2012–13 NCAA Division I women's basketball season
|2012–13 NCAA Division I women's basketball season|
|Preseason AP #1||Baylor Lady Bears|
|Tournament dates||March 23 – April 9, 2013|
|National Championship||New Orleans Arena
|NCAA Champions||UConn Huskies|
The 2012–13 NCAA Division I women's basketball season began in November and ended with the Final Four in New Orleans, April 7–9.
- 1 Season headlines
- 2 Conference membership changes
- 3 New arenas
- 4 Major rule changes
- 5 Season outlook
- 6 Regular season
- 7 Postseason tournaments
- 8 Award winners
- 9 Coaching changes
- 10 References
- October 30 – The AP preseason All-American team was named. Three players received all 40 possible votes from the media panel—Baylor center Brittney Griner, Notre Dame point guard Skylar Diggins, and Delaware's multi-positional Elena Delle Donne. They were joined by Stanford power forward Chiney Ogwumike (23 votes), Baylor point guard Odyssey Sims (19), and Maryland power forward Alyssa Thomas (19). Sims and Thomas tied in the voting, creating a sixth spot on the team.
- December 15 – The seven Big East Conference schools that do not sponsor FBS football (DePaul, Georgetown, St. John's, Providence, Villanova, Seton Hall and Marquette, collectively called the "Catholic 7") announced that they would break from the Big East and pursue other conference affiliation. The move leaves Connecticut as the only original Big East member set to remain in the conference.
- February 28 – ESPN reports that the "Catholic 7" will launch their new conference in July 2013, two years ahead of schedule, and will purchase the rights to the "Big East" name from the remaining conference schools. Two Atlantic 10 Conference members, Butler (which had only joined the A10 in July 2012) and Xavier, will reportedly join the new Big East, with Missouri Valley Conference member Creighton also a possibility.
- March 8 – The Big East split is officially announced. As previously reported, the "Catholic 7" will leave on June 30 with the Big East name. As of the announcement, the "Catholic 7" were the only members of the new Big East, but Butler, Xavier, and Creighton were added March 20.
Milestones and records
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Conference membership changes
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.
- Coastal Carolina left behind one of the smallest venues in Division I basketball, Kimbel Arena (seating little over 1,000). The Chanticleers remained on campus at the new HTC Center.
- Troy left its on-campus home, the original Trojan Arena, for a new on-campus venue also named Trojan Arena.
Major rule changes
- There is now unlimited contact, including text messaging, allowed between college coaches and a prospective player in high school and junior college recruiting.
The top 25 from the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls.
A number of early-season tournaments marked the beginning of the college basketball season.
Conference winners and tournaments
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.
Final Four – New Orleans Arena, New Orleans, Louisiana
|National Championship Game
|NRF 1||Notre Dame||65|
For this list, a "major upset" is defined as a win by a team seeded 7 or more spots below its defeated opponent.
Women's National Invitation tournament
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
Played at campus sites
Consensus All-American teams
The following players are recognized as the 2013 Consensus All-Americans:
Major player of the year awards
- Wooden Award:Brittney Griner
- Naismith Award: Brittney Griner
- Associated Press Player of the Year: Brittney Griner, Baylor
- Wade Trophy: Brittney Griner
Major freshman of the year awards
Major coach of the year awards
- Associated Press Coach of the Year: Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame
- Naismith College Coach of the Year: Muffet McGraw
- WBCA National Coach of the Year: Muffet McGraw
Other major awards
- Nancy Lieberman Award (best point guard): Skylar Diggins
- Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award (best senior 5'8"/1.78 m or shorter): Alex Bentley, Penn State
- Senior CLASS Award (top senior): Elena Delle Donne
- Maggie Dixon Award (top first-year head coach): Holly Warlick
- Academic All-American of the Year (Top scholar-athlete): Elena Delle Donne, Delaware
- Elite 89 Award (Top GPA among upperclass players at Final Four): Jude Schimmel, Louisville
A number of teams changed coaches during and after the season.
- "Preseason Women's All-America List". Fox News. October 30, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
- It’s Official: An Exodus Will Redraw the Big East, accessed December 16, 2012
- McMurphy, Brett; Katz, Andy; O'Neil, Dana (February 28, 2013). "Sources: Xavier, Butler also joining". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 1, 2013.
- McMurphy, Brett; Katz, Andy (March 8, 2013). "Catholic 7 departing June 30". ESPN.com. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
- NCAA changes July recruiting period, accessed October 12, 2012
- "2013 NCAA Women's Basketball Rankings – AP Top 25 Preseason". ESPN. November 5, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
- "2012-13 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Women's Basketball Awards" (Press release). Big 12 Conference. March 7, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
- "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.
- "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.
- "2012–13 SEC Women's Basketball: Week 18" (PDF) (Press release). Southeastern Conference. March 3, 2013. p. 10. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
- Texas Southern had the league's best record, but was not recognized as regular-season champion because of major NCAA sanctions.
- "West Coast Conference Announces 2013 Women's Basketball All-Conference Team" (Press release). West Coast Conference. March 5, 2013. Retrieved March 10, 2013.
- "Brittney Griner earns AP honor". ESPN.com. April 7, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- "Muffet McGraw named top coach". ESPN.com. April 6, 2013. Retrieved April 8, 2013.
- "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.