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Daily Bears Report 2/26/17 - 2017 Big XII Track Champs and Basketball Champs

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Baylor’s Women Win Big XII Championships in both Track and Basketball. A&T tumbles to Oregon. MBB falls to ISU. Plus Golf, Tennis, Baseball and Softball.

Today’s Baylor Events

Men’s Golf

  • No. 11-ranked Baylor men’s golf is headed to the Querencia Cabo Collegiate, which runs Sunday through Tuesday in Querencia, Mexico. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The tournament will be played on the par-71, 6,928-yard course at Los Cabos Querencia.

Eleven of the 15 teams in the field are ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the latest GolfStat rankings. The field includes No. 1 Vanderbilt, No. 5 Georgia, No. 10 Oklahoma State, No. 11 Baylor, No. 18 Wake Forest, No. 19 Texas, No. 21 Duke, No. 26 Arkansas, No. 29 Mississippi, No. 30 Florida State, No. 46 Washington, California, Houston, Rice and South Florida.

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Tennis

  • The 11th-ranked Baylor men's tennis team continued its dominant start to the 2017 regular season with a 4-0 sweep over Abilene Christian, and then a 4-1 victory UT-Arlington Saturday at the Hurd Tennis Center. From Baylor Bears dot com.

"Tough win. I was really proud of how Tyler closed out some of the points for us down the stretch. In singles we had some trouble in a few spots. We were a long way from getting to four, waited to see where our next point was coming from, but I was proud of Jimmy for securing the match point." -- head coach Matt Knoll on the UT Arlington

"These preseason matches are really important. We’re a young team, I think we only have one senior and the rest are sophomores and freshmen. Every time someone plays, they get better no matter what. If they win or lose, they’re going to improve every time we have eyes on the court. Our team is improving a lot and that’s exciting." -- sophomore Jimmy Bendeck on the team’s improvement.

The Bears will now host the UCF. The match is set to take place on Monday at 3 p.m. at the Hurd Tennis Center.

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  • The No. 10 Baylor women’s tennis team (6-1) continues its string of road matches, taking on No. 2 Ohio State (9-1) today at 11 a.m. in Columbus, Ohio. From Baylor Bears dot com.

“We have big challenges coming up and I want to see our program continue to make strides on the road,” head coach Joey Scrivano said. “We have progressed well so far, but there is still work to be done. It is important for us to stay mentally tough, focus on the process and keep building for May.”

In their last meeting on March 5, 2016, in Waco, the Buckeyes defeated the Lady Bears, 4-0. Ohio State and Baylor are tied, 2-2, in the all-time series.

Softball

  • No. 24/25 Baylor softball (13-3) saw its win streak grow to seven games, taking a 7-4 win over Saint Francis (9-4) and edging out a 3-2 win over UMass (2-7) on Saturday at Getterman Stadium. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The pair of wins moves BU’s record in the Baylor Invitational to 4-0, securing a spot for the Lady Bears in the tournament title game.

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“Well, we know there’s going to be a time in Division I softball where a pitcher is going to be a little more vulnerable. She started out really dominating and throwing really well. We got to that point where we had enough of a cushion for her, and that’s what we expect out of our offense – to build the lead to a point where our opponent can’t overcome it. Three runs is a lot of runs in our sport, so I thought she threw a great game overall.” – Baylor head coach Glenn Moore, on Selman’s game in the circle.

“Just throwing strikes is making it a lot simpler for me. With the defense I have behind me, like Cargill at third – just literally anybody out there – I know they’re going to go all out and make plays. So that makes it 10 times easier just to keep it simple and throw strikes.” – Baylor pitcher Kelsee Selman, on improving control and confidence.

The Lady Bears will face SIUE (11-3) in the Baylor Invitational championship on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 12:00 p.m. at Getterman Stadium.

Baseball

  • Baylor baseball rallied for a 10-9 win over South Alabama on Saturday afternoon at Baylor Ballpark in a game that featured four lead changes. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The Bears (7-0) overcame a four-run deficit in the seventh inning to take the series from the Jaguars (4-2) with a chance for a sweep Sunday.

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“There’s something to be said about the kids that just find a way to help your team win. This group is talented in their own right, but also has a lot of qualities that help teams win. Right now both are showing and getting us off to this good start, but we still have a long season ahead.” – Head coach Steve Rodriguez.

Baylor finishes the series vs. South Alabama Sunday at 12:05 p.m. CT on FOX College Sports Central.

Lady Bears Basketball

  • Just five days ago, the Baylor Lady Bears' unprecedented run of consecutive Big 12 championships seemed to be in jeopardy of ending at six. Story by Baylor Bear Foundation’s Jerry Hill from Baylor Bears dot com.

Already down a game in the standings, they trailed Texas by 11 at halftime and lost senior guard Alexis Jones in the first half with a severely bruised knee. Things couldn't have looked much worse.

But somewhat miraculously, Baylor (27-2, 16-1) got some help along the way and clinched its seventh regular-season conference championship with an 86-48 win over Texas Tech Saturday afternoon before a Ferrell Center crowd of 7,055.

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Highlights vs. Texas Tech

Postgame

Man Bears Basketball

The loss moves the Bears to fourth in Big 12 play.

Baylor made it close late. Al Freeman nailed a 3-point shot, then Johnathan Motley threw down a dunk. Baylor trailed just 62-61. But Deonte Burton banked in a 3-point shot on the next possession. Good defense, but not much you can do. The story of the day and how Baylor lost a tough one in Ames.

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Track and Field

  • In dominant fashion, the Baylor women's track and field team captured the first Big 12 Championship title in program history Saturday at the Lied Recreation Center. The BU women scored a program record 129.5 points to claim the team crown over second place Texas (100). From Baylor Bears dot com.

The Bears used five individual event champions, four runner-up event finishes and 19 athletes, who recorded 28 All-Big 12 performances over two days of action to secure the trophy.

Baylor came into the final day leading the meet, but didn't keep that position throughout Saturday as Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Texas all owned the team lead at different points of the day as results rolled in from field and track events. However, the Bears retook the lead for good at the conclusion of the 200 meters and expanded on it over the course of the final three events.

On the men's side, Baylor had two event champions with a total of 13 athletes earning 18 All-Big 12 honors. The Bears finished with 68 points and seventh in the team standings.

“It is very, very humbling. I don't know if I have the right words to describe it. We worked very hard for this for a few years now. To get it done actually is pretty special. I am excited for the group of young ladies and the staff. It is a special moment and hopefully we will win a few more, but getting the first one is always going to be a special memory. Our ladies believed and fought hard all the way through it. Across the board, every event coach had athletes that contributed in a big way." - head coach Todd Harbour on winning the women's team title.

"George (Caddick) and Maxwell (Willis) had amazing days. We had some guys that stepped up huge. They fought hard. Obviously the 4x4 didn't turn out the way we wanted it to, but they will use this and be a lot better outdoors." - Harbour on the men's team

Baylor currently has nine entries into the NCAA Indoor Championships. Taylor Bennett (200m & 4x4),Leticia De Souza (400m & 4x4), Kiana Hawn (4x4), Cion Hicks (shot put), Kiana Horton (4x4), Aaliyah Miller (800m) and Annie Rhodes (pole vault) are scheduled to represent the women on the national stage, while George Caddick (400m) and Max Willis (60m & 200m) give the Bears three entries on the men's side into the NCAA field. The NCAA Indoor Championships are scheduled for March 10-11 in College Station, Texas.

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Acrobatics & Tumbling

  • The top-ranked and defending national champion Baylor acrobatics & tumbling team (1-1) suffered their first loss to the second-ranked Oregon Ducks (3-0), 285.025-277.900, in a rematch of last year’s national championship. From Baylor Bears dot com.

The Bears got off to a slow start, losing the compulsories 38.60-37.90, but got back on track by winning the acro event and cutting the Ducks lead to 67.50-67.15. The Ducks slightly edged Bears in the pyramid event and took a 96.85-96.45 lead into halftime.

The Ducks picked up right where they left off to start the second half, narrowly edging the Bears in the toss and tumbling events to extend their lead to 184.725-183.900 heading into the final event. The Ducks sealed the victory with a strong performance in the team event, edging the Bears 100.30-94.00, to win the matchup 285.025-277.900.

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“We did not have our best day today, but credit to Oregon as they executed very well. We made some mistakes and have room to improve. We will get right back to work this week and we’re excited about the rest of the season.” – Head coach Felicia Mulkey.

The Bears will travel to Glenville, West Virginia for a matchup against Glenville State (1-1). The meet will take place on Tuesday, March 7, at 6:00 p.m. CT.

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