There were plenty of successes during the 2018-19 Big 12 Women’s Basketball season including the Big 12 capturing its fourth NCAA Championship title since 2005.
Below are a list of achievements:
- Top-seeded Baylor won the 2019 NCAA National Championship with an 82-81 victory over Notre Dame. BU advanced to its third NCAA National Championship game after collecting a 72-67 win over No. 2 Oregon. The Lady Bears are now 3-0 in national title games, winning the championship in 2005, 2012 and 2019.
- The Big 12 is 4-1 in National Championship games since its first appearance in the title game in 2002. The Conference is 4-0 in its last four appearances.
- The Big 12 is the only conference that had teams play in the men’s and women’s Final Fours, and the NIT and WNIT semifinals in 2019.
- The Lady Bears are the ninth Big 12 team to reach the Final Four since 2002.
- Sixty percent of the Big 12 reached the postseason. Four teams earned bids to the NCAA Championship (Baylor, Iowa State, K-State and Texas), while two others (TCU and West Virginia) played in the Postseason WNIT.
- The Big 12 (7-3) tied the Pac-12 (14-6) with a .700 winning percentage in the NCAA Championship.
- For a second-consecutive season, TCU reached the WNIT Semifinal. TCU fell to eventual WNIT Champion Arizona in the semis. Thirteen Big 12 teams have reached the WNIT semifinals since the inception of the postseason tournament in 1998.
- Including this year’s selections, the Big 12 has 136 appearances in the NCAA Championship and 46 in the WNIT for a total of 182 postseason bids since inception in 1996-97. Six or more teams have reached the postseason every year since the league began in 1996-97.
- The Big 12’s non-conference winning percentage of .786 (103-28) was the second-best in the nation. The Conference ranked No. 3 in RPI.
- The Big 12 was one of only two conferences to have 60 percent or more of its teams win 20-plus games.
- Baylor’s Kim Mulkey was tabbed the National Coach of the Year by the AP, USBWA and WBCA.
- Baylor’s Lauren Cox was named the Elite 90 Award winner for the 2019 Women’s Final Four. The Elite 90 is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average participating at the finals site for each of the NCAA’s 90 championships.
- Three Big 12 standouts earned All-America recognition. Baylor’s Kalani Brown garnered All-America Second Team honors from the Associated Press and USBWA. Lady Bear Lauren Cox, the two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, was a second team honoree from the AP and a third team selection from the USBWA. Iowa State’s Bridget Carleton, the Big 12 Player of the Year, earned second team recognition from the AP and third team from the USBWA. Additionally, Brown, Carleton and Cox earned WBCA All-America status.
- K-State’s Peyton Williams was selected as the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The junior is a double major in anthropology and international studies with a 3.922 GPA.
- Iowa State’s Bridget Carleton won the Cheryl Miller Award. The award honors the best small forward in NCAA Division I as announced by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and the WBCA. Upon earning the award, Carleton was also named to the Naismith Starting 5.
- In the last 10 seasons, only twice has the Big 12 had five teams reach the 10-win plateau in conference play. The league had six teams finish with double-digit wins (Baylor 18-0, Iowa State 13-5, Texas 12-6, West Virginia 11-7, K-State 11-7, and TCU 10-8). This is only the second time ever and the first since the 1997-98 season, when the Conference had 12 teams.
- Three Big 12 standouts were selected in the 2019 WNBA Draft. Baylor’s Kalani Brown was drafted No. 7 overall by the Los Angeles Sparks. Lady Bear guard Chloe Jackson was selected by the Chicago Sky at No. 15 in the second round, followed by Iowa State’s Bridget Carleton at No. 21 by the Connecticut Sun. The Conference’s all-time total draft picks is now 116 in the 23-year history of the professional league.
- Baylor established the Big 12 single-season record in three categories: assists (850), assists average (22.4 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.70). Iowa State’s 303 three-point field goals were second-most in league history, trailing K-State’s record of 325 makes set in 2013.