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NCAA Womens Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Lexington Regional - Baylor vs Oregon State Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Easter

After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb.

There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “April fools,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him.

Easter great time for new resolve in life, faith, WacoTrib, Easter 2018 finds Christianity in crisis. As Americans mark the resurrection of Christ , some Christians fear their faith is under societal siege. Others wonder if Christianity isn’t so much . . .

Plenty of spots to see Texas bluebonnets despite 'average' crop, TheEagle, The Wildflower Watch page at visitbrenhamtexas.com includes a map to public bluebonnet fields in and out of town where it's safe to park. Several large fields behind businesses in Brenham are flush with blossoms that make fine backdrops for portraits. More rustic scenery is easy to access at Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park, between Brenham and Navasota, and Old Baylor Park in Independence.

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Women’s Athletics Emphasis

Baylors Emphasis On Womens Athletics Paying Off - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, (In celebration of women’s history month, Director of Sports Journalism Jerry Hill focuses on the overall success of Baylor’s women’s teams and the development of strong female leaders throughout the department.)

Graduating from a school where the women’s basketball team actually played in a different arena than the men, I can certainly recognize and appreciate how much of an emphasis Baylor places on women’s athletics.

And maybe just as important, how much emphasis it places on having women in leadership roles – administrators, head coaches, assistant coaches, trainers, athletics performance coaches, academic advisors – in every area of the student-athletes’ lives.

“What attracted me to Baylor was a student-athlete-centered approach,” said Deputy Athletics Director Dawn Rogers, “but what really sold me was the breadth and depth of the commitment to the women at Baylor. Our student-athletes are surrounded by aspirational role models.”

Vice President and Director of Athletics Mack Rhoades sees that commitment as non-negotiable. In less than 20 months on the job, Rhoades has brought in Rogers as one of his senior administrators; promoted Callie Schrank to Associate AD and Athletics Chief of Staff; added Jovan Overshown as Associate AD for Engagement; hired Monique Marsh-Bell as Assistant AD for Mental Health Services and Carrie Rubertino-Shearer as Director of Rehabilitation Services; and bumped Deedee Campbell up to the Assistant AD level in the Student-Athlete Center for Excellence.

“For our department to achieve our mission of preparing our student-athletes beyond their time with us, it is imperative that we have a well-rounded and diverse set of leaders to provide guidance for our student-athletes,” Rhoades said. “An essential part of that is the presence of strong female coaches and administrators.”

Track & Field

Baylor women's 4x400 claims Texas Relays gold; BU men third, WacoTrib, AUSTIN — The Baylor women’s 4x400-meter relay team zipped to a win at the Texas Relays on Saturday, closing out a solid meet.

Track & Field Closes Out Texas Relays with Event Title - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Baylor track and field added another event title to cap off the final day of the Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays Saturday at the Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.

Equestrian

Baylor equestrian finishes 3rd at Big 12 tournament, WacoTrib, The Baylor equestrian team dropped its two matches in the Big 12 tournament on Friday and Saturday to finish third behind Oklahoma State and TCU.

No. 7 Baylor Equestrian Shutout at Big 12, Collects Postseason Honors, KWTX, No. 7 Baylor equestrian (5-8) dropped a hard fought 12-8 decision to No. 5 TCU and fell 13-7 to No. 3 Oklahoma State on Saturday at the Turning Point Ranch, hosted by the Horned Frogs in Springtown.

Oklahoma State Wins Big 12 Equestrian Championship, BigXIISports, Cowgirls take home four MOPs, team title in Springtown

Lady Bears Basketball

Baylor's Mulkey left out of 2018 Hall of Fame class, WacoTrib, Kim Mulkey, head coach of the Baylor women’s basketball program, was a finalist for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. However, Mulkey was not announced as a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame 2018 class.

Notre Dame vs. Mississippi State makes for perfect women's title game, USAToday, This year's NCAA women's tournament reflected a growing parity and a rising class of exciting stars in the women’s game.

Mississippi State-Notre Dame in women's basketball national title game, USAToday, Notre Dame hasn't won it all since 2001, while Mississippi State eyes its first title after a runner-up finish last year. Who will cut down the nets?

NCAA women's national championship game: Watch Notre Dame vs. Mississippi State, CBSSports, The Irish will take on 1 seed Mississippi State in the championship game

Mississippi State Bulldogs defense must slow down Notre Dame Fighting Irish offense, MechelleVoepel, Nine teams, including Notre Dame in 2011 and '12, have beaten UConn in the NCAA tournament but then fallen short of a national title. To avoid that fate a third time, Notre Dame will have to overcome a Vic Schaefer-designed defense.

Baseball

Baseball Swept at Oklahoma in 6-1 Loss - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Baylor baseball came out on the wrong end of a 6-1 decision vs. Oklahoma on Saturday evening at Mitchell Park. The Bears (13-12, 3-6) had an early run but the Sooners (20-10, 6-0) used a big fourth inning to complete the series sweep.

Oklahoma baseball: Sooners sweep Baylor with 6-1 win, OUDaily, The Sooners (20-10, 6-0) earned a sweep of Baylor (13-12, 3-6) with a 6-1 win on Saturday afternoon.

Oklahoma mutes Baylor bats, completes series sweep, TheEagle, NORMAN, Okla. – A Big 12 season that started with such promise is trending in the wrong direction for Baylor.

Softball

Sooners complete sweep over Baylor, win 22nd straight, NormanTranscript, It took until the 19th inning of the series for Baylor to score, and when it happened, it seemed like Oklahoma didn't even care.

Sooners complete three-game sweep of Lady Bears, TheEagle, Oklahoma has the deepest and most talented pitching staff in NCAA softball, but a prolific Baylor offense never thought it would score just one run throughout an entire series.

April Fools

Famous OBF Quote: Art Briles is still counting his millions, still unemployed, still waiting for the phone to ring.

Why the NCAA's sexual assault policy stops short of punishment, Waco Trib, In October of 2016, not long after a sexual assault scandal at Baylor swept out the football coach, athletic director and president of the university, the NCAA convened a commission to combat campus sexual violence.

The commission crafted a policy focused on educating athletes and coaches and ensuring athletic departments were following school policies regarding the handling of sexual assault allegations. The commission’s proposal was adopted by the NCAA board of governors last year.

Since then, Michigan State has become embroiled in a horrific scandal involving a former athletic department doctor, Larry Nassar, who has been convicted of molesting dozens of women, including many Spartans athletes.

NCAA leaders see the association as an agent of culture change, trying to curb a problem that goes beyond athletics. Others want the NCAA to take a more active role, putting rules in place that would ban individual offenders from competing in college athletics and sanction schools that fail to weed out potential predators. That is highly unlikely.

“This is a systemic issue in society and certainly on campuses regardless of whether it’s student-athletes or not,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday at the Alamodome, site of Saturday’s Final Four. “On that score, the NCAA and the Board of Governors in particular have been more engaged than any other higher education entity. In fact, we’re providing leadership to the rest of higher ed right now on trying to figure out how to deal with these issues in advance and prevent them, rather than just always coming in after the fact and imposing some kind of punishment or solutions afterwards.”