The Baylor Lady Bears are back on top in the AP Top 25 poll this week, reclaiming the number 1 spot after previously top-ranked UConn lost to former no. 5 Notre Dame on Saturday. The Lady Bears started the season as the top-ranked team, and the 2-point loss to Stanford knocked Baylor down to no. 3. Baylor has not lost since then, and looks to continue their home winning streak against Iowa State tomorrow. The Lady Bears swept the Big 12 weekly honors last week, winning both (co) Player of the Week and Freshman of the Week. Brittney Griner extended her record of 22 PotW honors, sharing this week's award with Oklahoma's Sharane Campbell and Alexis Prince was awarded Freshman of the Week, after blocking a career-high 3 shots in the game against OSU.
The Baylor Bears head to Lubbock today to face Texas Tech in their second conference game of the season. This will be their final game without head coach Scott Drew, as he fulfills the self-imposed suspension for infractions that are no longer considered violations. Senior guard Pierre Jackson looks to continue his 21-game double figure scoring streak, while providing veteran leadership for the younger members of the team.
Baylor Football somehow ended up behind UCLA in the final USA Today poll, and was one out of the rankings in the final AP poll, ending the season at 28 and 26 respectively. No Big 12 team finished in the top-10 of either poll. In other Bears news, head coach Art Briles has gotten used to a shorter offseason, and hopes to continue that trend into the future. There is no news on Nick Florence's appeal to the NCAA for an extra year of eligibility, after losing his redshirt season due to an illegal hit injury to Rober Griffin III in the 2011 Texas Tech game.
In other Baylor things, the library's JFK archive in the W.R. Poage Legislative Library is now one of the nation's premier collections of material on the late president and the events surrounding his death. The recent donation of material from the Mary Ferrell Foundation solidified the position of the research library as one of the top archives on the subject. The Poage Library archives and preserves the material, as well as makes it available to the public for research, and some items can be found online. Baylor just keeps growing and improving, whether in sports or in research!