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 ended with the Final Four in New Orleans, April 7–9.

Season headlines[edit]

Milestones and records[edit]

  • January 6, 2014 - Missouri's Morgan Eye hit 11 three-pointers in a game against Auburn, tied for third most three-pointers in a single game (in NCAA history).[5]
  • February 22, 2013 - Saint Peters' Bridget Whitfield hit eight of eight three-point attempts, tied for third most (in NCAA history) without a miss.[6]
  • Baylor's Brittney Griner scored 3,283 points in her career, the third highest career total in NCAA history.[7]
  • Baylor's Brittney Griner recorded more than 2,000 points and 500 rebounds, the only player in NCAA history to reach that milestone.[8]

Coaching wins milestones[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.[13]

Season outlook[edit]

Pre-season polls[edit]

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

'Associated Press'[14]
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[14]
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

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
player of the year
Coach of the Year
venue (city)
America East Conference Albany Ebone Henry,[15] Chantell Alford[16] Katie Abrahamson-Henderson[17] 2013 America East women's basketball tournament SEFCU Arena
(Guilderland, New York)
Final at campus site
Atlantic 10 Conference Dayton Jennifer Hailey, Charlotte[18] Jim Jabir, Dayton[18] 2013 Atlantic 10 women's basketball tournament Hagan Arena
Final at Barclays Center
(Brooklyn, New York)
Saint Joseph's
Atlantic Coast Conference Duke Alyssa Thomas, Maryland (media)[19]
Alyssa Thomas, Maryland & Chelsea Gray, Duke (coaches)[19]
Joanne P. McCallie, Duke (media)[20]
Brenda Frese, Maryland (coaches)[20]
2013 ACC women's basketball tournament Greensboro Coliseum
(Greensboro, North Carolina)
Atlantic Sun Conference Florida Gulf Coast Sarah Hansen, Florida Gulf Coast[21] Karl Smesko, Florida Gulf Coast[21] 2013 Atlantic Sun women's basketball tournament University Center
(Macon, Georgia)
Big 12 Conference Baylor Brittney Griner, Baylor[22] Kim Mulkey, Baylor[22] 2013 Big 12 women's basketball tournament American Airlines Center
Big East Conference Notre Dame Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame[23] Muffet McGraw, Notre Dame[23] 2013 Big East women's basketball tournament XL Center
(Hartford, Connecticut)
Notre Dame
Big Sky Conference Montana Katie Baker, Montana[24] Robin Selvig, Montana[25] 2013 Big Sky Conference women's basketball tournament Dahlberg Arena
(Missoula, Montana)
Big South Conference Liberty Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop[26] Ronny Fisher, Presbyterian[26] 2013 Big South Conference women's basketball tournament HTC Center
(Conway, South Carolina)
Big Ten Conference Penn State Maggie Lucas, Penn State[27] Coquese Washington, Penn State[27] (media)

Connie Yori, Nebraska[28]


2013 Big Ten Conference women's basketball tournament Sears Centre
(Hoffman Estates, Illinois)
Big West Conference Pacific Molly Schlemer, Cal Poly[29] Lynne Roberts, Pacific[30] 2013 Big West Conference women's basketball tournament First round and quarterfinals:
Bren Events Center
(Irvine, California)
Semifinals and final:
Honda Center
(Anaheim, California)
Cal Poly
Colonial Athletic Association Delaware Elena Delle Donne, Delaware[31] Daynia La-Force, Northeastern[31] 2013 CAA women's basketball tournament The Show Place Arena
(Upper Marlboro, Maryland)
Conference USA SMU Keena Mays, SMU[32] Heather Macy, East Carolina[32] 2013 Conference USA women's basketball tournament Tulsa, Oklahoma
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
Horizon League Green Bay Brandi Brown, Youngstown State Bob Boldon, Youngstown State 2013 Horizon League women's basketball tournament First round at campus sites
Quarterfinals and semifinals at top seed
Final at top remaining seed
Green Bay
Independent Cal State Bakersfield No tournament
Ivy League Princeton No tournament
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Marist Damika Martinez, Iona Brian Giorgis, Marist 2013 MAAC women's basketball tournament MassMutual Center
(Springfield, Massachusetts)
Mid-American Conference Akron (East)
Toledo (West)
Rachel Tecca, Akron[33] Tricia Cullop, Toledo[33] 2013 Mid-American Conference women's basketball tournament First round at campus sites
Remainder at Quicken Loans Arena
(Cleveland, Ohio)
Central Michigan
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Hampton Keiara Avant, Hampton[34] David Six, Hampton[34] 2013 MEAC women's basketball tournament Norfolk Scope
(Norfolk, Virginia)
Missouri Valley Conference Creighton & Wichita State 2013 Missouri Valley Conference women's basketball tournament The Family Arena
(St. Charles, Missouri)
Wichita State
Mountain West Conference San Diego State Chelsea Hopkins, San Diego State Beth Burns, San Diego State 2013 Mountain West Conference women's basketball tournament Thomas & Mack Center
(Paradise, Nevada)
Fresno State
Northeast Conference Quinnipiac Artemis Spanou, Roger Morris Tricia Fabbri, Quinnipiac 2013 Northeast Conference women's basketball tournament Campus Sites Quinnipiac
Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Illinois (East)
Tennessee Tech (West)
Jasmine Newsome, UT–Martin Lee Buchanan, Eastern Illinois 2013 Ohio Valley Conference women's basketball tournament Nashville Municipal Auditorium
(Nashville, Tennessee)
Pac-12 Conference Stanford & California Chiney Ogwumike, Stanford Tara VanDerveer, Stanford 2013 Pac-12 Conference women's basketball tournament KeyArena
Patriot League Army & Navy Kelsey Minato, Army[35] Dave Magarity, Army[35] 2013 Patriot League women's basketball tournament Campus Sites Navy
Southeastern Conference Tennessee A'dia Mathies, Kentucky & Meighan Simmons, Tennessee[36] Holly Warlick, Tennessee[36] 2013 SEC women's basketball tournament Arena at Gwinnett Center
(Duluth, Georgia)
Texas A&M
Southern Conference Chattanooga 2013 Southern Conference women's basketball tournament Asheville, North Carolina
First round and quarterfinals:
Kimmel Arena
Semifinals and final:
U.S. Cellular Center
Southland Conference Oral Roberts & Sam Houston State 2013 Southland Conference women's basketball tournament Leonard E. Merrell Center
(Katy, Texas)
Oral Roberts
Southwestern Athletic Conference Mississippi Valley State & Southern[37] 2013 SWAC women's basketball tournament Curtis Culwell Center
(Garland, Texas)
Prairie View A&M
The Summit League South Dakota State 2013 The Summit League women's basketball tournament Sioux Falls Arena
(Sioux Falls, South Dakota)
South Dakota State
Sun Belt Conference Middle Tennessee (East)
Arkansas–Little Rock (West)
2013 Sun Belt Conference women's basketball tournament Summit Arena
(Hot Springs, Arkansas)
Middle Tennessee
West Coast Conference Gonzaga Taelor Karr, Gonzaga[38] Kelly Graves, Gonzaga[38] 2013 West Coast Conference women's basketball tournament Orleans Arena
(Paradise, Nevada)
Western Athletic Conference Seattle 2013 WAC women's basketball tournament Orleans Arena
(Paradise, Nevada)

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

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.


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