First, allow me to apologize for the lack of a DBR on Friday. I flew into London overnight, but an ATM at the Cologne airport ate my card just before my flight took off, and I was preoccupied with finding my way across London with no cell reception and no money, so my scheduled trip to Starbucks to knock out the report was forgotten in the panic. I'll have more foresight next time I travel to extremely expensive island nations.
Women's Tennis Suffers First Two Losses
Women's Tennis spent a long weekend on the road and took their first two losses of the season, both to quality opponents. Baylor lost 4-1 at Michigan and 4-3 at Vanderbilt. The doubles point was the difference against Vandy.
Baylor drops its first match of the year with a 4-1 loss at No. 15 Michigan. BU back in action at No. 12 Vanderbilt on Sunday.
— BaylorWTennis (@BaylorWTennis) February 21, 2015
Baylor drops a 4-3 decision to No. 12 Vanderbilt as Rachael James-Baker loses 6-4, 6-3, at No. 6 singles.
— BaylorWTennis (@BaylorWTennis) February 22, 2015
No tennis team can be expected to go undefeated for an entire season, and its only natural that Baylor would hit this rut eventually, especially against good opponents on a long road trip.
Men's Tennis Blanks No. 12 UCLA
Meanwhile, No. 5 Baylor Men's Tennis had a very good weekend, clobbering No. 12 UCLA at home for a 4-0 shutout. Baylor Athletics continued their recent trend of providing stellar video content with the match highlights.
Unfortunately, the video is unavailable in this country but I trust from the thumbnail that it's good work. Jay Hicks is a genius, you know.
MBB Crushes K-State
It's almost guaranteed that Baylor will make the NCAA Tournament after Saturday's big win over Kansas State at home. All Baylor can do at this point is pick up statement wins to close out the regular season and do as well as possible in the Big 12 Tournament. A win this week at Iowa State would be one such statement, but winning at Hilton is nigh impossible in this day and age, and a Scott Drew team has never done so.
Rico gathers in 10 rebounds to go along with 13 points as No. 20 Baylor blasts Kansas State, 69-42. pic.twitter.com/JXb0rjtQWT
— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) February 21, 2015
Baylor is like Thanksgiving Dinner w-o the turkey. No entree (alpha dog), but lots of tremendous sides. Bears have options beyond belief!
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) February 21, 2015
Rico Gathers will be an all-time favorite by the end of next season.
WBB Clinches Undisputed Big 12 Title
The only thing better than winning a fifth straight conference championship is winning a fifth straight conference championship over TCU. That's exactly what the Lady Bears did, and they were rewarded with another glass bowl trophy. I'm not sure if any more details have come out about the situation, but the trophy was presented by Ian McCaw and Ken Starr, rather than the typical Big 12 representative. Which is strange. Apparently Mulkey was enraged.
A&T Wins Third Straight
FINAL SCORES KU 250.795 BU 276.595
— Baylor A&T (@BaylorAcroTumb) February 22, 2015
Felicia Mulkey has been a miracle worker for Acrobatics and Tumbling. The team is 3-0 and winning by the same margins that they regularly lost by last year. This weekend they knocked off King University in Bristol, Tennessee.
Baseball Takes Series vs. Kent State
After getting beaten handily on Friday, Baylor rebounded in their Saturday doubleheader against Kent State to take the series. The wins stopped the bleeding from two straight losses and restored some confidence in the team's defense.
Softball Rebounds, Beats ACU and Steals Win From Oregon
No. 7 Baylor Softball recovered from losses on Thursday and Friday on Saturday to beat Abilene Christian and No. 2 Oregon in the Baylor Invitational. It was Oregon's first loss of the year, and a big statement for Baylor, who placed three players on the all-tournament team.
Men's Golf Comes From Behind, Places Third
Baylor finished third at Bayou City over the weekend, but wasn't close to unseating South Carolina or Sam Houston State in the top spots. Kyle Jones was a stroke away from tying for first.