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Golf Wins and Golf Wins. Baylor Sexual Assault Reports Nearly Quadrupled in 2015.

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There are no Baylor athletic events between now and this weekend.

Golf - Wins - it - All

Women’s Golf
  • Baylor women's golf won the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown by eight strokes after shooting 10-under-par 278 in Tuesday's final round at Boulder Creek Country Club. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The Bears finished the 36-hole tournament at 25-under 551, and Amy Lee birdied her final two holes to claim her career-first individual title.

The win was the ninth team tournament championship in head coach Jay Goble's six seasons with the Bears and the first since the 2015 NCAA San Antonio Regional. That regional was also the last time a Baylor player won medalist honors, as Hayley Davis claimed the individual title.

Lee shot 5-under 67 on Tuesday to finish the tournament at 9-under 135. She made six birdies, including on each of her final two holes to turn a one-stroke deficit into a one-stroke lead. Freshman Evelyn Arguelles tied for sixth place at 6-under 138 after carding a 2-under 70 on Tuesday.

Maria Vesga tied for 15th place at 4-under 140 following her final round of 2-over 74. Dylan Kimtied for 21st place at 3-under 141, including a final round of 2-under 70, and Fiona Liddell tied for 36th place at 1-under 143 with a final round 1-under 71. Giovana Maymon, who was playing as an individual, tied for 93rd place at 8-over 152.

Amy Lee made six birdies in Tuesday's final round, including on each of her last two holes to turn a one-stroke deficit into a one-stroke lead and the eventual individual title.

"It was an amazing two days for our team, and I could not be more proud of them" head coach Jay Goble said. "I think we all knew that this team had amazing talent, but it sure was nice to show that when we put it all together we are one of the best teams in the country. I'm very happy for all of them, because they work so hard everyday to be great. It's always fun to see them confident and making birdies.

"It was great for Amy (Lee) to get her first win as a Bear," Goble said. "She's an amazing player, and to watch her birdie her last two holes for the win was very exciting."

Baylor will play its final tournament of the fall season at the Trinity Forest Invitational, which runs Nov. 7-8 at Trinity Forest Golf Club in Dallas. Follow @BaylorWGolf for updates throughout the season.

Men’s Golf

The Bears (-31) bested second place Houston (+1) by an impressive 32-stroke margin, and Matthew Perrine and Braden Bailey shared the individual title at 10-under 203.

Baylor continued to improve its Royal Oaks Intercollegiate finish under third-year head coach Mike McGraw. The Bears' best previous finish in the nine-year old tournament was a second-place finish in 2014, McGraw's first season. The Bears earned their sixth tournament title in McGraw's three seasons, and this one was their most dominating, as five members of the Baylor lineup finished among the top 15 individuals.

Perrine and Bailey each claimed their career-first collegiate medalist honors, as neither had finished better than fourth in any previous collegiate tournament. Bailey shot a final round 4-under 67 and Perrine carded a 3-under 68 to finish tied at 10-under 203.

Hunter Shattuck tied for third place at 7-under 206 following Tuesday's final round of 1-under 70, and Cooper Dossey finished a career-best tied for sixth place at 4-under 209 after shooting 2-over 73 on Tuesday. Garrett May tied for 13th place at 1-over 214 after his final round 1-over 73, and Jackson Heazel tied for 36th place at 5-over 218. Three Bears competed as individuals, led by Nick Thornton and Austin Cotton in a tie for 28th place at 4-over 217. Thornton shot a final round 3-under 68, and Cotton shot 1-over 73 on Tuesday. Colin Kober tied for 58th place at 11-over 224.

"I've put myself in position to win quite a bit, starting this summer, and I guess this was my second time this fall that I've had a good chance," Bailey said. "It feels pretty good to get the job done. It's also a cool feeling tying with Matthew, just sharing the win with a teammate. Especially after the way the team played, winning by as many as we did, I feel like it's a fitting end to the week."

"Anytime you tie a guy on your team, it's all good," Perrine said. "It's going to go on the rankings the same, and it will be that much more special for us to remember it down the road. We roomed together this week, so I think that's even more special."

"I think in order for (a national championship) to ever happen, you have to actually see the idea, the possibility," head coach Mike McGraw said. "We have talented kids who must believe in themselves to even be in that discussion. They are starting to believe in themselves. This was a special two days. It doesn't mean we're the best team in the country. All it means is we have the potential to be a really good team. If they'll continue to work hard over the winter and believe, yeah you could say we might be one of the teams that would have a chance to be called that. But right now, we're going to enjoy this victory as well as we can, get back in class and get ready for some offseason training."

Royal Oaks was the Bears' final tournament of the fall season. They return to action Feb. 17 at the All-American, which is played at Golf Club of Houston in Humble, Texas. Follow @BaylorMGolf on Twitter for updates throughout the season.

Behind the Scenes at Men’s Basketball Big XII Media Days

Football

There will be plenty at stake when No. 8 Baylor travels to Texas for a Big 12 showdown on Saturday afternoon at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, but the roles predicted for the two rivals in the preseason have changed a lot.

Baylor (6-0, 3-0 Big 12) had been expected to take a step back from the top of the conference in the wake of the firing of coach Art Briles and the sexual assault allegations against the school that rocked the college football world in the offseason.

Instead the Bears have kept their swagger, closed ranks under interim coach Jim Grobe, reeled off nothing but wins over the first half of their season and moved steadily up the rankings. Baylor has started 6-0 in each of the last four years, a program first and the only FBS program to do so.

The Bears are the most complete team in the Big 12, averaging 549.2 yards of offense (third most in the conference and fourth nationally) while allowing just 320.3 yards per game (best in the Big 12 and 16th nationally in total defense).

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Cleary Act Reporting, Rape Reports nearly Quadrupled in 2015

  • Reports of sexual assault on Baylor University’s campus more than tripled last year after inching up since 2012, and a Baylor official said increased awareness of the issue is driving the uptick in reporting. WacoTrib has Phillip Erickson’s full story.

According to crime statistics colleges are required to file every year for their campuses, 23 rapes were reported at Baylor in 2015. That is up from six rapes reported in 2014, five forcible sex offenses in 2013, two in 2012 and none between 2009 and 2011.

Under the Clery Act, federal officials started requiring more specific classification of sexual crimes starting in 2014. New requirements say universities must divide forcible sex offenses into the categories of rape, fondling, incest and statutory rape.

“As we continue to train and educate our community, we’re starting to see an uptick of campus security authority reports,” Baylor Clery Act specialist Shelley Deats said. “That could be anyone from a professor to a coach to a dean. I would say the majority of what we saw from the last report that was just published did indeed come from Baylor police, Title IX and the Student Conduct office.”

Deats said efforts by former Title IX Coordinator Patty Crawford, who was hired in November 2014 as the university’s first full-time Title IX coordinator, contributed to the increase in awareness and reporting of sexual assaults.