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Daily Bears Report 2/25/17 - 2017 Big XII Champion Lady Bears

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7th consecutive WBB Big XII Champions. Track & Field leads at Big XII Indoor Championship. MBB to visit Ames. National Champions Baylor A&T at Oregon. Tennis, Baseball and Softball.

NCAA Basketball: Oklahoma at Baylor Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s Events

2017 Big XII Champions

Lady Bears basketball will be celebrating their seventh consecutive Big XII Championship today in front of the home crowd inside the Ferrell Center as they take on the Lady Raiders at Noon today. Its Senior Day inside the Ferrell Center and Coach Kim Mulkey plans confetti and the whole celebration package for these seniors that have known nothing other than being a champion.

The Lady Bears clinched at least a share of the Big XII title as Texas lost at home to Iowa State on Friday. With a win today or on Monday against the Sooners, Baylor will win the conference championship outright.

OBF has the Our Daily Bears Game Preview and Gamethread up here.

Track & Field

Baylor Leads After Day One of Big XII Indoor Championship.

  • For the first time in program history, the Baylor women are in first place after the first day of action at the Big 12 Indoor Championship Friday at the Lied Recreation Center. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The women's squad racked up 38 points, including one Big 12 title and 10 All-Big 12 honors on the way to leading the meet by two points over Kansas State and six points over third-place Oklahoma. The point tally is four more than the Lady Bears had going into 2015's final day when they finished with a program record 105 points. BU's highest-ever team placing was second in 2014 (102 points).

The bulk of Baylor's points on the opening day came from three events - pole vault, pentathlon and the 5,000 meters.

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  • Since the formation of the Big 12 in 1996, Baylor’s track and field program has consistently ranked among the best teams in the country. From BearsExtra.

The Bears routinely compete for gold medals and records on the national stage. What has remained elusive, however, is a Big 12 team championship. Neither the Baylor men nor the women have brought home a Big 12 team title, indoors or outdoors, in the history of the conference.

Could this be the year? Baylor coach Todd Harbour fervently believes that his women’s team has as good a shot as ever.

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Lady Bears Recruiting

  • Two Baylor women’s basketball recruits, Alexis Morris and Didi Richards, were named to the 2017 Jordan Brand Classic roster on Thursday morning. From Baylor Bears dot com.

It is the second time the guards have earned All-American accolades, as they were named McDonald’s All-Americans on Jan. 16.

Baylor is one of six programs nationally to have multiple recruits recognized on the list. Two or more Lady Bear recruits have been named to each of the last three Jordan Brand Classic rosters (2016 – Lauren Cox, Natalie Chou; 2015 – Kalani Brown, Beatrice Mompremier).

Morris (5-6 point guard), a native of Beaumont, Texas, is a three-time Texas Association of Parochial Schools 3A Player of the Year, a 2016 USA Today All-Texas second team selection and a 2017 Naismith Trophy High School Midseason 25 honoree. The five-star recruit is the No. 6 ranked point guard and the No. 18 player overall in her recruiting class.

Richards (6-1 guard), a native of Houston, Texas, is a two-time All-District first team selection and was named to the 2017 Naismith Trophy High School Midseason 25 list. The all-time leading scorer at Cypress High School for both the girls and boys basketball programs is a five-star recruit, who is rated No. 4 among guards and No. 16 overall in her recruiting class.

The 2017 Jordan Brand Classic is played on April 14 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Tickets go on sale on March 3 at all Ticketmaster locations, online at ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000. Tickets are also on sale at the American Express Box Office at the Barclays Center beginning at 11 a.m. (CT) on March 4.

Man Bears Basketball

Baylor (23-5, 10-5) takes on Iowa State (18-9, 10-5) at 3:00 PM today. The game is in Ames and airs on ESPN.

Softball

  • It was only a matter of time before Baylor slugger Shelby Friudenberg busted loose. From BearsExtra.

Friudenberg blasted her first three homers of the season as No. 24 Baylor shut out Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, 4-0, and Massachusetts, 8-0, on the opening day of the Baylor Invitational on Friday at Getterman Stadium.

“I felt like I was in a slump at the beginning of the season, so coming out and starting off this tournament like that felt really great,” Friudenberg said. “I’ve been having to get in with Coach (Mark) Lumley recently and we’ve been working on staying in with the shoulder in and hitting, so that’s helped a lot and it felt more like a grapefruit today instead of a BB.”

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  • No. 24/25 Baylor softball (11-3) took back-to-back shutout wins on the opening day of the Baylor Invitational, posting a 4-0 win over SIUE (10-3) and an 8-0 win in six innings over UMass (2-5) on Friday afternoon at Getterman Stadium. From KXXV News Channel 25.

In the opening game with SIUE, the Lady Bears posted a four-spot in the bottom of the third, taking a 4-0 lead that would stand as the final score.

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  • Beginning Friday, Baylor will welcome in Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, the University of Massachusetts, and Saint Francis University in the Baylor Invitational Tournament. From Baylor Lariat.

On Wednesday Baylor softball head coach Glenn Moore won career game No. 800 when the Lady Bears swept a doubleheader against McNeese State.

Moore was appreciative of all those who have contributed to the accomplishment after the game on Wednesday.

“I never got a hit or threw a pitch in any of those 800, so I’ve got to thank my players and coaches for that,” Moore said. “I’m very proud of and blessed to have the opportunity to coach at the places I’ve coached. I’m certainly very happy to be at Baylor, and to have gotten most of those wins here.”

This weekend, Moore will have his first chance to add to it as the Lady Bears play host to the Baylor Invitational at Getterman Stadium.

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Tennis

  • The No. 10 ranked Baylor women’s tennis team (7-1) opened the weekend with a 4-2 victory over Miami (2-3) in Columbus, Ohio, on Friday afternoon. From KXXV news Channel 25.

Baylor grabbed the doubles point to jump ahead early. No. 18 doubles duo of senior Blair Shankle and sophomore Elizabeth Profit bested Dominika Paterova and Maci Epstein, 6-1, at No. 1 doubles, while senior Rhiann Newborn and junior Theresa Van Zyl called the doubles decision with a win over Ana Madcur and E. Perez-Somarriba, 6-4, at the No. 3 spot.

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  • Baylor’s 11th-ranked men’s tennis team will welcome Abilene Christian and UT Arlington for a doubleheader Saturday at the Hurd Tennis Center. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The Bears, who are 8-2 on the season and 3-0 in home matches, will host ACU (8-6) at 1 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. showdown with UTA (8-2). Baylor is coming off a 1-2 weekend at the ITA Indoor Team Championship, but owns a 3-0 record at home.

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Football

Baseball

  • Baylor baseball earned a 3-2 win in the series opener vs. South Alabama on Friday evening at Baylor Ballpark. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The Bears (6-0) used timely hitting a strong pitching to cool the Jaguars (4-1) bats.

With BU starter Nick Lewis and USA starter Randy Bell dealing, runs were hard to come by. However, the Bears struck first on the scoreboard and opened a big enough lead to stand.

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Acrobatics & Tumbling

After opening the season with a victory against the Quinnipiac Bobcats, the top-ranked and back-to-back defending national champion Baylor acrobatics & tumbling team will travel to Eugene, Oregon to take on the second-ranked Oregon Ducks (2-0) on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. CT on the Pac-12 Network. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The Bears (1-0) started the 2017 season with a victory on Feb. 12 over the Quinnipiac Bobcats, 281.11-272.70. After the strong start to the season, Baylor looks to keep the momentum going in a rematch of the 2016 national championship against Oregon.

“The team has been cleaning up some elements this week in practice,” said head coach Felecia Mulkey. “We have made some changes and increased our start values, but we want to do that with clean execution.”

In their season opener, Oregon (2-0) came away with a home victory over Hawaii Pacific 284.98-273.18, and then kept up the momentum with a road win on Feb. 19 over Quinnipiac 284.265-274.945.

“We are grateful and thrilled that the Pac-12 Network will be televising the meet,” said Mulkey. “It enables us to reach a broad audience and educate more people about our sport.”