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Basketball and Tennis Sweeps. Track sets new indoor world record.

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Today’s Events

Men’s Tennis

  • The 22nd-ranked Baylor men's tennis team began its 2017 regular season with dominating 7-0 sweeps over Incarnate Word and then Grand Canyon University Saturday. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The Bears had planned to play outside, however due to inclement weather, the matches were moved to the Hawkins Indoor Tennis Center.

MATCH ONE

The Bears reeled off two easy wins to clinch the doubles point against the Antelopes. First, Will Little and Johannes Schretter won their match, 6-2, at the No. 2 position. Meanwhile on court three, Juan Benitez and Jimmy Bendeck clinched the opening point with a 6-1 win.

After the opening point went to the Bears, Max Tchoutakian and Bjoern Petersen came up short, 7-5, at the No. 1 spot in the only loss of the day.

The Bears rolled the early momentum over to singles with Petersen produced a 6-0, 6-1 victory at the No. 4 spot. The fast start continued at the top of lineup as the 44th-ranked Tchoutakian dominated Joey Vatanadilok, 6-0, 6-3, to stake the Bears to a 3-0 lead. To clinch the match, Little bested Nedim Ahmic, 6-0, 6-2, on court five.

With the match in hand, BU picked up straight set victories from Constantin Frantzen (6-1, 6-2), the 81st-ranked Bendeck over No. 108 Francisco Bendana, 6-2, 6-2, and Schretter (6-4, 6-3) at the No. 2 spot to complete the sweep.

MATCH TWO

In the second contest of the day, the Bears cruised to a victory in the doubles point with wins from the pairings of Tchoutakian and Benitez, 6-2, at the No. 1 spot, and then a 6-1 triumph for Petersen and Frantzen on court two.

With the point decided, Bendeck and Schretter took a 6-2 win at the bottom of the lineup.

In singles, Petersen carded the first BU win by powering past Justin Cvitanovic, 6-2, 6-2, on court five. Frantzen followed with a 6-4, 6-4 decision over Gregoire Balenci at the No. 6 spot to put the Bears on the brink of the victory.

The 44th-ranked Tchoutakian clinched the match for BU with a 6-3, 6-4 victory against Francois Musitelli on court two.

With the match decided, Benitez (6-3, 7-6(5)), the 81st-ranked Bendeck (7-5, 6-3) and Schretter (6-3, 6-4) all produced straight-set victories to lock up the shutout.

Juan Benitez is 6-0 on the season in singles play.

Johannes Schretter has won three-straight singles matches.

• BU didn't lose a set in singles play on the day, winning all 12 matches in straight sets.

"That match was really good for us. I'm very proud of our guys for stepping up a level and handling all the challenges." -- head coach Matt Knoll on Grand Canyon.

"Everybody is really pumped up, super energetic and we've bonded really well and always hangout off the court and I think it's really special." -- redshirt junior Will Little on the team.

The Bears will now travel to College Station to take on No. 16 Texas A&M. The match is set to take place on Saturday, Jan. 28th at 2 p.m.

Men’s Tennis Highlights

Track and Field

  • Baylor's track and field team closed out the Rod McCravy Memorial with three more event titles, a world-leading time and a school record Saturday at Nutter Field House. From Baylor Bears dot com.

Freshman Aaliyah Miller blazed to a world-leading 800-meter time of 2:03.43 to win the event by .61 seconds. Miller's mark, which is second-fastest in school history behind Olicia Williams' 2015 time of 2:03.21, reached far beyond the BU record book.

According to research by Erik Boal of DyeStat, Miller's time is believed to be a college freshman indoor record and top 30 all-time among NCAA Division I performers. The last freshman to break 2:04.0 in the indoor 800 was BYU's Lacey Bleazard, who ran 2:03.91 in the 2009 NCAA prelims on her way to winning the title.

Miller's time is also No. 4 all-time on the American Junior indoor performer list behind only Mary Decker (2:01.8), Ajee' Wilson (2:02.64) and Mary Cain (2:02.75).

To close out the meet, the women's 4x400-meter relay of Taylor Bennett, Kiana Hawn, Kiana Horton and Leticia De Souza produced a school-record time of 3:32.09 to place second in the event. That time bettered the previous school record of 3:32.26 run by Carla Grace, LaKadron Ivery, Danielle Myricks and Angel Perkins at the NCAA meet in 2005. The quartet's time is also second-best in the country for the current season and BU's season-best after a time of 3:34.00 last week.

Freshman Max Willis picked up another event victory in the 60 meters. A week after winning the Texas A&M Team Invitational, the first-year Bear sprinted to a win in 6.65, which is the sixth-fastest time in the NCAA currently. Willis placed fourth in the prelims with a mark of 6.79 and improved on that time by .14 seconds in the final.

In her second meet back from injury, Brianna Richardson picked up another victory. She won the triple jump competition on her final attempt with a leap of 42-8 [13.00m], which is ninth-best in the NCAA.

Meanwhile, Rachel Toliver was fifth with a top jump of 40-11.5 [12.48m].

"Today was a really big day across the board. I still haven't quite processed it all, but our triple jumpers did great. Cion (Hicks) had another big throw. I think we had six total wins and a school record by the ladies in the relay. That was huge. Maxwell's 60-meter win was impressive. I think that kind of got everybody going. That was early and I think when he did that you could just see the excitement that it generated." - head coach Todd Harbour on the second day of competition.

"With Aaliyah I was hoping for 2:04 and she goes and runs 2:03, which just blew us away. She went out in 58.5 (400 meters) and 1:31 (600m) were her splits, which is just incredibly impressive." - head coach Todd Harbour on Aaliyah Miller.

The Bears will take next week off, before heading back to College Station, Texas, for the Charlie Thomas Invitational on Feb. 3-4.

COMPLETE RESULTS . . .

  • Baylor freshman Aailyah Miller seems to be having no trouble making the transition to college track and field. From BearsExtra.

Miller clocked a world-leading time in the 800-meter dash, one of three event titles Baylor’s track and field team claimed on Saturday to close the Rod McCravy Invitational.

Miller ran 2:03.43 to win the race, the second-fastest indoor time in school history behind Olicia Williams (2:03.21). According to research from DyeStat, the mark is believed to be an NCAA record for a freshman.

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Tennis Reload

What that team lacked more than anything was depth. “Everybody knew, ‘I’m playing,’’’ said Scrivano, who solved that problem by bringing in three newcomers to join the five returners from last year’s lineup.

“The years that we are at our best, there’s a competitive culture,” he said. “Now, when you have that competition, you actually practice harder, you compete in practice and you’re more coachable, because you know all those details will affect whether you get playing time or now. It becomes a real blessing when you actually earn the spot. When you know you’re going to play, the details don’t matter as much.”

Matt Knoll has a similar situation with the men’s team, which failed to make the NCAA Tournament Round of 16 for the first time since 2001. Easily the Big 12’s most dominant team over the previous 15-plus seasons, the Bears finished 16-15 overall and tied for fifth in the sixth-team league at 1-4, also suffering a second-round loss at Georgia.

“We played with four players last year, that’s tough,” Knoll said. “Last year, we did a great job of kind of getting over ourselves around spring break time and getting on with the show, and then we started to really improve. If we can start to really improve as a group now, then by the end of the year we’re going to be pretty good.”

After reloading, including Scrivano bringing in a pair of newcomers at midyear, both teams will open dual-match play this weekend. The men kick it off with matches on Saturday against Incarnate Word and Grand Canyon at 1 and 6 p.m., respectively, with the women hosting UTRGV at noon and McNeese State at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Hurd Tennis Center.

“I don’t want to act like dual matches are playing on Mars, but they’re a little different,” said Knoll, who added a pair of freshman from Germany, along with bringing back two players who were out last year.

“It’s nice to get a dual match in as a new player and get a feel for what that’s about and the team dynamic. That will give us a chance to get our feet on the ground. Certainly, the tennis at Sherwood was really high-level tennis, which is great. But, this format is a little different, so I think it will help us.”

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Lady Bears Basketball

The last time was on Nov. 17, when they were tied with four-time defending champion Connecticut on the road with about seven minutes to go before falling, 72-61.

On Saturday, No. 24/23 West Virginia was trying to play the spoiler role on the road, pulling within four in the fourth quarter. But, with the game on the line, Nina Davis and Kristy Wallace calmly sank six straight free throws to help Baylor (19-1, 8-0) pull out a 79-73 win before a crowd of 6,462 at the Ferrell Center.

"Late in the game, there were some things we did," said Baylor coach Kim Mulkey, whose Lady Bears won their 17th straight overall, 25th in a row in league play and 53rd consecutive home game. "You wanted the right people shooting it, things you called, and we did do it. . . . we made some defensive stops. When you have a tight game, usually it's those one or two things that are the difference in the game - a defensive stop, a big rebound. I thought we did, at the end of the game, do that to hang onto the win."

This was a far cry from the Lady Bears' 35-point blowout in Morgantown 17 days ago. Baylor had won its previous seven conference games by at least 23 points and by an average margin of 35.1 points.

West Virginia coach Mike Carey, whose team fell to 15-5 overall and 3-5 in the Big 12, said the difference Saturday was the Mountaineers just "played hard."

"It's a shame," Carey said. "I told the players after the game here, I'm disappointed. We expect to win. But I don't get half as upset. We just didn't execute. They executed better than we did down the stretch, but we played hard. Against Baylor the first time, and we've had several games where we just didn't play hard. And it really is a shame, because you saw at times we can be as good as anybody. We've just got to continue to play hard."

Mulkey echoed Carey's comments, telling the West Virginia coach, "Mike, if your kids played like this, you wouldn't have five losses."

"I've always said that about his team. They have length on the perimeter, they have a ball-handler that runs the show, they have size inside, they have athleticism," Mulkey said. "They guarded us. They made everything we tried to do difficult."

While Baylor shot 45 percent from the field and won the rebounding battle, 42-38, the Lady Bear guards struggled all day with dribble drives by the West Virginia guards. Forward Teana Muldrow led her team with 20 points and eight boards, with guards Tynice Martin, Chania Ray and Katrina Pardee combining for 42 points.

"It's hard to guard anybody one-on-one," Mulkey said. "We just had no flow today on the secondary defenders helping on the drives. We'll get in the gym Monday and fix it. It's hard to guard people that are good one-on-one. But, it's the secondary defender, the help side, that we weren't very good helping each other. How many times did you see one guy go help and the guy on the other side didn't help the helper?"

Men’s Basketball

That wasn't the case Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 7,276 at Schollmaier Arena.

Down by two at the break and still trailing with under five minutes to play, the second-ranked Bears closed with a 15-5 run and pulled away late for a 62-53 victory over the Horned Frogs for their third win in a row and third on the road in Big 12 play.

"The day after the game, it's amazing how drained everybody is. I hope fans enjoy it, because we're worn out," said Baylor coach Scott Drew, whose team improved to 6-1 in the Big 12 and 18-1 overall, the best 19-game start in program history. "I thought in the second half, we did a better job guarding the (3-point) arc. That was big. The second thing is we did a better job rebounding down the stretch. And we were able to execute and make free throws."

Junior point guard Manu Lecomte drained three first-half 3-pointers, then hit 4-of-5 free throws in the last 45 seconds, scoring a team-high 17 points. The 1-2 inside punch of Johnathan Motleyand Jo Lual-Acuil added 15 and 11 points, respectively, and hit 11-of-24 from the floor.

"They came out and played us real tough," said Motley, who added eight rebounds, two assists and one steal. "In the first half, they kind of got the best of us. In the second half, we picked it up back. I think we picked up the intensity and played harder and got the (win)."

News Clippings

No. 2 Baylor women win 17th straight, 79-73 over No. 24 WVU | Miami Herald, Alexis Jones and second-ranked Baylor can take some blows and keep on winning.

No. 2 Baylor maintains home winning streak after outlasting No. 24 West Virginia | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, The Lady Bears extended its home winning streak to 54 games after beating the Mountaineers.

No. 6 Baylor uses late spurt for 62-53 victory at TCU, Manu Lecomte scored 17 points and sixth-ranked Baylor beat TCU 62-53 Saturday night in a game that was back-and-forth for most of the second half until a late run by the Bears.

TCU vs. Baylor men's basketball recap January 21, 2016 | The Star-Telegram, The Horned Frogs connected on just 29.3 percent of their shots from the field and watched a back-and-forth game swing decisively in Baylor’s favor over the final 4:16 in front of an overflow crowd in Schollmaier Arena.

Joy of Baylor win a faded memory | WVU SPORTS | theet.com, MORGANTOWN — How long ago was it when West Virginia beat No. 1 Baylor?

Baylor's 'Immortal Ten' remembered with bridge dedication - KXXV-TV News Channel 25 - Central Texas News and Weather for Waco, Temple, Killeen |, A memorial event for Baylor University's "Immortal Ten" is being held on Sunday in Round Rock.

Round Rock celebrates the 90th anniversary of the Immortal Ten | KCENTV.com, The city of Round Rock is holding a memorial event to honor the 90th anniversary of the death of 10 Baylor students after a tragic bus-train collision on January 22, 1927.

Temple Safety Ashton Logan Commits To Baylor - TexasHSFootball, January 21 Photo via John Glaser, TexasHSFootball.com Baylor snagged an excellent local prospect in Temple's Ashton Logan on Wednesday.

Scandal News

In the increasingly antagonistic jockeying and jousting between the Baylor University Board of Regents and the donor-led, alumni-infused Bears for Leadership Reform, a disturbing new reality is looming: The more that regents dismiss proposals, overtures and even the legitimacy of the BLR, the more that regents reinforce growing perceptions about their own insularity and irrelevance in the battle over how Baylor restores confidence in its leadership. From Waco Tribune Herald.

This is damning, coming amid legal challenges involving sexual assault and administrative indifference regarding student victims. During a news media teleconference Wednesday, Houston attorney John Eddie Williams, for whom the football field at McLane Stadium is named, and former BU regent Randy Ferguson outlined a plan of regency reform including term limits and changes allowing Baylor alumni to elect up to 10 regents rather than three — steps that would make regents more accountable. Notably, the BLR resisted a perennial question from the press: Which regents are by now so conflicted and so failed that they must depart the scene to pave the way for any restoration of alumni confidence?

By week’s end, after Baylor regents released their own proposal of board reforms to the Trib, Williams had stepped up his criticism, inching closer to naming certain regents as contributing to not only Baylor’s current scandal through questionable actions but threatening the transparency so desperately needed in Baylor’s future.

  • Baylor University regents will vote next month on a set of bylaw amendments meant to rebuild trust in the school’s fractured community. From WacoTrib.

The proposals, which include new voting privileges for regents representing specific groups, an expanded website with information on the board and a rigorous selection process for regents, do not include a measure to open board meetings to the public, for which a prominent group of alumni is pushing.

The proposed amendments are based on a 30-page report by a governance review task force of three regents and three non-regents. The task force started its work in November and, from the outset, acknowledged a perception of micromanagement and secrecy by the board, according to the report.

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Patty Crawford's experience at Baylor shows why Title IX enforcement is a hard job - Houston Chronicle, Patty Crawford's experience at Baylor shows difficulties of enforcing Title IX requirements on college campuses Crawford made headlines in October after she resigned from her position at Baylor, then spoke publicly about the challenges she faced at the school. During her time there, the Pepper Hamilton summary was released, pointing out the school's failures when it came to handling sexual assault. On Saturday at the South Texas Law Center, Crawford - along with her lawyer Rogge Dunn - spoke to participants at a Law and the Media seminar about her experience at Baylor and the backlash she has faced since resigning.