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Daily Bears Report 03.04.2013


The Lady Bears take on Kansas State in the Ferrell Center tonight on Senior Night, the last regular season game for Brittney Griner, Nae-Nae Hayden, Destiny Williams, Brooklyn Pope, Jordan Madden, and student assistant Shanay Washington. The winningest class in Baylor history, Griner, Hayden, and Madden are 129-14 across their three-plus years with the Lady Bears. One of those wins came Saturday night in an 80-49 victory over WVU, led by Brittney Griner's fifth career triple-double (28 points, 10 rebounds, 10 blocks). Tonight's game against K-State will be televised nationally on FSN at 7:00 PM, and 10,000 gold t-shirts commemorating this senior class will be handed out during the game.

After losing a heartbreaker to Kansas State on a last second three, the Bears head down to Austin to face the UT Longhorns in an ESPN Big Monday game at 8:00 PM. Baylor needs a convincing win to try to improve their season resume, and get an invite to the NCAA tournament after dropping 7 of their last 10 conference games. In the last second of Saturday's game, the Bears attempted to win on a full-court inbound, but the "desperation heave" backfired as it flew out of bounds without touching a player, giving K-State the ball to win it.

Baylor Baseball came back from their 15-4 loss to UH on Saturday to stomp the 12th-ranked Rice Owls 9-2 behind senior Max Garner's fantastic 8.1 inning performance. The Bears had important hits from both most of the offense, including the most impressive run of the entire tournament, a three-run homer from Logan Brown, his first career home run.

Baylor Softball had a successful weekend at the Wilson/DeMarini Invitational in Tempe, Arizona, closing out the tournament with an upset win over no. 3 Arizona State. The Lady Bears handed the Sun Devils their first loss of the season with an 11-strikeout performance from redshirt junior Whitney Canion, and four home runs from freshmen Lindsey Hays, Sarah Smith, Heather Stearns, and Robin Landrith. The Lady Bears finished the tournament witha 4-1 record after wins over Binghampton (behind freshman pitcher Heather Stearns), ECU, and North Dakota, with their only loss coming in the first game to UNC.

Baylor Football started spring practice last week, and DC Phil Bennett has already started tweaking the defense, hopefully for the better. Currently, seniors Ahmad Dixon and Sam Holl are switching positions, with Dixon playing at safety and Holl taking over the nickelback/"Bear" position, which will hopefully allow both of them to use their talents to an advantage. Baylor is also one of the 25 teams worth keeping an eye on during spring football, according to Yahoo!Sports Dr. Saturday blog.

Baylor Track and Field had a strong showing in the Alex Wilson Invitational this last weekend, with both 4x400 relay teams putting up season best times. While the women's relay team will most likely not make the NCAA Championships, the men's team looks to be one of the last teams. Three individuals also posted personal bests, with freshman Brianna Richardson taking second in the triple jump with a 21-11.25 mark, though she is outside of the NCAA qualifying ranks.

Baylor Equestrian lost on points to no. 2 Auburn after a 10-10 tie in Saturday's meet, a heartbreaking end to Senior Day. However, the team feels confident going into the Big 12 championships, due to the extremely close nature of the loss, and the high level at which the entire group rode.