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Soccer garner’s 3 All Big XII honors. Lady Bears begin play tonight.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Grambling State at Baylor
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Today’s Events

Lady Bears

  • Fourth-ranked Baylor women's basketball hosts Emporia State this evening at 7 p.m. (CT) inside the Ferrell Center in its first of two exhibition contests. From Baylor Bears dot com.

Head coach Kim Mulkey begins her 17th season at Baylor with 10 letterwinners, including four starters, returning from last year's 36-2 squad that won its sixth consecutive Big 12 regular season and tournament titles and made its third-straight Elite Eight.

Two-time All-American, Nina Davis (5-11, senior forward), and honorable mention All-American, Alexis Jones (5-9, redshirt senior guard), will lead the Lady Bears into the season. Davis, who averaged 16.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last season, was tabbed 2017 Preseason All-Big 12 Player of the Year and named Preseason All-Big 12 first team. Jones, who averaged 15 points and 4.2 rebounds per contest a year ago was also named to the Preseason All-Big 12 first team.

Other starters returning for Baylor include sophomore post Beatrice Mompremier, who averaged 7.2 points and 6.1 rebounds, and junior guard Kristy Wallace, who averaged 8.1 points and 3.3 rebounds per contest.

Sophomore post Kalani Brown also earned Preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention recognition after being named to the Big 12 All-Freshman Team and averaging 9.3 points and 4.3 rebounds primarily off the bench last season.

Baylor's freshman trio comes in as the top-ranked recruiting class, boasting No. 1 overall recruit Lauren Cox, No. 8 Natalie Chou and No. 40 Calveion Landrum. Cox, the 2016 WBCA High School Player of the Year and four-time USA Basketball gold medalist, was tabbed 2017 Preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

Emporia State are ranked No. 3 in the D2Bullentin Preseason Top 25 and were picked to win the 2016-17 MIAA Championship for the fourth consecutive season. The Lady Hornets return three starters from last year's squad, which compiled a 28-6 record and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen, including All-American Kelly Moten, 2016 MIAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player Kathryn Flott and 2015 MIAA Freshman of the Year Addie Lackey. Emporia State head coach Jory Collins, the first coach in program history to have six 30 win seasons in his first six years, begins his seventh season with the program.

Baylor will play its final exhibition game against Langston on Monday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. before its regular season opener against Houston Baptist on Friday, Nov. 11 at 3:30 p.m. It is a doubleheader with the Baylor men's team, who tips off its season against Oral Roberts at 6 p.m.

Fans can listen to an internet broadcast via BaylorBears.com. Rick May and Lori Fogelman will provide play-by-play and color commentary. Live video is also available for Tuesday's exhibition.

Men’s Golf

Soccer

James was named to the All-Big 12 first team, Piercy second team and Padgett all-freshman team.

Voted on by the league’s coaches, the Bears have 31 all-time All-Big 12 choices and eight under head coach Paul Jobson. BU has had five straight years with at least one all-league player and its two selections are the most since having three in 2012. Padgett’s all-freshman nod marks the third straight year with at least one Baylor honoree, is the 12th all-time selection in program history and ninth under Jobson. Of Baylor’s 12 all-time all-freshman choices, nine have come under Jobson.

James, a sophomore midfielder, was an all-freshman choice last year. Through 18 games, the Fairview, Texas native has two goals and a career-high five assists (seventh in Big 12) for a career-high-tying nine points.

Piercy, a sophomore forward, was Big 12 Co-Freshman of the Year, a second-team choice and all-freshman honoree last year. Through 18 games, the Amarillo, Texas native has career highs in goals (seven, fourth in Big 12), assists (two), points (16, fifth in Big 12) and game-winning goals (five, 15th in country and first in Big 12).

Padgett, a forward from Beaumont, Texas, has three goals and three assists for nine points through 18 games.

The No. 3 seeded Bears take on No. 6 seed Oklahoma State on Wednesday at 8 p.m. CT in the first round of the 2016 Big 12 Soccer Championships in Kansas City at Swope Soccer Village.

Football

  • Terrance Ganaway talks with Craig Smoak. There is a link to the interview in this tweet. daddingo says he pounds on KD & Shock.

  • Baylor quarterback Seth Russell expects to play Saturday against TCU but will continue to be monitored for potential concussion-like symptoms throughout the week. From John Werner at BearsExtra.

Russell began feeling nauseous and groggy about 90 minutes after the No. 13 Bears’ 35-34 loss to Texas on Saturday in Austin. His CT scan for concussion-like symptoms was negative.

“I feel great,” Russell said. “Yesterday (Sunday) I felt a little groggy just from a hard fought game for the most part. But I woke up this morning with a lot of energy. I definitely feel like I’m going to play. I’m going through concussion protocol, that’s what everybody wants me to do.”

Russell, who missed the last six games of the 2015 season with a broken neck, took numerous hard hits from the Texas defense.

Baylor and TCU will meet for the 112th time Saturday. The all-time series is 52-52-7, but the Bears have won three of the last five meetings. Prior to Baylor and TCU leaving the Southwest Conference in 1996, the series with the Horned Frogs had been played continuously for 71 years (with the exception of World War II) as conference rivals.

Baylor leads 34-30-5 when the series is played in Waco, including a thrilling 61-58 victory in the last game held in Waco when both teams were ranked inside the top-10 nationally.

In the last meeting, Baylor lost in double overtime to TCU, 28-21, in Fort Worth on a cold rainy night. BU had five turnovers in the game.

The series is now the most played for both schools. It is tied for 22nd-most played series in college football history.

Baylor leads all Power-Five conference teams, after rushing for a touchdown in 36-straight games. The Bears have had at least one score on the ground in every game starting with a win over TCU on Nov. 30, 2013. BU’s mark ranks third among all FBS schools, trailing only Navy (55) and New Mexico (44). Since the streak began, the Bears hold a 29-7 record with 108 (3.0 per game) rushing TDs and 8,495 (235.97 per game) yards gained on the ground.

Baylor has compiled a 23-7 mark in games after October 31 since 2011 (16-4 in Nov., 7-1 in Dec., 0-2 in Jan.). Included in those games is a 10-6 record vs. AP Top 25 teams. Baylor’s 23 wins (23-5) in the months of November and December since 2011 is an FBS-best.

In the first seven games of 2016, the Bears have played 33 freshmen, including 19 redshirt freshmen and 14 true freshmen. Meanwhile, 19 different players have made their first career starts in 2016, including six freshmen and seven sophomores.

Six Baylor players have been voted Big 12 Player of the Week through the first seven games of 2016, which is already the second-most in program history in a single season, with the record being seven in 2011.

Baylor has posted the best record among in-state programs over the last five-plus years, a 56-16 mark. The Bears are also 21-6 head-to-head vs. Texas schools since 2011, and boast an overall 43-8 record in games played in the Lone Star State.

Reagan Ramsower and Patty Crawford Video

I ran across this video on Youtube today. I’m guessing it is from tonight’s Sixty Minutes Sports on Showtime, set to air at 8/7CT. I want to point out that the Police Report the moderator is talking about was not made on the night of the incident. There was no initial police report made. On the night of the incident, the alleged victim stated that “there was no assault.” The police closed out their call log as a “no report” and notified Baylor. At that time, there was nothing other than a “no report” to report to Baylor.

Two days later, the victim contacted Waco Police and stated that she wanted to make a record of the incident “in case they did it again.” At that time an original report was prepared and it mentions that on the night of the incident the victim

“was adamant that nothing had happened and that she had not been sexually assaulted. I was advised by Sgt. SKAGGS to make call notes on the incar computer and contact Baylor University to inform them of the situation. Per Sgt. SKAGGS, the call notes were added and Baylor University was contacted. No report was made.”

Nowhere in the Original Police Report or six Supplemental Reports is there mention that Baylor was contacted a 2nd time about the victim changing her story two days later from “adamant there was no sexual assault” to there might have been a sexual assault.

There is no indication that a copy of the Police Report was ever forwarded by Waco PD to Baylor PD, only a reliance on the comment inside the original report that “Baylor was contacted” on the night of the incident, which was a “no report.”

Here’s a CBS Sports preview of tonight’s in depth report on 60MINUTES Sports.