Daily Bears Report 04.05.2013

We're going to miss you, Pierre. (And AJ, and Neubert.) - Mike Stobe

The Baylor Bears won the NIT last night, defeating Iowa 74-54 behind Pierre Jackson's 4th straight double-double. The senior had 17 points and 10 assists, while Isaiah Austin looked more like the NBA player he may be shortly, scoring 15 points with 9 rebounds and 5 blocks. Cory Jefferson scored 23 on what could be his last night in a Baylor uniform. AJ Walton had 5 points and 6 steals, but left the game with cramping after a collision with an Iowa player. This is the Bears' first NIT championship win.

Miami Heat forward Shane Battier says that even though Brittney Griner might not make an NBA roster, due to her particular skillset not being well suited to the league, a female player in the NBA will happen "in our lifetime." The Dallas Morning News' Kate Hairopoulos has a video on whether Griner could play in the NBA.

Baylor Baseball begins their first series against West Virginia tonight at 6:35 PM, taking on the Mountaineers at Baylor Ballpark. The Bears moved to 14-15 with a win on Wednesday over DBU, and will look to move back to .500 after a slow start to the season. Dillon Newman is the probable starter for tonight's game, and will face a West Virginia lineup that has won their last seven straight. The other two games of this series are Saturday at 3:05 PM and Sunday at 1:05 PM.

17th-ranked Baylor Softball will face no. 1 Oklahoma tonight in the first match of a six-game roadtrip, looking for their second program win against a no. 1 team. The Lady Bears are 2-4 against ranked teams this season, but both wins came on the road. The series continues tomorrow and Sunday, and Sunday's 2:00 PM game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk turned some heads when he announced that he was going to win the 2013 Heisman, but Baylor coach Art Briles backs his star junior's statements. Seastrunk started the season with only 7 carries for the Bears, but finished with 831 yards in Baylor's last six games.

Baylor Track and Field heads to the Florida Relays this weekend for their only non-Texas meet of the regular outdoor season. Both Bears teams are highly ranked, with the women listed at 14th and the men at 23rd in the nation. Baylor will have 19 competitors taking part in events, and look to improve on their 3 marks in the top 20 this season.

Baylor Women's Golf travels to Oxford, Miss. this weekend to take part in the 2013 M&F Bank Rebel Intercollegiate, hosted by the University of Mississippi. The Lady Bears are led by sophomore Hayley Davis, who has won a tournament this season and finished third overall in the triangular match hosted by the University of Texas last weekend.

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