Marquette

Last season: 14-17, 4-12

Coach: Terri Mitchell, 17th season

Top Players: G Cristina Bigica, F Sarina Simmons, F Katherine Plouffe

Keep an eye on: Gabi Minix

The skinny: Marquette's streak of nine consecutive postseason appearances ended last season with its first losing season since 2000-01. Simmons is its only senior, and Plouffe, a junior, led the team in scoring (13.5), rebounding (8.1) and minutes (33.7). Minix was second in the Big East in assists.

Cincinnati

Last season: 16-16, 6-10

Coach: Jamelle Elliott, 4th season

Top Players: G Dayeesha Hollins, F Jeanise Randolph, G Kayla Cook

Keep an eye on: Tiffany Turner

The skinny: Hollins redshirted the 2010-11 season and returned to lead the team in scoring (14.8) as a second-team Big East pick. Cook started all 32 games last season and will get support from veterans like Turner and Randolph, who led the conference in shooting percentage (59.7) in league games.

Pittsburgh

Last season: 8-22, 0-16

Coach: Agnus Berenato, 10th season

Top Players: G Abby Dowd, G Brianna Kiesel, G Ashlee Anderson

Keep an eye on: Marquel Davis

The skinny: Last season was historically woeful for the Panthers, who went winless in conference play. Even Seton Hall beat them. Kiesel led Pitt in scoring (13.6) and assists as a freshman. Some hope rests with freshman G Loliya Briggs, who sat out last season after being injured playing for the Nigerian national team.

Seton Hall

Last season: 8-23, 1-15