clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Daily Bears Report 1/4/17

New, 22 comments

Spotlight on Alexis Prince. Dave Campbell Recaps Cactus Bowl. Men’s and women’s basketball play today. Another Big XII Weekly Award.

NCAA Womens Basketball: UCLA at Baylor Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s Events

Football

Somebody said it couldn’t be done; actually, a whole lot of people, including the so-called experts, said the Baylor Bears, losers of six straight football games, couldn’t beat the Boise State Broncos in their Tuesday night (Dec. 27) Cactus Bowl showdown in Phoenix, Ariz. After all, winning bowl games in Phoenix just seems to be what the Broncos do. They beat Oklahoma there (43-42 in double overtime) in the Fiesta Bowl in 2017, TCU (17-10) in 2010, and U. of Arizona (38-30) in 2014. Story By DAVE CAMPBELL, Founder and Editor in Chief of Texas Football Magazine, from Baylor Bears dot com.

So they were 7-point favorites to beat the Bears on two days after Christmas Day of 2016. Indeed, some of the Las Vegas tout sheets thought they would win by a bigger margin than that.

But they didn’t. They didn’t come close. Baylor led from wire to wire. It was 7-0 at the end of the first quarter, 14-6 at halftime. 24-6 at the end of the third quarter, and 31-12 when the final whistle sounded. By then the 33,328 shocked spectators had been convinced. And likewise ESPN’s audience of millions.

College Sports: 5 burning questions for Baylor football in 2017: What will Bears look like under Matt Rhule? | SportsDay, As the Rhule Era starts at Baylor, there will be burning questions begging answers. Here's five of them.

BREAKING: Baylor Announced as Homecoming Opponent in 2017 - Cowboys Ride For Free, Man I’m already amped.

Men’s Basketball

Baylor junior guard Manu Lecomte has been named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Men’s Basketball Newcomer of the Week, as voted on by a panel of media members and announced Monday by the conference office. From Baylor Bears dot com.

It was Lecomte’s third Big 12 weekly award of the season and the second time he was named Newcomer of the Week. Lecomte was previously honored with the newcomer award in the season’s first week on Nov. 14, and he was named Big 12 Player of the Week on Dec. 5.

Lecomte joins Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., who was named Newcomer of the Week on Dec. 19, to give the Bears three newcomer honors in the same season for the fifth time in program history. The school record is four newcomer awards during the 2012 season, and the Bears won the honor three times in 2002, 2010 and 2011.

Lecomte is one of 21 players in program history to win the league’s Newcomer of the Week award, and those players have combined to earn the recognition 33 times, with 26 of those coming in the last 13 years under Scott Drew. Continue reading . . .

  • Baylor’s No. 2 national ranking is the highest in program history, but the players and coaches didn’t throw a party when Monday’s Associated Press poll came out. From WacoTrib.

They see it as just one more signpost on a journey they hope leads them to their first national championship.

“All it is is people’s opinions,” said Baylor guard Jake Lindsey. “The games get settled on the court where people’s opinions really don’t matter. At the end of the day, we have four seasons to take care of. One of them (nonconference) we took care of, we’re in the middle of the second one, then you have the conference tournament and the NCAA tournament. You want to make sure you take care of business in each one, and you can’t let them bleed into the others.”

Despite utilizing that lineup to near-perfection for the final 13 minutes of a come-from-behind win over Texas Tech last Friday, ISU coach Steve Prohm still views its employment as situational, not as an identity.

"I just think it's game to game," Prohm said at his weekly press conference Monday. "For us to be great, we need Deonte (Burton) to be terrific for us. We need Darrell Bowie, we need all those (post players) to play well.

"If we have to play four guards, we're working on it more. I think we're more in sync with it to where we can do good things with that. Some games are going to lend itself where you can.”

Ted Vid Hype Video

Peterson: Baylor is matchup nightmare for speedy-but-small Cyclones, What happens Wednesday at third-ranked unbeaten Baylor and 6-foot-10 Johnathan Motley and 7-footer Jo Lual-Acuil hanging out wherever they want?

ISU basketball: Cyclones looking for best of Burton at Baylor | Basketball | wcfcourier.com, AMES — Deonte Burton has all the physical tools you would want in a basketball player.

Tom Keegan: Two big roadblocks stand in way of 13th consecutive Big 12 title for Kansas | KUsports.com, "I anticipated that," Self said of Baylor leapfrogging KU. "I think they were (three) behind us going into this last weekend and they were far more impressive than we were so that doesn’t surprise me at all. They deserve where they’re at. If anything, that won’t be motivation for us against K-State, obviously, but that will get our guys riled up."

Acuil makes his presence known - The Chanute Tribune: Sports, Former Neosho County Community College forward Jo Acuil thought he’d never play in another college basketball game again, but he has returned to the court with a vengeance during his redshirt junior season for the Baylor Bears.

Women’s Basketball

The No. 2/2 Baylor Lady Bears have their first Big 12 road contest of the year at No. 17/16 West Virginia this evening. The game will be broadcast live on FS2 at 6 p.m. (CT).

Fans can watch this evening’s game live on FS2 with Ron Thulin (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLengen (analyst) on the call. Live audio is also available on the Baylor Sports Network, IMG College and 92.9 FM in Waco. Rick May (play-by-play) and Lori Fogelman (analyst) will call the action.

Baylor and West Virginia each enter Wednesday's game with a 13-1 record on the season. The Lady Bears' lone loss came on the road at then-ranked No. 3/2 Connecticut, 72-61, on Nov. 17, 2016. The Mountaineers' 13-game winning streak came to an end at Kansas State, 86-71, on Jan. 1, 2017.

  • Wallace, Prince and Davis have started every game this season. Look for tonight to be no exception and add Alexis Jones. The fifth starter will likely be Brown but Mompremier or Cox could just as easily wind up with the starting role. It just really doesn’t matter who started once Coach Mulkey deploys the juggernaught of depth, talent and experience waiting to burst from the bench.
  • WVU Head Coach Mike Carey dished a heaping helping of praise on the second-ranked Baylor Lady Bears basketball team (13-1, 2-0 Big 12) that tangles with his WVU squad at 7 p.m. ET tonight at the Coliseum. From The Dominion Post.

“Since I’ve been in the Big 12, this is by far their best team and deepest team,” Carey said.

Even better than the Brittney Griner-led Baylor teams that dominated the conference from 2010-’13?

“This is a better team,” Carey insisted. “This team has the capability to win the national championship. They are very, very good and very, very deep.

“If we do not have a great effort, it is going to be a long, long night. Hopefully we have some pride, and we want to redeem the way we played the other night.”

WVU faces tough test in second-ranked Bears | WVU SPORTS | theet.com, MORGANTOWN — If No. 17 West Virginia is going to be a factor nationally this season, it must bounce back against perhaps the best women’s college basketball.

Spotlight on Alexis Prince

Alexis Prince came back from the Baylor women’s basketball team’s holiday break not much different than any of her teammates. From WacoTrib.

To a player, they all seemed to be mostly in shape after a 12-day break. To a player, they all still had very much the same attitude that carried them to an 11-1 record before Big 12 play.

But it was Prince, a 6-foot-2 senior guard with a career beset by injuries, who caused the most stir.

Somehow, she’d lost weight over the break, earning some good-natured ribbing from her coaches and teammates that led coach Kim Mulkey to a bigger point about Prince.

Finally, after five years, she’s finally getting to show exactly what type of player she can be.

“She’s in the best shape she’s ever been,” Mulkey said. “She looks like she’s probably lost weight, which I don’t know if that’s a good thing, but it probably is for her feet. She’s just playing with a lot of confidence. Continue Reading . . .

  • "Alexis Prince is unbelievable defensively," Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey said. "We talk about the game, and we should, but you've got to look at things like that. . . . To do what she's doing on the offensive end, and then to ask her to defend the better players on the other team, don't let that go unrecognized." From Our Daily Bears.

Kansas leading scorer McKenzie Calvert was guarded 1 on 1 by 6-foot-2 Alexis Prince on the perimeter and went 1-10, for 2 points, and that came late in the third quarter.

But the No. 16-ranked prospect in the ESPNU HoopGurlz 100 is ready for the next step in maturing as a person and as player, and she believes Baylor is the best place for that.

“Basically at the end of the day when (Mulkey's) in her face, is she willing to step out of her comfort zone?" said Kimberly Davis Powell, Prince's Essence club team coach. "She said 'I'm willing to take that chance.' She knows she needs to be pushed. She's willing to take the chance to be great."

  • Alexis Prince Named Gatorade Florida Girls Basketball Player of the Year, CHICAGO (March 8, 2012) — In its 27th year of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with ESPNHS, today announced Alexis Prince of Edgewater (Orlando, Fla.) as its 2011-12 Gatorade Florida Girls Basketball Player of the Year. Prince is the first Gatorade Florida Girls Basketball Player of the Year to be chosen from Edgewater High School. From MaxPreps dot com.

The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court, distinguishes Prince as Florida's best high school girls basketball player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year award announced in March, Prince joins an elite alumni association of past state girls basketball award-winners, including Candace Parker (2003-04, 2002-03, & 2001-02, Naperville Central HS, Ill.), Diana Taurasi (1998-99 & 1999-00, Don Antonio Lugo HS, Calif.), Maya Moore (2005-06 Collins Hill HS, Ga.), Rashanda McCants (2004-05, Asheville HS, N.C.), Shyra Ely (1999-00, Ben Davis HS, Ind.) and Lisa Leslie (1988-89, Morningside HS, Calif.).

The 6-foot-2 senior wing led the Fighting Eagles to a 28-4 record and the Class 6A state championship this past season. Prince averaged 19.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.6 steals, 3.1 blocks and 2.6 assists per game. A McDonald's and Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-American selection, Prince shot 51.7 percent from the field, 37.9 percent from 3-point range and 72.6 percent from the free throw line. An invitee to the 2010 USA Basketball Women's U17 World Championship Team trials, she helped her Essence Amateur Athletic Union squad to the semifinals at this past summer's Nike Nationals.

Alexis Prince Baylor Athletic BIO

  • • Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team (2015)
  • • Preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention
  • • All-Big 12 Freshman Team (2013)
  • • Big 12 Freshman of the Week (Jan. 7)
  • • Preseason Big 12 Freshman of the Year

INTANGIBLES...

Graduated on December 19, 2015, began coursework for graduate degree in sport management ... Traveled to Brazil in May 2015 as part of Baylor Sports Ministry's 44-member mission trip ... Played on the 2012 USA U18 National FIBA Americas U18 Championship gold medal (5-0) team in Gurabo, Puerto Rico ... Started four games, played a team-high 132 minutes (26.4 mpg) ... Averaged 10.6 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting 49.0 percent from the floor, led the team in steals with 15 and also dished out 11 assists ... Received Central Florida's SPORTYS award as region's high school athlete of the year ... Has twice undergone surgery on both feet for stress fractures, once after freshman season and on Jan. 10, 2014.

2015-16 [JUNIOR]...

Earned the team's Comeback Player of the Year Award ... Injured right knee in practice (Nov. 17) underwent arthroscopic surgery on (Nov. 19) for torn lateral meniscus, also cleaned up some cartilage damage ... Missed 14 games ...Started 15 of the 24 games she played in, including the last 13 games ... Tallied double figure scoring in three games ... Averaged 6.0 points a game ... Hauled down a career-high 13 rebounds vs. Auburn ... Scored 9 pts., was 3-4 from the floor (2-3 from 3-pt.) in NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinal win over #17 Florida State ... Hauled down a game-high and career-high 13 rebounds in BU's NCAA Championship second-round victory over Auburn ... Produced 10 pts., 4 reb. and a steal in Big 12 Championship semifinal victory over No. 24 Oklahoma ... vs. Scored 10 pts., all in the second half, and added 6 reb. in Big 12 Championship quarterfinal win over Texas Tech ... Scored 10 pts., all in the secon half, Tallied a season-high 9 reb., added 9 pts., season-high 5 assists and and played a season-high 32 min. at K-State ... Recorded a career-high 5 blocks (all in the 1st quarter) vs. No. 17 Oklahoma State, also added 2 steals ... Solid game at Texas Tech, started third game of the season and tallied 7 pts., 6 reb, 2 blocks and 2 steals ... Produced her second double-figure scoring effort of the season with 14 pts. vs. Kansas, also added 3 reb. 2 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals ... Tallied 8 pts., 5 reb., 4 assists in 19 minutes of action vs. Texas Tech ... Returned to the court vs. TCU (1/9), played 10 minutes ... Led BU in scoring vs. Southern Miss with 16 points, 13 of which came in second half ... Recorded a career-high, team-leading 5 steals vs. UT Arlington.

2014-15 [RS-SOPHOMORE]...

Started 31 of 37 games as a redshirt sophomore ... Tallied 14 points and eight rebounds vs. Northwestern State in first round of NCAA Championship ... Named to Big 12 Championship All-Tournament team ... Recorded 13 points, including three treys, three rebounds and a steal in Big 12 Championship final vs. Texas ... 12 points, six rebounds and three assists vs. OSU ... Scored 12 points off the bench vs Texas Tech, also garnered two steals ... Recorded first career double-double with 16 points and career-high 11 rebounds vs. Oklahoma, also added three assists, two steals and a block ... Tallied nine points, six rebounds and a team-high and career-high-tying two blocks at #20 Texas ... Scored a game-high 18 points vs. K-State ... Solid game vs. No. 8 Texas with eight points, three rebounds, two blocks and two steals ... Scored 13 points at K-State ... Career highs in both rebounds (7) and assists (7) and added a career-high-tying two blocks vs. Prairie View A&M ... Tallied seven points, four rebounds and two blocks vs. #18 Michigan State ... Hauled down a career-high-tying six rebounds vs. #19 Syracuse ... Scored a career-high 20 points and hauled down a career-high six rebounds vs. SFA, was 9-11 from the floor, including 2-3 from 3-point range ... Was 4-of-6 from 3-point range, finished with 12 points vs. Stetson ... Scored a season-high 14 points vs. Utah State ... Registered six points, five rebounds, two assists and two steals in victory over Oral Roberts.

2013-14 [SOPHOMORE]...

Played in four games, started in two, but underwent season-ending foot surgery on Jan. 10, 2014 ... Solid game vs. McNeese State with 8p/5r/3a/2bl ... Tallied season-high nine points vs. Houston Baptist, was 4-5 from the floor ... After being sidelined with a left foot injury, saw first action of season, playing one minute, in BU's quadruple overtime loss to #5 Kentucky, scored two points ... Was not slated to play but all other BU players had fouled out ... Medical redshirt.

2012-13 [FRESHMAN]...

Played in 34 of 36 games, the two she missed were due to injury, averaging 13.9 minutes a game, the highest of all BU freshmen ... Missed Lamar game with a stress reaction in right foot ... Tallied then-season/career- high 12 points vs. UT Martin ... Led the team in rebounding vs. Liberty with five ... Earned first career start at No. 5 Notre Dame, scored Baylor's first five points ... Scored a team-leading, career-high 17 points vs. Southeastern Louisiana, also hauled down a career-high-tying five rebounds and recorded a career-high four steals ... Scored seven points in 12 minutes of action at TCU ... Recorded first Big 12 double-digit effort with 11 points at No. 25 Iowa State, nailed a career-high three treys ... Was a perfect 3-3 from the floor vs. No. 20 Oklahoma ... Another perfect shooting game at OSU, 3-3 from the floor, including 1-1 from beyond the arc, also registered a block and a steal ... Was 3-4 from the floor, including 2-3 from beyond the arc, vs. Texas, 9p/1a ... Tallied 10p/3r/3a/2b vs. TCU ... Turned in fifth double-digit scoring effort of career/season at Oklahoma with 12, also added three rebounds, three assists and a block ... One of five named to Big 12's All-Freshman team.

HIGH SCHOOL...

Was a four-year starter at Edgewater High School in Orlando, Fla., missed most of junior season due to injury (stress fracture in right foot) ... As a senior, led the Eagles to the Florida Class 6A state title and a 28-4 record ... Averaged 19.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 3.6 steals, 3.1 blocks and 2.6 assists per game ... As a senior, earned numerous honors: Parade Magazine, McDonald's and WBCA All-American, Gatorade Florida Girls Basketball Player of the Year, Miss Basketball for the state of Florida, MaxPreps All-America (third team), Florida Basketball Coaches Association Queen of the Court ... Named MVP of the McDonald's All-American game after posting 15 points and nine rebounds for the East team ... Tallied five points and three rebounds for the Navy team in the WBCA All-America game ... Named all-state as a freshman (second team), sophomore (first team) and senior (first team) ... Three time first team all-metro selection ... Also played middle blocker on the school's volleyball team for four seasons, earning MVP honors as a senior ... Received Edgewater's Scholar-Athlete Award ... Member of the National Honor Society.

PERSONAL...

Full name is Alexis Sade' Prince ... Daughter Monica Prince of Eatonville, Fla. ... Born Feb. 5, 1994, in Jacksonville, Fla. ... Has two sisters, Kristin and Zariah ... Selected Baylor over Kentucky, LSU, Maryland and Oklahoma ... Chose Baylor because coach Mulkey is a great coach with a lot of experience and she can develop me into the best player possible ... Hobbies include listening to music and hanging out with cousins ... Health, human performance major ... Plans on playing professional basketball after graduation ... Played AAU ball for Essence with former BU teammate Niya Johnson ... Named to 2012 USA Basketball Women's U18 National Team ... Participated in the 2010 USA U17 World Championship Team trials and the 2009 USA U16 National Team trials ... Volunteers in the community with the National Honor Society, Every Kid Outreach and Boys and Girls Club.