Three Big 12 Conference teams remain in the 2011 NCAA Soccer Championship. Baylor, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M will be in action on Friday for the second round of the 64-team tournament.
The Big 12 has now advanced at least three teams to the second round of the NCAA Championship in seven of the league's 16 seasons.
On the merits of its No. 2 national seed, Oklahoma State will host Illinois, while Baylor and Texas A&M will travel to neutral sites to face North Carolina and Virginia Tech, respectively.
In first round action, the Cowgirls advanced past Arkansas-Pine Bluff with seven goals in the second half to claim a 9-1 win. The league's automatic bid, Texas A&M, powered past LSU 4-0, while Baylor got its first-ever NCAA win with a 3-0 shutout of Texas State.
The Big 12 is 72-26-3 against non-conference opponents this season, including records of 4-1 against Conference USA opponents, 3-1-1 against the Big Ten and 8-1-1 versus the Pac-12.
This season, the Big 12 has the nation's top scoring offense (Texas A&M, 3.26 goals per game) and the country's best defense (Oklahoma State, .295 goals allowed per game).
Individually, KU's Whitney Berry and TAMU's Beth West are tied for fourth in the nation in total assists with 13. Texas A&M's Kelley Monogue, the Big 12's offensive player of the year, is fifth nationally with 19 goals and 47 points. OSU's Adrianna Franch is second in the country in both goals-against average (.293) and save percentage (.932).
Success at home has translated to overall success for Big 12 teams. The top three teams (Oklahoma State, Texas A&M and Baylor) have a combined 31-2-3 record at home, which has propelled them to a combined 47-8-5 overall mark.