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Daily Bears Report 9/19

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Soccer

Baylor Soccer crushed Jackson State last night posting a 7-0 shutout at Betty Lou Mays Soccer Field. From 10 KWTX TV.

BU received its first goal in the sixth minute as Julie James’ cross from the left wing found Lauren Piercy for a tap-in in front of the net. Then in the ninth minute, a corner kick by Ashley York was redirected by Piercy to Lindsay Burns for another tap-in in front of the net. To close out the scoring in the first half, Jackie Crowther made a pass in the box from the left wing to Amanda Hoglund, who deftly snuck a nutmeg shot to the back of the net in the 24th minute.

Baylor added four more goals in the second half. In the 47th minute, Kennedy Brown’s pass to Aline De Lima led to a laser shot to the top right corner for a goal. In the 56th minute, a cross by Ariel Leach was headed in by De Lima. In the 59th minute, Delanie Davis headed a ball to Marissa Sullivan for a head-on shot with the keeper that went in the left side of the net. In the 73rd minute, Crowther found Sullivan in the box for a 15-yard rocket to the back of the net.

“One of the things that I challenged the team with and told them before the game was that we have to do what we do. It doesn’t matter who the opponent is, we have to go to work. This might be one of the most complete senior days that we have had in a long time. It allowed us to get a lot of our prime-minute players off of the field which was helpful, especially after the win that we had on Friday night.” – Head Coach Paul Jobson

Women’s Golf

Baylor women’s golf finished in eighth place at the Mason Rudolph Championship after shooting 3-over-par 291 in Sunday’s final round at Vanderbilt Legends Golf Club. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The Bears totaled 19-over 883 over 54 holes, finishing four shots back of the top five.

Senior Maggie Beth Byers, who played as an individual, earned her career-first top-10 finish with a tie for eighth place. Byers shot 2-over 74 on Sunday to bring her tournament total to 2-under 216.

Junior Amy Lee used a final-round 2-under 70 to jump into a tie for 23rd place at 5-over 221. Freshman Evelyn Arguelles shot 5-over 77 in the final round to tie for 30th place at 6-over 222. Redshirt sophomore Dylan Kim and freshman Fiona Liddell tied for 37th place at 8-over 224 following final rounds of 1-over 73 and 2-over 74, respectively. Sophomore Maria Vesga shot 2-over 74 on Sunday to tie for 44th place at 9-over 225.

Men’s Golf

Baylor men’s golf carded 41-over-par 881 to finish in 10th place at the Fighting Illini Invitational. From 10 KWTX TV.

The Bears shot 12-over-par 292 in Sunday’s final round at Olympia Fields Country Club.

Senior Hunter Shattuck recorded his third consecutive round of 3-over-par 73 to finish tied for 29th place at 9-over 219. Sophomore Braden Bailey carded 2-over 72 in his final round to climb three spots into a tie for 33rd place at 10-over 220. Freshman Cooper Dossey shot 7-over 77 in his final round to finish tied for 36th place at 11-over 221. Sophomore Garrett May posted a 6-over 76 third-round score to finish tied for 54th at 17-over 227, and Matthew Perrine shot 1-over 71 in his final round to climb seven spots into 70th place at 22-over 232.

Perrine’s final-round 71 equaled Dossey’s first round as the Bears’ best score of the tournament.

Women’s Tennis

Senior Blair Shankle went undefeated, 3-0, in Bush's $50,000 Waco Showdown Wildcard action this weekend to take the title and clinch a spot in the Bush's $50,000 Waco Showdown on Nov. 6-13. From Baylor Bears dot com.

In the finale match Sunday morning, Shankle defeated Janice Shin in straight sets, 6-1, 6-4.

Shankle, the 54th-ranked player in the preseason, never dropped a set, won each match in two sets this weekend, flying to the finals and ultimately earning a spot in Bush's $50,000 Waco Showdown on Nov. 6-13.

From KCEN TV 6:

"I'm proud of the way (Shankle) competed all weekend and am looking forward to her continued progress this fall," said Baylor women's coach Joey Scrivano. "Qualifying for the Showdown gives her another opportunity to build on her game while being tested against the top players in the world."

Shin, who reached the final with a three-set win over Baylor junior Theresa Van Zyl in Saturday's semis, is ranked among the top 10 national college prospects by tennisrecruiting.net.

Men’s Tennis

Following three days of action, Baylor men’s tennis sophomore Jimmy Bendeck was the lone competitor undefeated after singles play Sunday at the Napa Valley Tennis Classic. From Baylor Bears dot com.

Bendeck opened his day at the Meadowood Napa Valley Resort by besting North Carolina’s Anu Kodali, 7-5, 6-3, to finish the round robin portion of the event with a 3-0 record. By virtue of that undefeated record, the Hollywood, Fla., native was one of eight players to take part in a tie-breaker shootout draw on Sunday afternoon.

In that afternoon session, Bendeck rolled to a 10-4 tiebreaker win over Cal’s Filip Bergevi, ranked No. 77, in the quarterfinals, before besting Cal’s 61st-ranked Billy Griffith, 10-7, to reach the final. In the finale, Bendeck took down Tulsa’s Dominic Bechard, 10-8, for the 2016 USTA Wildcard Shootout title.

“Jimmy has worked hard since he has gotten back to school. We have been training hard in the mornings and doing a lot of running. Today was very warm by California standards and I think that helped us. What was great to see was that Jimmy just played better and better as the event wore on. He really played his best tennis today and that was fun to see.” - head coach Matt Knoll on Bendeck’s win.

“This tournament had a great field. We always pride ourselves on playing a good schedule. We wanted to come out here and see some of the best guys and teams in the country. The results were a little up and down, but we grew a lot. Today, particularly, Max and Constantin played much better. Bjoern learned a lot, so it was a really good experience for us.” - Knoll on the weekend.

Cross Country

Baylor men’s cross country captured the team championship at the Ken Garland Invitational Saturday at the Eagle Point Cross Country Course. Baylor’s women finished fourth in their division. From BearsExtra.

Baylor’s men displayed a winning pack mentality, finishing in order in third through seventh place. The Bears had a winning score of 25 points, 23 ahead of second-place UT-Arlington.

Eric Anderson was Baylor’s top finisher in third at 20:11.5, followed by Devin Meyer, Jordan West, Matt League and Matt Parnham.

For the women, Baylor’s top two runners placed 14th and 15th, respectively.

"The guys had an all-around great day. They packed it in well. Devin did a great job pushing the pace. They ran a really smart race and it was great to see Matt League and Jordan West back in the fold. League and Matt Parham did a lot of work coming home to get up into that top five. It surprised me how hard they all went out, but they were feeling pretty good and are starting to get their feet under them. They all just reacted well to today and it is nice to come away with a W. The girls ran pretty well and got some good experience. They did a good job without their normal leadership. It is not the best result, but when you don’t run your top crew you kind of expect that." -- assistant head coach Jon Capron (From Baylor Bears dot com.)

Football

Dem Bears are still breaking records.

Slow to emerge from the off-season rock we all crawled under, the Bears are rubbing the sleep from their eyes while trying to find that “laser” focus. Much like the 2012 team, this year’s Bears seem to be struggling to coalesce. Brice Cherry from BearsExtra has this story along with video highlights from Campus insiders and ESPN.

Grobe chalked up some of his team’s slip-ups against Rice to the ignorance of youth.

“I think a lot of the issues we have are young guys,” he said. “They haven’t been out there a whole, whole lot.”

It’s a valid point. Baylor has a few babes in its woods, and certainly they’ve got to learn to crawl before they can walk. Some of those young’uns, particularly at the receiver position, have much to learn.

And yet the Bears aren’t lacking veteran geezers, either. This is where the Russells and Cannons and Orion Stewarts and Kyle Fullers must bridge the generation gap. Those guys have to show “laser” focus, and light the way.

WacoTrib’s John Werner has more on this slow start for the Bears.

Baylor didn’t become the nation’s most productive offense over the last five seasons by sitting in idle for the first 15 minutes of the game.

But that’s exactly what’s happened the last two weeks.

No. 21 Baylor failed to score in the first quarter in both their wins over SMU and Rice. The Bears pulled it together for a 40-13 win over the Mustangs and a 38-10 win over Rice to finish nonconference play with a 3-0 record.

But inefficient play early in games could begin to cost them as they open Big 12 play against Oklahoma State on Saturday at McLane Stadium.

“It’s definitely frustrating,” said Baylor quarterback Seth Russell. “We preach start fast, and we haven’t done that. But that’s just something for us to grow on. It’s an aspect of the game that we need to get better at.”

NewsOK has their preview of Baylor vs. Okie Lite posted.

Although untested in nonconference play, Baylor is unbeaten — a rarity in the Big 12. They've got a playmaking quarterback in Russell, a go-to receiver in Cannon and a dynamic run game led by the three-headed monster of JaMycal Hasty, Terence Williams and Shock Linwood. The Bears are good at home, too.

OSU is better tested and has an offense to match Baylor, which hasn't actually impressed in winning its first three games. The Bears haven't scored a first-quarter touchdown in either of their last two wins over SMU and Rice. Baylor's depth is a question mark, too.

Lady Bears Basketball

The Baylor women’s basketball team secured a high-profile commitment on Saturday when Legacy Christian Academy guard Alexis Morris announced on Twitter she will play for the Lady Bears. From WacoTrib.

Morris, a 5-foot-6 guard, averaged 25 points, 8.4 assists, 8.2 rebounds and 4.7 steals per game last season while leading Legacy, in Beaumont, to a runner-up finish at the 3A TAPPS state tournament.

Sexual Assault

The CW33 Newsfix asks the question: Are they happening more, or being reported more on campus?

It is the fraught reality facing college women in America: nearly one in four female students will experience some form of unwanted sexual contact.

We've seen the headlines across the country. From Baylor to the case of Brock Turner at Stanford, to more recent cases this month at the Universities of North Carolina and Southern California.

Conversations about a so-called "rape culture" loom large on college campuses today, and these students at UNC know that all too well.

"On some of the posts, there were a lot of negative comments about her, saying that it wasn't rape. And a lot of people went back and defended her, and it was really nice to see that while she was attacked, she was also defended very much so," said one student.

"My group of friends, we noticed that when it comes to an athlete, it's kind of like, people don't talk about it," said another.

But - these stories have made us wonder: have attacks increased or are more survivors coming forward to report their attacks?