Daily Bears Report 02.19.2013

David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Baylor Lady Bears defeated the UConn Huskies last night 76-70 after being down by three at the halftime break, and senior center Brittney Griner scored her 3,000th point, becoming the 8th woman in NCAA D1 history to cross that mark. The Lady Bears were behind the entire first half, pulling to within two with a minute to go, though Griner was held to only 4 points. After the break, Griner and Odyssey Sims led the Lady Bears on a 50 point scoring run across the half and Griner hit 21 points to put her into the 3,000-point club. This is the second year in a row that the Huskies have lost a second-half lead to the Lady Bears, and once again Baylor adjusted to the UConn defense, despite its top ranking. After the win, the Lady Bears stayed on top of the AP poll, keeping the no. 1 spot for the 7th week in a row. The Lady Bears return home to face Texas at 1:00 PM on Saturday in the Ferrell Center.

Baylor Baseball plays their home opener tonight against Texas State at 6:35 PM at the Baylor Ballpark. The Bears are coming off being swept by UC-Irvine in their first three-game set and look to start the home season off with a win against a dangerous Texas State team. Tickets are available now, and the forecast is for the lower 60s dropping into the 50s by end-of-game time, so take a jacket.

Scott Drew has done incredible things with a basketball team that was near death at his hiring, leading to some speculation that, as Fox Sports' Reid Forgrave says "Baylor did the impossible, so Baylor must be a cheat." However, phenomanal recruiting skills and a stubborn determination has led to a team that is at least a bubble NCAA team, even in an off year, even after the conclusion of three years of NCAA investigation.

Baylor Stadium's neighbors are worried by the recent purchase of empty lots in a residential area by the university. Despite the designated residential zoning, the homeowners' association worries that Baylor has enough influence to change the zoning if the university wants to explore commercial options.

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