Twenty-four hours after an emotional 71-69 loss at home to West Virginia that would have wrapped up an outright Big 12 championship, the ninth-ranked Baylor Lady Bears had to travel to the frozen north of chilly Ames, Iowa, for a Tuesday matchup against a 21st-ranked Iowa State team.
Like a 3-year-old playing in the sand box, the ninth-ranked Baylor Lady Bears may have to learn how to share.
With Commissioner Bob Bowlsby in house to present the Big 12 championship trophy, and a Ferrell Center crowd of 8,242 on hand to salute three outgoing seniors, you couldn't have asked for a better stage to celebrate the Baylor Lady Bears' fourth consecutive conference title.
If this had been an arcade shooting gallery, the ducks would have been safe and the Baylor Bears would have run out of quarters a long time ago.
Not since 2005's national championship run have the Baylor Lady Bears gone down to the wire to win a Big 12 championship.
There's nothing quite like a Big 12 championship trophy to get you motivated for five weeks of spring football.
In the span of about 20 minutes of actual game time, the Baylor Bears went from being totally out of it, to the brink of one of the greatest comebacks in program history.
Watching fellow Killeen native Royce O'Neale knock down all eight of his field-goal attempts, including four beyond the arc, Cory Jefferson's thought was, "Finally!"
Odyssey Sims was an assist shy of a double-double with 38 points and nine assists and did just enough down the stretch to help the Lady Bears escape with a 96-89 victory before a crowd of 6,808 at the Ferrell Center.
Wiping off the remnants from a shaving cream pie that got more of his cap than face, Baylor baseball coach Steve Smith asked, "So, who was it?"
On a day when Odyssey Sims struggled and was held to a season low-tying 17 points, the fifth-ranked Baylor Lady Bears leaned on their blossoming inside attack.
After winning three in a row to keep its head above water, the Baylor basketball team knows "what we're playing for."
Iowa State's basketball team lives on 3-pointers. Baylor made the 23rd-ranked Cyclones die by it, holding them to a dismal 3-for-25 from outside the 3-point arc while hitting nine of its own in Wednesday's 89-51 rout before a Ferrell Center crowd of 6,758.
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Since Baylor defeated Iowa State, 75-47, on March 11, 2013, to win its third consecutive Big 12 tournament championship, 343 days have passed.
Baylor coach Scott Drew called it a "devastating" punch to the gut. Oklahoma State's Markel Brown was sure that the "basketball gods want us to win."
While Sims still pumped in a game-high 34 points, the defense forced 26 turnovers, held the Texas Longhorns to 21 first-half points and shut them out from the field for a 10-minute stretch in the second half to lead the way in a 72-56 blowout at the Frank Erwin Center.
Maybe the Baylor Bears had this one coming. After losing "our share of close games," Baylor coach Scott Drew was down-right giddy after Saturday's game at the Ferrell Center.
Standing at the plate in the bottom of the ninth, with the 14th-ranked Baylor Lady Bears trailing by one, the last thing on Clare Hosack's mind was hitting a walk-off home run.
Fans expecting to see the Baylor baseball team play with a chip on its shoulder this season after a disappointing 27-28 campaign in 2013 will be sorely disappointed.