2012–13 NCAA Division I women's basketball season

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The 2012–13 NCAA Division I women's basketball season began in November and will end with the Final Four in New Orleans, April 7–9.

Season headlines[edit]

Milestones and records[edit]

Conference membership changes[edit]

The 2012–13 season saw the second wave of membership changes resulting from a major realignment of NCAA Division I conferences. The cycle began in 2010 with the Big Ten and the then-Pac-10 publicly announcing their intentions to expand. The fallout from these conferences' moves later affected a majority of D-I conferences.

In addition, two schools are moving from Division II starting this season. These schools will be ineligible for NCAA-sponsored postseason play until completing their D-I transitions in 2016. Finally, one school that had announced a transition to Division II, New Orleans, announced that it would halt its transition and remain in Division I.

School Former Conference New Conference
Belmont Bruins A-Sun OVC
Butler Bulldogs Horizon League Atlantic 10
Denver Pioneers Sun Belt WAC
Fresno State Bulldogs WAC Mountain West
Hawaiʻi Rainbow Wahine WAC Big West
Longwood Lancers Independent Big South
Missouri Tigers Big 12 SEC
Nebraska–Omaha Mavericks MIAA (D-II) Summit League
Nevada Wolf Pack WAC Mountain West
New Orleans Privateers Division II independent Division I independent
North Dakota Fighting Sioux Great West Big Sky
Northern Kentucky Norse GLVC (D-II) A-Sun
Oral Roberts Golden Eagles Summit League Southland
Seattle Redhawks Independent WAC
Southern Utah Thunderbirds Summit League Big Sky
TCU Lady Frogs Mountain West Big 12
Texas A&M Aggies Big 12 SEC
Texas State Bobcats Southland WAC
UT Arlington Mavericks Southland WAC
UTSA Roadrunners Southland WAC
VCU Rams CAA Atlantic 10
West Virginia Mountaineers Big East Big 12

New arenas[edit]

Major rule changes[edit]

  • There is now unlimited contact, including text messaging, allowed between college coaches and a prospective player in high school and junior college recruiting.[5]

Season outlook[edit]

Pre-season polls[edit]

The top 25 from the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls.

Associated Press[6]
Ranking Team
1 Baylor (40)
2 Connecticut
3 Duke
4 Stanford
5 Maryland
6 Kentucky
7 Notre Dame
8 Penn State
9 Louisville
10 Georgia
11 Delaware
12 Oklahoma
13 California
14 St. John's
15 Texas A&M
16 Vanderbilt
17 West Virginia
18 Nebraska
19 Ohio State
20 Tennessee
21 Purdue
22 Georgia Tech
23 Oklahoma State
24 Miami (FL)
25 DePaul
ESPN/USA Today Coaches[6]
Ranking Team
1 Baylor (31)
2 Connecticut
3 Duke
4 Stanford
5 Maryland
6 Notre Dame
7 Kentucky
8 Penn State
9 Louisville
10 Delaware
11 Georgia
12 Texas A&M
13 St. John's
14 Oklahoma
15 California
16 Tennessee
17 Vanderbilt
18 Purdue
19 Nebraska
20 Georgia Tech
21 Ohio State
22 West Virginia
23 Miami (FL)
24 Oklahoma State
25 Green Bayт
Kansasт

Regular season[edit]

A number of early-season tournaments marked the beginning of the college basketball season.

Early-season tournaments[edit]

Conference winners and tournaments[edit]

Thirty athletic conferences each end their regular seasons with a single-elimination tournament. The teams in each conference that win their regular season title are given the number one seed in each tournament. The winners of these tournaments receive automatic invitations to the 2013 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. The Ivy League does not have a conference tournament, instead giving their automatic invitation to their regular season champion. As of 2013, the Great West Conference does not have an automatic bid to the NCAA Men or Women's College Tournament.

Conference Regular
season winner
Conference
Player of the Year
Conference
Coach of the Year
Conference
tournament
Tournament
venue (city)
Tournament
winner
America East Conference Albany 2013 America East Women's Basketball Tournament SEFCU Arena
(Guilderland, NY)
Final at campus site
Atlantic 10 Conference Dayton 2013 Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Tournament Hagan Arena
(Philadelphia, PA)
Final at Barclays Center
(Brooklyn, NY)
Atlantic Coast Conference Duke 2013 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament Greensboro Coliseum
(Greensboro, NC)
Duke
Atlantic Sun Conference Florida Gulf Coast 2013 Atlantic Sun Women's Basketball Tournament University Center
(Macon, GA)
Stetson
Big 12 Conference Baylor Brittney Griner, Baylor[7] Kim Mulkey, Baylor[7] 2013 Big 12 Women's Basketball Tournament American Airlines Center
(Dallas, TX)
Big East Conference Notre Dame Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame[8] Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame[8] 2013 Big East Women's Basketball Tournament XL Center
(Hartford, CT)
Big Sky Conference Montana 2013 Big Sky Conference Women's Basketball Tournament At regular season champion
Big South Conference Liberty 2013 Big South Conference Women's Basketball Tournament HTC Center
(Conway, SC)
Liberty
Big Ten Conference Penn State 2013 Big Ten Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Sears Centre
(Hoffman Estates, IL)
Purdue
Big West Conference Pacific 2013 Big West Conference Women's Basketball Tournament First round and quarterfinals:
Bren Events Center
(Irvine, CA)
Semifinals and final:
Honda Center
(Anaheim, CA)
Colonial Athletic Association Delaware Elena Delle Donne, Delaware[9] 2013 CAA Women's Basketball Tournament The Show Place Arena
(Upper Marlboro, MD)
Conference USA SMU 2013 Conference USA Women's Basketball Tournament Tulsa, OK
First round and quarterfinals:
Tulsa Convention Center
Semifinals and final:
BOK Center
Great West Conference Utah Valley 2013 Great West Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Emil and Patricia Jones Convocation Center
Chicago, IL
Horizon League Green Bay 2013 Horizon League Women's Basketball Tournament First round at campus sites
Quarterfinals and semifinals at top seed
Final at top remaining seed
Independent Cal State Bakersfield No tournament
Ivy League Princeton No tournament
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Marist 2013 MAAC Women's Basketball Tournament MassMutual Center
(Springfield, MA)
Marist
Mid-American Conference Akron (East)
Toledo (West)
2013 Mid-American Conference Women's Basketball Tournament First round at campus sites
Remainder at Quicken Loans Arena
(Cleveland, OH)
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hampton 2013 MEAC Women's Basketball Tournament Norfolk Scope
(Norfolk, VA)
Missouri Valley Conference Creighton & Wichita State 2013 Missouri Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament The Family Arena
(St. Charles, MO)
Mountain West Conference San Diego State 2013 Mountain West Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Thomas & Mack Center
(Paradise, NV)
Northeast Conference Quinnipiac 2013 Northeast Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites
Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Illinois (East)
Tennessee Tech (West)
2013 Ohio Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Nashville Municipal Auditorium
(Nashville, TN)
Tennessee–Martin
Pacific-12 Conference Stanford & California 2013 Pacific-12 Conference Women's Basketball Tournament KeyArena
(Seattle, WA)
Stanford
Patriot League Army & Navy 2013 Patriot League Women's Basketball Tournament Campus Sites
Southeastern Conference Tennessee A'dia Mathies, Kentucky & Meighan Simmons, Tennessee[10] Holly Warlick, Tennessee[10] 2013 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament Arena at Gwinnett Center
(Duluth, GA)
Texas A&M
Southern Conference Chattanooga 2013 Southern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Asheville, NC
First round and quarterfinals:
Kimmel Arena
Semifinals and final:
U.S. Cellular Center
Chattanooga
Southland Conference Oral Roberts & Sam Houston State 2013 Southland Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Leonard E. Merrell Center
(Katy, TX)
Southwestern Athletic Conference Mississippi Valley State & Southern[11] 2013 SWAC Women's Basketball Tournament Curtis Culwell Center
(Garland, TX)
The Summit League South Dakota State 2013 The Summit League Women's Basketball Tournament Sioux Falls Arena
(Sioux Falls, SD)
Sun Belt Conference Middle Tennessee (East)
Arkansas–Little Rock (West)
2013 Sun Belt Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Summit Arena
(Hot Springs, AR)
Middle Tennessee
West Coast Conference Gonzaga Taelor Karr, Gonzaga[12] Kelly Graves, Gonzaga[12] 2013 West Coast Conference Women's Basketball Tournament Orleans Arena
(Paradise, NV)
Western Athletic Conference Seattle 2013 WAC Women's Basketball Tournament Orleans Arena
(Paradise, NV)

Statistical leaders[edit]

Postseason tournaments[edit]

NCAA tournament[edit]

Final Four – New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana[edit]

National Semifinals
April 7
National Championship Game
April 9
           
OKC 5 Louisville 64
SPK 2 California 57
OKC 5 Louisville 60
BRP 1 Connecticut 93
NRF 1 Notre Dame 65
BRP 1 Connecticut 83

Tournament upsets[edit]

For this list, a "major upset" is defined as a win by a team seeded 7 or more spots below its defeated opponent.

Date Winner Score Loser

Women's National Invitation tournament[edit]

After the NCAA Tournament field is announced, 64 teams were invited to participate in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The tournament began on March 20, 2013, and ended with the final on April 6. Unlike the men's National Invitation Tournament, whose semifinals and finals are held at Madison Square Garden, the WNIT holds all of its games at campus sites.

WNIT Semifinals and Final[edit]

Played at campus sites

Semifinals
April 3
Championship Game
April 6
           
1 Utah 54OT
4 Kansas State 46
Utah 43
Drexel 46
3 Drexel 67
2 Florida 57

Award winners[edit]

Consensus All-American teams[edit]

The following players are recognized as the 2013 Consensus All-Americans:

Consensus First Team
Player Position Class Team


Consensus Second Team
Player Position Class Team

Major player of the year awards[edit]

Major freshman of the year awards[edit]

Major coach of the year awards[edit]

Other major awards[edit]

Coaching changes[edit]

A number of teams changed coaches during and after the season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Preseason Women's All-America List". Fox News. October 30, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ It’s Official: An Exodus Will Redraw the Big East, accessed December 16, 2012
  3. ^ McMurphy, Brett; Katz, Andy; O'Neil, Dana (February 28, 2013). "Sources: Xavier, Butler also joining". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 1, 2013. 
  4. ^ McMurphy, Brett; Katz, Andy (March 8, 2013). "Catholic 7 departing June 30". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 8, 2013. 
  5. ^ NCAA changes July recruiting period, accessed October 12, 2012
  6. ^ a b "2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Rankings – AP Top 25 Preseason". ESPN. November 5, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "2012-13 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Women's Basketball Awards" (Press release). Big 12 Conference. March 7, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ a b "Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins Named BIG EAST Player of the Year for the Second Straight Year" (Press release). Big East Conference. March 8, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Delaware's Delle Donne Earns Third CAA Player of the Year Honor in 2013" (Press release). Colonial Athletic Association. March 13, 2013. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "2012–13 SEC Women's Basketball: Week 18" (PDF) (Press release). Southeastern Conference. March 3, 2013. p. 10. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  11. ^ Texas Southern had the league's best record, but was not recognized as regular-season champion because of major NCAA sanctions.
  12. ^ a b "West Coast Conference Announces 2013 Women's Basketball All-Conference Team" (Press release). West Coast Conference. March 5, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Brittney Griner earns AP honor". ESPN.com. April 7, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Muffet McGraw named top coach". ESPN.com. April 6, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Delaware's Elena Delle Donne, Ohio State's Aaron Craft top Capital One Academic All-America® Division I Basketball Teams". College Sports Information Directors of America. 2013-02-21. Retrieved 2013-02-21.