Women’s basketball headed back to WNIT



The team missed the NCAA tournament for the 10th straight season. Photo by Heesoo Yang

By Benton McDonald

The last time a Big 12 women’s team with 10 conference wins missed the NCAA Tournament, head coach Raegan Pebley was still playing professional basketball.

The Horned Frogs found out they were headed back to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) for the fifth time in six years Monday, despite going 20-10 and 10-8 in the Big 12.

TCU is one of two Big 12 teams in the tournament, joining West Virginia who also won 10 conference games.

The team’s first-round loss to Texas in the Big 12 tournament likely ended their chances of making their first NCAA Tournament since 2009-10. They missed out on the field of 68 despite ranking No. 57 in the NCAA’s RPI rankings.

They return to the WNIT a year after making it to the semifinals of the tournament, the deepest run in program history.

The Horned Frogs will kick off their postseason against Prairie View A&M Thursday. The tip-off time is still to be determined.