when the season is over. Either TCU or Tech is going to finish last; betting on Tech.


typical cynicism by arm chair QB's

Addressing comments specifically by the colossally misguided "Facts" bozo, the problem is most certainly not Coach Curry.

The problem is - you're still living in the past, and more importantly, you wholly fail to understand the real reasons why your beloved lesbian coach resigned.

The real fact of the matter is that the game passed Marsha Sharp by. Once the league was no longer high-school competition, Sharp no longer could compete. Specifically, she could not effectively recruit once word got out what she really was like behind the scenes. And when she did have a handful of competitive players on the floor, she was still employing the same coaching style and techniques that she had used for 20 years - very easy to combat by wily new-style coaches.

Simply stated, Sharp was out of her league. She resigned because she knew she could not compete. Period. End of story.

Curry is one of the best coaches around - and an amazing recruiter. Kids love her but more importantly, PARENTS TRUST HER.

She'll be fine.

In the meantime, may I respectfully suggest that you - and other pundits - sit back and enjoy the ride.

Most importantly, SUPPORT THE KIDS.

Your constant complaining does absolutely nothing positive. Nothing. So as John Boehner might say, if you don't have anything positive to say, go (self-censored) yourself.


Ok, timeout 007, let's go over the "facts" in order, ...

... 6 - 12 is an opinion. I notice you didn't have the conviction to state yours (Facts 1, jbage 0).

19 - 41 is something you also failed to address (Facts 2, jbage 0).

Really? A trillion $$$? That's not facts! (jbage 1, Facts 2).

Photos? You didn't provide any photos. Inadmissible as evidence (jbage 2, Facts 2).

Lady Raiders played what, 4 bcs conference teams? And not all at home. Thats got to be at least a C+ to B- compared to many other teams. Yes, it's not what Baylor/UConn/ Tenn/Stanford play but only a handful in the whole country play that schedule.

Okay, the facts are a draw, and witchita wasn't on his game today, but lets give them credit for some adherence to reality. Lesbian? LESBIAN? is your top gun?? AMAZING RECRUITING??? Whatever you're smoking is not legal anywhere, nobody sells Stupid-flavored wackyweed!! And you're closing argument is to quote Boehner, he who RINO's and moderates elected Speaker just to thumb their nose at tea-party patriots!? You wins, hands down, all of our votes for most idiotic post of the year. Equine rectums everywhere are embarrassed you fell out!!!


Curry-Curry Regime hasn't done anything

Show us something above average for an entire season or move on to Texas State.

Best thing from the regime was losing Rian Hiatt as play by play, but I never listen anyway.

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