|Preseason AP #1 Baylor Lady Bears|
NCAA Champions UConn Huskies
|NCAA Tournament 2013|
National championship Smoothie King Center
|Tournament dates March 23 – April 9, 2013|
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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
- Conference membership changes
- New arenas
- Major rule changes
- Pre season polls
- Regular season
- Conference winners and tournaments
- Tournament upsets
- Womens National Invitation tournament
- WNIT Semifinals and Final
- Consensus All American teams
- Major player of the year awards
- Major freshman of the year awards
- Major coach of the year awards
- Other major awards
- Coaching changes
Conference membership changes
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.
Major rule changes
The top 25 from the AP and ESPN/USA Today Coaches Polls.
A number of early-season tournaments marked the beginning of the college basketball season.
Conference winners and tournaments
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.
For this list, a "major upset" is defined as a win by a team seeded 7 or more spots below its defeated opponent.
Women's National Invitation tournament
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
Played at campus sites
Consensus All-American teams
The following players are recognized as the 2013 Consensus All-Americans:
Major player of the year awards
Major freshman of the year awards
Major coach of the year awards
Other major awards
A number of teams changed coaches during and after the season.