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Daily Bears Report 10.31.2012 (Happy Halloween!)

Or Fall Festival! Or, if you choose, have a great day of no significance!

This picture is not from last night's game. It's just totally awesome.
This picture is not from last night's game. It's just totally awesome.

If you're looking for a scare this Halloween, just go look at Baylor Football's defensive statistics. They're more terrifying than any haunted house.

The Baylor Lady Bears showed exactly why they are defending national champions last night against the Oklahoma City Stars, taking their first exhibition game 91-42. Both Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims had 16 points, and Griner led the team with 7 rebounds. The Lady Bears both managed a 2:1 assist to turnover ratio, and caused the Stars to turn over the ball 29 times, while shooting a .574 FG percentage. Baylor's next exhibition game is Monday, November 5th at 7:00 PM in the Ferrell Center.

Baylor women's golf took fifth at the Alamo Invitational yesterday, though freshman Lauren Taylor finished in second individually to lead the Lady Bears. Despite their weak 3-over-par finish, coach Jay Goble feels confident that the Lady Bears will regroup and have a strong spring.

14th-ranked and second-seeded Baylor Soccer heads to the Big 12 Championship this week in San Antonio. The Bears (14-1-4) will face 7th seed Oklahoma State (11-5-3) today at 8:00 PM at the Blossom Soccer Stadium, and look to advance to the semi-finals over the Cowgirls, whom they drew with 0-0 in early October.

The Baylor cross-country teams continued their season with a seventh place men's finish and a eighth-place women's finish in the annual Big 12 Cross-Country Championships held at the Jimmy Clay Golf Course in Austin. Baylor sophomore Rachael Johnson finished in All-Big 12 time, the 19th such finish in Baylor Cross-Country history. The Bears compete next at the NCAA South Central Regionals in Arkansas, and hope to qualify runners for the NCAA Championships on November 17th in Kentucky.

Baylor Football recruit Taion Sells has been having an outstanding year at safety for Irving MacArthur, and coach Brian Basil has nothing but confidence in the HS senior's abilities in the secondary, and calls him "the quarterback of our defense." A verbal commit, and in February will become part of the defense-heavy 2013 signing class. The speedy safety, who posted a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash, also runs for MacArthur's track team in the 4x100 relay, and would like to also run track at Baylor if it doesn't interfere with football.

19th-ranked Baylor Basketball's Brady Heslip was named the #2 shooter in the country, and Pierre Jackson the #3 guard, and looks to build on their 30-win season last year with a talented-but-young front court, including freshmen Isaiah Austin and Rico Gathers. For two season, Baylor has been knocked out of the NCAA tournament by the eventual national champion, so...that's something to think about?