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Dunk of the ages. Holmes out for season. Lady Bears home for 3rd game in 5 days. Volleyball sweeps Big XII awards.

NCAA Basketball: Texas A&M CC at Baylor Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Pray for Scout Marie and Family

Daughter of Lady Bears head coach asks for prayers for unborn daughter, Makenzie Fuller, the daughter of Lady Bears head coach Kim Mulkey, is asking for prayers for her unborn daughter who, she says, is “fighting for her life every day.”

Today’s Events

Women's Basketball, vs Central Arkansas, 7:00 PM CT, Gametracker, Listen, Watch

Lady Bears Basketball

No. 3/3 WBB Hosts Central Arkansas Tuesday - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, The No. 3/3 Baylor Lady Bears are back in action for the third time in the last five days with a Tuesday, Nov. 14, contest against the Central Arkansas Sugar Bears at 7 p.m. (CT) inside the Ferrell Center.

No. 3 Lady Bears ready for 3rd game in 5 days | Lady Bears Basketball | wacotrib.com, The No. 3 Lady Bears play their third game in five days against Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. Tuesday inside the Ferrell Center.

How Kim Mulkey and Baylor landed the top recruiting class in the country - Swish Appeal, NaLyssa Smith, who has a 3.4 GPA, is interested in studying communications.

And once she committed, she put her communication skills to use, texting DeCosta with the following message:

"Let's shock the world!"

Smith also knew Egbo and told her simply: "Come to Baylor!"

When DeCosta and Egbo committed to Baylor, Smith said she was "probably more excited than coach Mulkey."

Smith didn't know Bickle or Scott-Grayson initially, but the five started a group text and have become close.

Mulkey said she spent five years recruiting Smith, who averaged 23.2 points, 17.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks as a junior.

"She is one of the most versatile players in the 2018 class," Mulkey said in a statement. "NaLyssa has the ability to play and defend every position on the floor."

Man Bears Basketball

MBB Races Past Texas A&M-Corpus Christi - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Manu Lecomte scored 23 points as the Baylor men's basketball team defeated Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, 70-46, Monday night at the Ferrell Center.

Lecomte 23 points for No. 25 Baylor in 70-46 win over A&M-CC - NY Daily News, Manu Lecomte scored 23 points and No. 25 Baylor pulled away from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi for a 70-46 win Monday night.

Baylor's Nuni Omot gave us the first big dunk of the college basketball season - SBNation.com, Is anyone else getting Blake Griffin flashbacks right now?

NCAA Basketball: Texas A&M CC at Baylor Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

College Sports: Dunk of the year? Baylor's Nuni Omot makes statement with monster dunk vs. Texas A&M Corpus Christi | SportsDay, Omot becomes dunk of the year candidate.

Baylor men use second half dominance to earn second win, KWTX, The Baylor Bears improved to 2-0 on the season Monday night with a 70-46 win over Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

Bears Push Past Islanders 70-46 - Our Daily Bears, After a slow first half, Baylor’s offense woke up to pull away from TAMUCC

Baylor wins second straight to start season, KWTX Video, Bears beat Islanders 70-46

Football

Baylor WR Gavin Holmes suffers season-ending leg injury, DieHartds, Baylor wide receiver Gavin Holmes' MRI is not until later on Monday, but the freshman is almost certainly out for the year.

Turnovers lead the Bears to fall once again | The Baylor Lariat, Baylor football (1-9) fell 38-24 Saturday to Texas Tech (5-5) with turnovers plaguing the Bears.

The Bears out-gained the Red Raiders 523 to 337. However, with four turnovers, several of which came in the red zone, the Bears struggled to keep the Red Raiders from scoring.

It wasn’t just the defense that let Baylor down against Texas Tech. The special teams contributed to the Red Raiders success as junior wide receiver Keke Coutee took the opening kickoff back for a 92-yard touchdown.

Baylor head coach Matt Rhule said that the team needed to keep in mind that the two offenses cancelled each other out, but it was the costly mistakes on special teams and turnovers that ultimately doomed the Bears.

Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Kyle Kempt 'day-to-day' with Baylor Bears looming, With Iowa State quarterback Kempt dealing with an undisclosed injury, Cyclones coach Matt Campbell said Monday he will probably know by Wednesday if Kempt is able to face Baylor on Saturday.

NOTEBOOK: Matt Campbell on quarterback situation, JaQuan Bailey, Trever Ryen, Baylor | Sports | iowastatedaily.com, Coach Matt Campbell shares his thoughts on key injuries and key factors for the upcoming Baylor game this Saturday.

Zeb Noland continues Cyclones' amazing quarterback story | News OK, Redshirt freshman Zeb Noland one of three Cyclone quarterbacks to direct touchdown drives against OSU.

Volleyball

Volleyball Jumps to No. 19 in AVCA Coaches Poll - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, After a top-15 win on the road last Saturday, Baylor volleyball jumped to No. 19 in the AVCA Division I Coaches Poll Top 25 Poll Monday afternoon.

No. 23 VB Chalks Up Another Program-High RPI Ranking - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, For the second-straight week, No. 23 Baylor volleyball collected its highest RPI ranking in program history, earning the No. 17 spot in the standings released by the NCAA Monday morning.

Baylor Volleyball Sweeps Big 12 Weekly Awards - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, For the first time in program history, Baylor volleyball swept the Big 12’s weekly awards, announced by the conference office Monday afternoon.

Baylor volleyball jumps in polls, sweeps Big 12 weekly awards | Baylor Volleyball | wacotrib.com, Fresh off an enormous win over then No. 11 Kansas last weekend, the Baylor volleyball team leaped to No. 19 in the AVCA Division I Coaches Poll, a season best.

No. 23 Volleyball Sweeps No. 11 Kansas in Lawrence - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, No. 23 Baylor volleyball (21-5, 11-2 Big 12) earned its fifth consecutive win with a 3-0 sweep over the 11th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks (21-5, 10-3 Big 12) Saturday afternoon at Horejsi Family Athletics Center in Lawrence, Kan., 25-17, 25-21, 25-18.

Cross Country

Cross country falls short of NCAA Championships bid | The Baylor Lariat, Baylor men’s and women’s cross country finished ninth and third respectively at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships Saturday in College Station.

The top two teams on each side receive automatic bids to the NCAA Championships competition, as well as the top four runners for each non-qualifying team.

Sophomore Anna West and junior Lindsey Bradley took third and fourth place, respectively, in the women’s 6,000-meter race to qualify for the NCAA Championships. West posted a 19:40.0 and Bradley finished in 19:42.3 as both earned All-Region distinctions.

Campus Safety

Baylor Receives Praise for Implementing 105 Title IX Improvements - Campus Safety, A new report from Title IX experts who investigated Baylor for violations says the school has successfully implemented all of its recommendations.

Those Who Lift

ksdk.com | Making a Difference: Runner lifts up cheerleader whose dad was away in military, In cheerleading, as in life, it's always good to be around people who lift you higher.

Though she's only 10, no one knows that better than Addie Rodriguez, who was born with spirit in her veins. She started cheerleading for two reasons-- first, because she thought it was a fun thing to do after school, and second, because she was looking for a distraction.

Her dad, Abel Rodriguez, is in the military. As a senior airman, he's served in both Iraq and Afghanistan as part of a security force.

There was one person who didn't understand what all the fuss was about. That one person was Matthew Garcia.

In that moment, Matthew gave Addie wings.

To this day, he'll tell you what he did was just a little thing. But for one family, it meant everything.