Waco, Texas • Attendance: 8,894
I'm sitting in Bush's in Waco trying not to get grease on my keyboard. I had the privilege of driving down to Waco and watching the Lady Bears take on (8) Texas at the Ferrell Center.
When conference play started a month ago, I circled this game on my calendar as one I had to attend in person. Beating Texas is always great. Beating a ranked Texas is even better.
If I had to sum up the game in a single word, it would be control. Other than a brief time around the 10 minute mark, Baylor never felt out of control of the game. The Ladies came out and were ready to play. In this game, Texas has length in their favor, and were able to capitalize early, grabbing more rebounds than I am used to with this Baylor team. However, where this turn would frustrate me, the team kept playing their game and focused on getting the shots they wanted and not letting Texas dictate how the game would be played.
Throughout the game, but especially in the second half, Baylor was push hard and try to get the fast break. However, instead of trying to force the shot, the guard would pause, regroup, and work the ball around until the right player got the right look. With several runs, we almost forgot to cheer because it wasn't always driven by turnovers and fast breaks but by playing solid defense and focused offense.
As with most weeks, the game ball goes to Nina Davis. She plays with a confidence; she looks convinced she will make every shot or draw the foul. A player has 5 inches on her? She doesn't care. The ball is 10 feet away? Just run faster. She finished the game with 25 points and 6 rebounds. Niya Johnson continued a solid performance at the point, picking up 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 12 assists. Imani Wright had 11 points and 6 rebounds. While Khadijiah Cave only had 3 points, her 6 rebounds were key and she made her presence felt on the court. Last, Sune Agbuke had 4 blocks and was a force to be reckoned with under the rim.
I'm glad that I was able to be a part of this game and I hope that this victory rights the Baylor ship for 2015.