There are 15 home events happening across the Baylor this weekend. Add in a dash of Madness and you've got yourself quite the busy sports weekend. Let's get right to it.
Nina. Freaking. Davis.
WBB Tops WKU in NCAA First Round, 87-74 - BaylorBears.com
I made it to the Ferrell Center just in time to watch the California Golden Bears narrowly beat the Fordham Rams, 64-63. A poor final play spelled doom for the Rams, meaning the Golden Bears would face the winner of the Baylor-Western Kentucky game. And what an unexpected game it was.
I, along with most Baylor fans, thought that this game would end up closer to the non-conference games at the beginning of the season than, say, the OSU game in Stillwater. However, the Lady Toppers had other ideas.
OKCChuck has the full write-up, so I'll add impressions. My initial impression: Nina Davis, oh my goodness Nina Davis. Davis had an outstanding game, putting up a career-high 32 points. She added in 10 rebounds to earn her 12th double-double of the season. My favorite play was when she was driving to the basket, stopped, and spun around a defender for the easy layup.
This was our reaction. via img2.wikia.nocookie.net
The other half of Baylor's high-scoring duo, Odyssey Sims, had herself a mighty nice game as well, putting up 31 points and 5 rebounds. Combined, Sims and Davis put up 63 of Baylor's 87 points.
While the majority of points were scored by our Player of the Year, the other players on the team also contributed significantly. Sune Agbuke recorded 6 rebounds, but there were several times where she would tip the ball back out to a teammate, extending the offensive series. Niya Johnson also had a dagger of a three to put the Toppers away for good.
Congratulations are in order for Western Kentucky though. Those girls gave our Lady Bears a heck of a fight and probably could have advanced to the next round if they hadn't drawn Baylor in Waco. Chastity Gooch is a great player.
Nina Davis is nice.— Skylar Diggins (@SkyDigg4) March 22, 2014
Nina Davis with 302 rebounds this season so far, becomes just 3rd BU frosh to haul down over 300 rebounds. Sophia Young leads with 351.— Baylor Lady Bears (@BaylorWBB) March 23, 2014
With 216 FT made this season, Odyssey Sims moves to No. 3 on BU single-season chart. She passed Brittney Griner's 212 made in 2011-12.— Baylor Lady Bears (@BaylorWBB) March 22, 2014
Remember the Alamo(dome)
Yes, I know this game isn't at the Alamodome, but the Alamo Bowl was and we won that so roll with it. Also, Conner, his roommate, and I will be on-site to witness both North Carolina tears and the fall of Dougey McBucketts. We'll be Tweeting and such throughout the day.
MBB Faces Creighton for Sweet 16 Berth - BaylorBears.com
The Bears look to advance to their third Sweet 16 in the last five seasons. Baylor will be up against it, especially if Creighton is on fire from downtown. I'll save the analysis for the Preview Post, but since I won't be here to comment on that, I'll add my predictions here.
McDermott will get his points, but Baylor will do enough defensively to limit the rest of the team. I think where Baylor will win the game is on the boards as Baylor is the longer team. Finally, we can't underestimate the influence of a home crowd. It'll be close, but I think Baylor advances, 78-75 on a Rico three (watch the video in the link and you'll understand that reference).
See y'all in San Antonio!
"The official Twitter home for Big Ten Men's Basketball" posted two Tweets last night that were, well...
#NCAATournament Final Score: #Badgers 85, Baylor 77— Big Ten Men's Hoops (@B1GMBBall) March 23, 2014
#NCAATournament Final Score: #Spartans 80, Baylor 73— Big Ten Men's Hoops (@B1GMBBall) March 23, 2014
No wonder the Bears lost, they had to play two games yesterday! There were obviously numerous responses, but the BaylorMBB account had the best one by far.
@B1GMBBall We scored 73 from 2,000 miles away? Brady #H3SLIP must've been on fire. #SicMarch— Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB) March 23, 2014
Other Baylor News
No. 12 SB Drops Big 12 Opener to Texas, 4-1 - BaylorBears.com
Texas' Mandy Ogle hit a three-run homer- to put Texas in the lead. Unfortunately, the Lady Bears couldn't come back. They'll face off again tonight at 6:00 on ESPNU.
Help Baylor rebound and Green Out Getterman tomorrow at 6 pm #SicUT 500 free green BU softball shirts pic.twitter.com/3hZP4ozvYy— Baylor Softball (@BaylorSoftball) March 22, 2014
Men's Tennis Earns Two Victories Saturday - BaylorBears.com
Baylor swept SMU 7-0 and knocked off Laredo College, 6-1 to remain perfect at home.
Stone leads Baseball to Series Win vs. No. 20 Oklahoma State - BaylorBears.com
Pitcher Austin Stone threw his first perfect game as the Bears took the series with Oklahoma State.
Women's Golf Finishes Eighth at LSU Tiger Classic - BaylorBears.com
The women finished with a final score of 49-over 913 through 54 holes. Judging from Coach Jay Goble's comments, this match did not go as planned.
Come and take it, Creighton.