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Gameday Thread: No. 13 Baylor vs. No. 12 Texas

January 31, 2024
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WACO, Texas – The No. 13 Baylor women’s basketball team will face No. 12 Texas for the final time in the regular season as a Big 12 opponent on Thursday.

Tip-off from Foster Pavilion is set for 7:30 p.m. on ESPN with Ryan Ruocco, Rebecca Lobo and Holly Rowe on the call. A live radio broadcast will be available on ESPN Central Texas (1660 AM/92.3 FM) and live in-game updates will be provided via Twitter and live stats. 

STARTING FIVE

A win over the Longhorns on Thursday would move Baylor to 5-1 against ranked opponents this season and it would be the Bears’ second ranked win over Texas this year. Other top-25 wins include Utah, Miami and TCU.

Graduate senior Aijha Blackwell is the only player on the roster with more than 800 career rebounds and needs just 15 boards to reach 1,000. She’s finished in double figures on the boards in three-straight contest and five of the last six.

Senior Sarah Andrews has 211 career 3-pointers and needs 50 more to break Odyssey Sim’s record of 258. The senior guard has hit at least one from range in 17 of 19 games this year.

The Bears had a different leading scorer in their first six games to start the year. In Big 12 play, Darianna Littlepage-Buggs, Bella Fontleroy and Dre’Una Edwards have each led Baylor in scoring twice.

Thursday’s nationally televised game on ESPN marks the sixth of the season for the Bears and third-straight contest aired on the big screen. Baylor is 4-1 in nationally televised games this season and 11-7 in the Nicki Collen era.

SCOUTING THE SERIES WITH THE LONGHORNS

Texas leads the all-time series against Baylor, 60-50, and the Bears are 24-25 at home against the Longhorns. Prior to the 2021-22 postseason, the Bears had won 13-straight meetings, including twice in the regular-season. Last year’s series split with Texas marked the first time Baylor lost a regular season game to the Longhorns since the 2009-10 campaign when the Bears lost both contests.

In the unbalanced Big 12 schedule this year, the Bears have the opportunity for their first series sweep of the season on Thursday. The Bears have won four of the last five meetings in Waco.

LAST TIME VS. TEXAS

Baylor’s 85-79 conference-opening win at Texas on Dec. 30 marked the 14th-straight win in Austin for the Bears. The win marked the Bears’ second top-five win of the year after a non-con victory over then-No. 4 Utah. The last time Baylor picked up two top-five wins in the regular season was during the 2012-13 campaign, beating No. 3 UConn and No. 5 Notre Dame on the road.

Baylor forced Texas to commit 23 turnovers - the most in a game by the Longhorns this season and the most in a Big 12 game since turning the ball over 24 times at Oklahoma on Jan. 29, 2022. Baylor’s nine 3-pointers were the most given up by the Longhorns this year. Senior Sarah Andrews went a team-best 4-for-8 from deep and moved into second all-time at Baylor in made 3-pointers. Five Bears finished in double figures led by Jada Walker’s season-high 19-point outburst. The newcomer added four steals while Dre’Una Edwards finished with 18 points and a team-high eight rebounds and six assists.

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Gameday Thread: No. 13 Baylor vs. No. 12 Texas

10,956 Views | 114 Replies | Last: 20 days ago by drahthaar
MrGolfguy
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Just win Lady Bears!
pilgrim
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Quite a few T$xas fans around Waco tonight.
BearFan33
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Down 8-2 early

Lot of zone by Texas
BearFan33
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Texas playing very physical and incapable of fouling apparently

5 fouls for Baylor

0 fouls for Texas
whitetrash
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5 fouls and 4 TOs by BU, although 2-3 of the fouls were so bad to not even be bogus.
ImABearToo
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Varsity vs JV so far.
“Life is short, eat desert first!”
BearFan33
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Bella fouled no call

Zone still giving us fits

I like running Bella in the middle of the zone. She can hit those bunny shots, Buggs can't seem to do it
bawitdaball
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Someone on the bench has to be able to hit the free throw jumper. Not sure why we don't even shoot it. We haven't gotten a realistic shot off in the last 3-4 possessions.
ImABearToo
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Did we game plan for a zone defense?
“Life is short, eat desert first!”
BearFan33
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bawitdaball said:

Someone on the bench has to be able to hit the free throw jumper. Not sure why we don't even shoot it. We haven't gotten a realistic shot off in the last 3-4 possessions.


Edwards is good at those. Anything inside the arc

I think Bella can hit them
HoustonBear15
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The regression of our offense over the course of the season has been hard to watch. They look dazed and confused in the half court game and always seem a step behind the defense instead of the other way around. And extremely reckless with the ball.

This team plays with good physicality and they hustle hard, which is what gives them so much potential. But they just look so out of sync.
BearFan33
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Bugs hit one !
BearFan33
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Sounds loud! Good job fans
BearFan33
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Nice drive by felder and a chance to tie
TechDawgMc
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This is the most charge fouls I've seen called this year
whitetrash
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White male ref has made two or three blown call from across the court and behind the play that are beyond incompetence
bawitdaball
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BearFan33 said:

bawitdaball said:

Someone on the bench has to be able to hit the free throw jumper. Not sure why we don't even shoot it. We haven't gotten a realistic shot off in the last 3-4 possessions.


Edwards is good at those. Anything inside the arc

I think Bella can hit them
I wish they'd shoot it more. I feel we had several open looks and we just passed it back out behind the arc.
ImABearToo
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Behlur is hard on ears.
“Life is short, eat desert first!”
RSBear
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Keep Andrews at the point! Walker just does not make the right decisions.
BearFan33
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15-13 Bears. End of 1.

Both teams a bit sloppy with the ball.

Very nice comeback ladies.

They are attacking the zone with drives. Felder brought energy and aggression
RSBear
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Our 10-0 run was with Walker on the bench.
whitetrash
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Kudos to Brad Livingstone (aka Mr Ladyprez). Just shown on the big screen giving double horns down.
HoustonBear15
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Wow, my heart dropped watching Blackwell slip there
SirBearALot
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MISSED 2 POINT BLANK SHOTS , SHOULD BE UP BY 10,, CANDY AND NUTS !!
BearFan33
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Fritz with nice technique rebound and score!
historian
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Was that a 15-0 run going back to Q1?

I don't remember the score when it started.
BearFan33
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Had a big lead and now Texas has it.

We fell in love with 3 point shots
bawitdaball
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Yes. This team just isn't disciplined. Too many turnovers - players trying to do too much and fore the ball in or giving away a lazy pass. We have size and we are up by 10 at this point. They are just low posting us.
bawitdaball
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You can tell Yaya came from a team where she had to create. She has incredible talent and mobility but just forces time and time again.
Melcal
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And then there are the awful Baylor fans in sec 219 yelling at fans in the front row to sit down.
HoustonBear15
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historian said:

Was that a 15-0 run going back to Q1?

I don't remember the score when it started.
It was. And then Texas went on a 14-0 run of their own.
RSBear
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Sloppy play

VaeBear
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Didn't call one timeout while texas was on that run.
SirBearALot
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BEARS HAVE SHOT 1 FF,, TEXAS 6
BearFan33
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We are settling for 3s too much. Felder came in with energy but then lost control.

They are isolating their skilled bigs down low and it's working.
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