The Baylor Lady Bears took home their third consecutive Big 12 Championship title last night, defeating Iowa State 75-47. Brittney Griner had 31 points and 5 blocks in the win, while Odyssey Sims had 20 points, including shooting 4-for-5 from three-point range. Brooklyn Pope had 4 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 steals while providing powerful defense, and Destiny Williams had 8 points, 4 rebounds, and a steal. Baylor is the first "Big 4" sport team to win the regular season title and the tournament title three years in a row. The Lady Bears now have a long layoff before beginning the "big dance" at home in Waco, and facing the challenges of the NCAA tournament.
Pierre Jackson was named First-Team All-Big 12 by the Associated Press yesterday, after being named to the second team by the coaches. He led the Big 12 in scoring and assists in the regular season, the and could be the first player in the Big 12 to accomplish that feat. Freshman Isaiah Austin was named to the AP second team, and is the only freshman from a "power conference" to have 10 double-doubles in the season. Named as an honorable mention, Cory Jefferson started all 31 games for Baylor this season, and leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage. The Bears take on the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the first round of the Big 12 Tournament this Thursday in Kansas City at 8:30 PM, and need to win this game and possibly one more to make it to the NCAA tournament.
Baseball hosts Houston today, needing to win to get back closer to .500 after being swept by Illinois last weekend. The Bears have a 87-61 advantage in the all-time series, but lost to Houston earlier this year in the Astros Classic. The game starts at 6:35 PM at Baylor Ballpark, and will be broadcast on 1660 ESPN Central Texas. After the game, Baylor plays eight of their next nine games on the road.
No. 38 Men's Tennis lost 6-1 to no. 1 Virginia yesterday, though Baylor stretched many of the matches into a third set and sophomore Tony Lupieri defeated 24th ranked Ryan Shane to earn the Bears' only point of the day. Baylor travels to Mississippi next to face the 8th-ranked Rebels on Thursday.