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Daily Bears Report 1/16/17

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Football turns four more recruits. Lady Bears butt stomp Jayhawks. Mens tennis on a roll.

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Today’s Events

Men's Tennis, vs Sherwood Cup, All Day

Track and Field

Baylor Lady Bears Basketball

With 0.2 seconds left and her team up by 49 points, Baylor's Alexandria Gulley was dribbling to run out the clock. While everyone was walking off the court, she was called for a travel. Associated Press Article From Baylor Bears dot com.

"I've been in late-game situations ... but not where we're shaking hands and have to come back and do it," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said Sunday.

"The ref's got to call what he's got to call. It's the right thing to do. If she walked before the clock went out, we should have had to do what we did," she said.

That violation was about the only thing the No. 2 Lady Bears got wrong.

Kalani Brown scored 16 points, Nina Davis added 15 and Baylor throttled Kansas 92-43.

The Lady Bears (17-2, 6-0 Big 12) ran out to a 10-0 lead in the first four minutes and were up by 23 at halftime.

Baylor had seven field goals in the third quarter to just one for Kansas (6-11, 0-6). With a 38-point lead heading into the final 10 minutes, Mulkey took out all of her starters.

"That's what you teach: 'Don't look at the clock, don't look at the score,'" Mulkey said. "I've got enough depth where you challenge each of them to go out there and just keep rotating players in. That's the luxury that I have with this basketball team is that we're pretty loaded at all positions."

Lauren Cox had 13 points and Alexis Prince for 12 for Baylor.

Jessica Washington scored 15 for Kansas and Kylee Kopatich had 11.

"In my opinion, and I think as you talk to my counterparts around the Big 12, there's a lot of people that believe that this is the best Baylor team that Coach Mulkey and her staff have assembled," Kansas coach Brandon Schneider said. "And that's saying a lot because they've won some national championships. I think that they're obviously a Final Four favorite-caliber team."

Baylor has won 23 straight regular-season conference games, with its last Big 12 loss coming at Oklahoma State in last season's conference opener.

Kansas has lost 24 straight regular-season conference games, dating to last season's Big 12 opener against Oklahoma.

With big wins over TCU and Kansas this week, expect Baylor to stay firmly cemented in its second-ranked spot next week. No. 1 UConn has a stranglehold on the top ranking and it doesn't appear Baylor will be upward bound anytime soon.

Baylor is still looking for a challenge in conference play. Through the first five Big 12 games, the Lady Bears have demolished their opponents by an average of 34.2 points.

Baylor returns home for a two-game stint at the Ferrell Center. It hosts Iowa State on Wednesday.

Still searching for its first Big 12 win, Kansas hosts West Virginia on Wednesday.

Men’s Tennis

  • Baylor men's tennis continued its winning ways Sunday at the Sherwood Country Club to get two singles players and a doubles tandem into the Sherwood Collegiate Cup’s finals. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The 44th-ranked Max Tchoutakian moved to 4-0 in singles, but was pushed to three sets for the first time in the tournament. The senior Bear lost the first set 6-4 to UCLA’s Evan Zhu, but rebounded to win the match with victories in the second (6-1) and third (6-4) sets.

BU’s other singles semifinalist, Juan Benitez, cruised into the final with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph against Joseph DiGiulio of UCLA.

Meanwhile in doubles semifinal action, Benitez and Tchoutakian teamed together to blank UCLA’s Ben Goldberg and Logan Staggs, 6-0, to advance to the finale.

The only loss for the Bears on the day was Constantin Frantzen and Bjoern Petersen in the other doubles semifinal match as they fell 6-3 to USC’s Robbie Bellamy and Jake DeVine.

Baylor will have its second-straight Sherwood singles champion as Julian Lenz won the title in 2016.

On Monday at Sherwood Country, Benitez and Tchoutakian will square off in the doubles final first against USC’s Bellamy and DeVine at 12 p.m. CT.

Following that match, the BU duo will battle in the singles finale.

For more information on the Baylor men's tennis team all season long, follow the team's official Twitter and Instagram account: @BaylorMTennis.

Women’s Tennis

  • Baylor women’s tennis concluded National Collegiate Tennis Classic play on Sunday. The Lady Bears finished opening weekend with a 5-3 record in singles and an 0-1 mark in doubles, including two wins over nationally ranked opponents. From Baylor Bears dot com.

Senior Rhiann Newborn highlighted the day with a thrilling consolation singles win over Giulia Gludetti of Wichita State, who is ranked No. 93 nationally in the Oracle/ITA Women’s National Rankings as of Jan. 4. Newborn recorded a win in the first set, 6-4, and was edged in the second, 7-5. After battling back and forth through a lengthy third set, she came out on top, 12-10, to secure the final victory.

Fresh off of an upset of the No. 32 ranked player in the country, sophomore Karina Traxler fell in the third round of the singles main draw to Angela Kulikov from the University of San Diego, 6-0, 6-0.

Baylor only doubles duo of freshman Angelina Shakhraichuk and Newborn in action at the tournament fell in their first match of the season, 6-3, to a strong team made up of Gabby Andrews and Kristin Wiley of UCLA. The Lady Bears faltered, converting just one of four deuce points.

“For Rhiann and Karina, getting ranked wins on opening weekend should be a confidence boost. They know if they work hard and stick to the game plan we lay out for them that they are capable of winning against anyone. We have a bright future if we keep sticking with the game plan.” – Assistant coach Chris Frusci.

“Rhiann had a physical battle for sure today, which given her physical ability she made it through a long match. She stuck to the game plan and battled through it. It was a little over two-hour match, it was definitely physical, and she willed her way to that win.” – Assistant coach Chris Frusci.

“It’s going to be great to get into the dual match atmosphere because it is completely different than the individual tournaments. It’s a team event, the atmosphere is great and playing at home is a bonus. McNeese State played us tough last year and I think if we execute what we’ve been practicing and working on we’re going to have some success. Either way it’s exciting to open the dual season and I know the girls are very excited for it. It’s what the spring is all about for us.” – Assistant coach Chris Frusci.

Baylor opens its home slate with a dual-match double header on Sunday, Jan. 22, at Hurd Tennis Center in Waco, Texas, weather permitting. The Lady Bears open the day against UTRGV at 12 p.m. (CT) and conclude action against McNeese State at 3 p.m.

Football

  • After a big on-campus recruiting weekend, the Baylor football program made a major haul by landing four verbal commitments on Sunday. From BearsExtra.

The new 2017 commitments included Henderson wide receiver Trestan Ebner and three offensive linemen: DeSoto’s Xavier Newman, Alief Taylor’s Eleasah Anderson and Frisco Independence’s Jason Moore.

Sunday’s recruiting blitz gave the Bears 12 commitments in the 2017 class, including 11 since Matt Rhule became head coach in early December.

The 6-0, 188-pound Ebner is a a four-star recruit by Scout.com. He had previously committed to TCU before backing out in December after Baylor offered him a scholarship.

“I like everything about Baylor – it has been my dream school since I was young,” Ebner said. “They’ve got an amazing coaching staff. Coach Rhule keeps it real and is smart and knows football, and makes sure you’re treated right. I will bring big playmaking ability and explosiveness.”