Daily Bears Report 02.18.2013

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The top-ranked Lady Bears locked up the Big 12 regular-season title just in time to head to Hartford, Connecticut to face the (2/3) Huskies on Big Monday as an ESPN Rivalry Week matchup, shown on ESPN2 tonight at 8:00 PM CT. Baylor is currently 24-1 on the season, with their only loss coming to Stanford after an injury to point guard Odyssey Sims. Jordan Madden might be a deciding factor in tonight's matchup, a welcome development from the senior guard who has become Baylor's "defensive stopper" after three years of hard work. This is also another "last" for Brittney Griner, her last game against UConn in the regular season before she moves on to the WNBA, and in her four years she has changed the way that women's basketball is played.

Baylor MBB lost to (10/11) ranked Kansas State 81-61 this weekend, committing 19 turnovers and allowing 11 3-pointers by the Wildcats. AJ Walton led the Bears with 14 points, with Isaiah Austin contributing 13, while Pierre Jackson had a team-high 9 assists. The Bears face Iowa State on Wednesday at the Ferrell Center in an ESPNU televised game.

Baylor Softball is on a 9-game winning streak, claiming the Miken Classic title with a 3-0 win over Pacific in a two-hit shutout. Lindsey Hays hit her second home run of the season to give the Lady Bears the lead in the bottom of the second inning, while the pitchers only allowed a .111 average against in the entire tournament.

Baylor Baseball was swept by UC Irvine in their first three games of the year after an 11-run fifth inning put the game out of reach for the struggling Bear bats. Despite the loss, Nathan Orf had a good day at the plate, going 4-5, though he was stranded after reaching base in the top of the fifth. The Bears have their home opener against Texas State tomorrow night at 6:35 PM.

Baylor Women's Tennis easily defeated Pepperdine 6-1 yesterday at the Hurd Tennis Center, breaking a 5-game losing streak and securing the doubles point for the first time in 6 matches. 13th-ranked sophomore Ema Burgic took her straight-set win over Lorraine Guillermo. Baylor's next match is against Notre Dame on Saturday.

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