The Bears have touched down in Glendale, Arizona, as we draw closer to the Fiesta Bowl on January 1st. Baylor had a literal red carpet rolled out for them as they arrived for their debut appearance in the bowl, and a full welcoming party of bowl reps, bowl queens, and mariachi musicians. If you're in Glendale just waiting for the game to start, there's no shortage of attractions to pass away the long hours until January 1st.
Art Briles' Bears are in the Fiesta Bowl because their success in finding "hidden gems" through recruiting, such as runningback Shock Linwood and receiver Antwan Goodley. This success has taken Baylor from frequent doormat to Big 12 Champions, and the role of frequent favorite, while nice, is not the end goal for Art Briles.
The 9th-ranked Lady Bears host McNeese State on Saturday in their final game of 2013, facing the Cowgirls at 7:00 p.m. in the Ferrell Center. Senior guard Odyssey Sims leads the team with 30.4 points a game, both the national and Big 12 best scoring average, while also averaging 5.3 assists a game. Big 12 Freshman of the Week Nina Davis averages 16 points and 7.3 rebounds a game, only bettered in rebounding by junior post Sune Agbuke, who pulls down 8.2 boards an outing.
Women's golf added two student-athletes to their roster for the spring season, the program announced Tuesday. Both Louise Gateau-Chovelon and Allison Kuntz will have four years of eligibility starting in January. Gateau-Chovelon is an experienced French amateur, with a top-five finish in the 2012 Championship of France, and Kuntz transferred to Baylor after a semester at Winthrop in South Carolina.
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