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Daily Bears Report 11/19/2017 - Sic ‘em Soccer in Sweet Sixteen

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Soccer vs. Notre Dame, Volleyball vs. West Virginia, WBB struggles in LA, football red zone juju is still bad trusting the 1960’s process.

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Today’s Events

Cross Country

West Earns All-America Honors at NCAA Championship - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Baylor women's cross country sophomore Anna West posted the program's ninth All-America honor by finishing in the top 40 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday morning in Louisville, Ky.

Soccer

Baylor soccer faces Notre Dame in Sweet 16 | Baylor Soccer | wacotrib.com, Following five straight wins, the Baylor soccer team has extraordinary confidence heading into Sunday’s Sweet 16 game against Notre Dame at 6 p.m. at Ellis Field in College Station.

“We have been talking about it all year, we feel like we can compete or beat everybody in the country, and down the stretch they have proven that,” said Baylor coach Paul Jobson. “They know it, but now they are proving it to everybody else and everybody is seeing what a quality team this is and the fight and the desire they have to put it all out there for everybody.”

SOC Squares off with Notre Dame in Sweet 16 - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, No. 23 Baylor soccer (14-5-3, 4-4-1 Big 12) can add another historic win to its already remarkable 2017 season, facing Notre Dame (10-6-5, 5-3-2 ACC) on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 6:00 p.m. at Ellis Field on Texas A&M campus in College Station.

How Sweet It Is: Irish Prepared to Face Baylor :: Notre Dame Women's Soccer :: UND.COM :: The Official Site of ND Athletics, For the 11th time in the past 14 seasons, the University of Notre Dame women's soccer team is dancing to the NCAA Sweet 16.

The Irish (10-6-5) are scheduled to face unseeded Baylor (14-5-3) at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday at Ellis Field.

Coming off the program's fourth-ever draw in NCAA play, the Irish will try to knock off the Bears and advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2012. Notre Dame will be up against a Baylor team that won the Big 12 Championship and is ranked No. 23 in the country by the United Soccer Coaches.

Volleyball

Preview: No. 19 VB Closes Big 12 Road Slate at West Virginia - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, No. 19 Baylor volleyball (22-5, 12-2 Big 12) looks for its seventh consecutive Big 12 victory as it travels to West Virginia (16-11, 4-9 Big 12) for a Sunday showdown at noon CT inside WVU Coliseum.

WVU Closes Home Slate vs. No. 19 Baylor - West Virginia Athletics, The West Virginia University volleyball team closes its 2017 home regular-season slate on Sunday, Nov. 19, as the Mountaineers take on No. 19 Baylor at 1 p.m. ET inside the WVU Coliseum.

West Virginia (16-11, 4-9) and Baylor (21-5, 11-2) meet for the 15th time since 1986, with the Lady Bears boasting an 11-3 all-time advantage in the series. Sunday's contest marks the second meeting of the season between the two squads, as Baylor picked up a 3-0 sweep over the Mountaineers on Oct. 7, at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas.

West Virginia has not competed since its five-set win over Big 12 foe Texas Tech on Nov. 11. The Mountaineers rallied to earn the win in set scores of 18-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-17 and 15-11. Behind 25 kills from sophomore outside hitter Payton Caffrey, the Mountaineers hit .231 with 58 kills on 147 total swings. Senior middle blocker Mia Swanegan also had 10 blocks, as the Mountaineers posted 16.0 team blocks in the win.

Lady Bears Basketball

No. 3 Lady Bears Fall at UCLA - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, A View from the Hill, Kalani Brown had 33 points and eight rebounds, but the Baylor Lady Bears fell on the road at UCLA, 82-68.

Playing without their head coach and second-leading scorer, the third-ranked Baylor Lady Bears (3-1) suffered their first loss of the season, falling to the No. 8 UCLA Bruins, 82-68, Saturday afternoon at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.

Even without Cox, the Lady Bears dominated the rebounding battle, 45-31, getting a monster game from 6-7 junior All-American Kalani Brown with 33 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Alexis Morris had 11 points in her first start, but guards Kristy Wallace, Natalie Chou and Didi Richards were just 2-of-16 from the floor.

​"There's just no substitute for experience in games like this," said associate head coach Bill Brock, who filled in for Mulkey on the bench. "They'll be better the next time. . . . I know we live in a microwave world and we'd love to just push a button and get experience quick or take some kind of pill and get some experience. But, that just doesn't happen."

​"I just felt like we handled the situation about as good as you could. We handled it head-on," Brock said. "Yeah, your youth showed up at times today, but that's all correctible. . . . We got the game back to 62-58 with about seven minutes to go, and we just did not handle the last seven minutes very well. Some of that was our mistakes. A lot of it is UCLA is a very mature team, they knew when to step up the pressure, they capitalized on our mistakes and they're to be commended for an outstanding performance today."

"You look at our team, we'll be different come March," Brock said. "Right now, I just want to get back home safely, let these young people take a deep breath and relax for a day, and then we'll come back Monday and try to work and improve."

No. 7 UCLA beats No. 3 Baylor for first time since 1996, USA Today, Baylor came in leading the nation in shooting percentage at 61% but was limited to 40% from the field.

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey wasn't with the team after her daughter Makenzie Fuller lost her baby, which had two life-threatening birth defects and would have been the coach's first grandchild. Associate head coach Bill Brock ran the team in her absence.

Baylor starting forward Lauren Cox wasn't with the team after being hospitalized with complications of diabetes. The sophomore scored 21 points against Central Arkansas on Tuesday and got sick the next day. Athletic trainer Alex Olson said Cox's symptoms of dehydration, nausea and vomiting were caused by strep throat. She had diabetic ketoacidosis, a serious complication in which the body cannot produce enough insulin. Olson said Cox is out of the hospital and resting. She's listed as day-to-day and the team is hopeful she can return soon.

"The life lessons that these kids had thrown at them this week, that's some big-time adult stuff to have to deal with," Brock said.

"Basketball is really secondary to everything's that been going on in our program this week," he said.

"It's been a very emotional week," Brock said. "A tough game for me to coach because I'm a parent and have two daughters and my oldest just went through childbirth and had some difficulties herself. It just broke my heart to go see Makenzie in the hospital.

Football

Iowa State beats Baylor 23-13 on Baylor's senior day, KWTX, The Baylor Bears lost their final home game of the season to Iowa State, 23-13,. That means no home wins for the Bears for the first time in 48 years.

Baylor finishes the home slate 0-6, failing to win at home for the first time since their winless 1969 campaign.

Turnovers costly in Baylor's 23-13 loss to Iowa State | Baylor Bears Football | wacotrib.com, Baylor took football back to the 1960s with their time consuming drives and conservative play calling.

Baylor Iowa State college football score, recap Nov. 18, 2017 | Fort Worth Star-Telegram/AP’s Stephen Hawkins, The Bears (1-10), who have started 11 true freshman this season, last lost 10 games in 1999.

Iowa State defeats Baylor 23-13 on senior day | The Baylor Lariat, The Bears (1-10) recorded another loss this season, losing 23-13 against the Iowa State Cyclones (7-4).

“We’re starting to get more first downs, but I just think we’re really struggling once we get inside the 30- or 20-yard line,” Brewer said. “So we need to fix that. Can’t fix that, it doesn’t really matter what we’re doing before that.”

Baylor will conclude its season with a game against rival TCU at 11 a.m. Friday in Fort Worth.

What Matt Rhule said after Baylor's 23-13 loss to Iowa State, DieHards, “That’s 5 turnovers in the red zone over the past two weeks; haven’t been able to put people away like we should.”

Iowa State football sets records, survives at Baylor | The Gazette, A record-breaking day nearly ended in disaster for Iowa State on Saturday. Allen Lazard broke Todd Blythe's career receiving yards record . . .

Football Falls to Iowa State on Senior Day - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, JaMycal Hasty rushed 17 times for 86 yards, but the Baylor Bears dropped a 23-13 decision to Iowa State Saturday on Senior Day at McLane Stadium.