Breaking Down the Big 12 Championship

  • By Caroline Szwed
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  • October 31, 2012 01:18 PM
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It’s game day for the 2012 Big 12 Championship in San Antonio, Texas. Here is a brief analysis of the remaining four teams in tournament play:

The Longhorns are a team that is under a first?year head coach in Angela Kelly. They are another hard?nosed team that works extremely hard every game. Texas comes out to battle and have proven that they should not be taken lightly as they were in every Big 12 game. They are a team that looks to possess the ball, but also will look direct at times. Nonetheless, however they play, each of their players is focused on winning their 1v1 battles. Texas’ hard work is shown in its season play and honors in the Big 12. Kristin Cummins, a senior and Texas native received All?Big 12 First Team honors. Abby Smith and Sharis Lachapelle brought home All?Big 12 Second Team honors, and four Longhorns received All?Big 12 Newcomer Team recognition.

Texas enters postseason play with an overall record of 7?10?1 and a conference record of 4?4?0. They will enter the Big 12 Tournament as the No. 4 seed.

KU is a team that focuses on possessing the ball within all areas of the field. They are a team that has very dynamic forwards that try and get the ball through slashing runs. They are constantly moving and looking for a dangerous pass they can score off of. The Jayhawks’ defense works hard as a unit and communicates well throughout their backline. They are a team that consistently works and battles at all times in the game. Senior Whitney Berry, a Kansas native, has helped lead the team throughout the season and earned All?Big 12 First Team honors. Her teammates Jamie Fletcher and Caroline Kastar received All?Big 12 Second Team accolades, and Ashley Williams landed a spot on the All?Big 12 Newcomer Team.

Kansas enters postseason play with an overall record of 10?7?2 and a conference record of 3?5?0. They will begin the Big 12 Tournament as the No. 6 seed.

The Horned Frogs, WVU’s first-round opponent tonight, are a hard?nosed team that works consistently throughout the game. They are a team that can win off of emotion and determination. TCU tries to maintain possession within all three lines and tries to build play. Through this, they like to catch teams off guard and play quick transition, which in times works to their advantage. They are a very young team represented by 15 underclassmen that have shown potential throughout their season. One of TCU’s freshmen, Bobbi Clemmer, a Texas native, was named to the All?Big 12 Newcomer Team.

TCU will enter postseason play with an overall record of 6?9?3 and a conference record of 1?5?2. They enter the Big 12 Tournament with a No. 8 seed.

West Virginia
Undefeated in the Big 12, WVU is a team that is led by veteran coach Nikki Izzo?Brown, who recently was named Big 12 Coach of the Year. The Mountaineers are a hard?nosed team that battles in every competition. Along with their hard work, there also comes a lot of talent within the team. Each player significantly contributes to the team and their style of play. West Virginia strives to consistently posses the ball and connects through the midfield and forward line. They have a very strong attacking line that likes to go end line, find an early cross in, or go 1v1 at defenders. Their midfield is constantly battling and connecting both the back line and forward line together. WVU’s backline is strong and relentless, as WVU hasn’t lost a game since August. In goal, Sara Keane has made an immense impact on the field this season. She is able to save shots on and off her line, communicate at all times, and lead the team in every game. West Virginia’s Bry McCarthy, Kate Schwindel and Bri Rodriguez earned All?Big 12 First Team honors. Frances Silva received All? Big 12 Second Team honors, while Kara Blosser, Leah Emaus and Kelsie Maloney made the All?Big 12 Newcomer Team.

West Virginia begins postseason play with an overall record of 11?3?4 and conference record of 7?0?1. They carry the No. 1 seed into the Big 12 Tournament.

Good luck to my Mountaineer teammates in their quest for a third-consecutive championship!

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