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One Shining Season: The Baylor Lady Bears Are 40-0, National Champions

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The primary drivers of the Year of the Bear. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE
The primary drivers of the Year of the Bear. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Perfection achieved. Business finished. With a dominating offensive and defensive second half tonight in Denver, the Baylor Lady Bears have gone where no college basketball team has ever gone before by finishing the first 40-win season ever. Led by (presumptive) 2012 Tournament MVP Brittney Griner's 26 points, 12 rebounds, and 5 blocks, the Lady Bears enforced their will over the Notre Dame Fighting Irish yet again, winning the National Championship game by 19 after leading by only 6 at the half. Baylor is the seventh undefeated national champion in NCAA WBB history, and bulldozed their way through the Tournament like few teams have before. 40-0. Forty. And. Zero.

And guess what? Every single one of our best players comes back next season.

I'm writing this as chants of "BU" ring down from the rafters, and Baylor's team begins to celebrate the second national championship in program history on the bench. I remember how it felt to be on-campus in 2005, and I hope our fans have as much fun tonight as I did then, but I also hope they are safe, smart, and representative of the school we love.

Congratulations and sic 'em, Ladies! You've made Baylor Nation extraordinarily proud!

I'll just throw this down here...

Add another NCAA record in the Year of the Bear.