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Women play last practice game

Nov. 5, 2010

The Lady Bears take on Texas A&M International at 7 p.m. today in their second and final basketball exhibition game before season play begins.

Playing against the Division II school from Laredo will give the Bears an opportunity to address issues before their first regular season game against Florida International on Nov. 12.

Baylor is going into the game after coming off an 89-46 victory in their first exhibition game against St. Edwards on Monday.

Baylor took charge of the glass, out-rebounding St. Edwards 56-24.

"Offensive boards are important to this team. ... We've got the bigs inside and you've got to go to the offensive boards, " head coach Kim Mulkey said.

The team plans to work on blocking the passing lanes on defense and looking for the posts on offense.

"We're hugging our men in the passing lane and were too athletic. Get up the lane, pick those off, make them throw it out the back door," Mulkey said.

The team also recognizes the important of post-to-post passing. The offense the Bears run is designated to posts when they're isolated on the block. Because of Brooklyn Pope's strength, Mulkey said the team could take Brittany Griner away from the basket and have her feed Pope.

Griner has been working to improve her game. "I definitely did hit the weights. So I feel like that will help me out this year being stronger," Griner said. "That was one of the key things I wanted to work on."