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Gameday Thread: No. 5 Baylor vs No. 12 Vanderbilt

March 22, 2024
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BLACKSBURG, Va. – The Baylor women’s basketball team makes its 20th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance on Friday when it faces the Vanderbilt Commodores in the first round at Cassell Coliseum.

Tip-off between the No. 5-seeded Bears (24-7) and the 12th-seeded Commodores (23-9) is set for 5 p.m. CT, or 30 minutes following the conclusion of the Virginia Tech/Marshall game, which is slated for 2:30 p.m. CT.

The game airs nationally on ESPNU with Jay Alter and Kelly Gramlich 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

  • Baylor is making its 20th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance in 2024. The Bears hold the fourth-longest active streak in the country in consecutive appearances behind Tennessee (42), Stanford (36) and UConn (35).
  • In the first round, Baylor will be facing an opponent for the first time in program history, whether it is Vanderbilt or Columbia.
  • Baylor is 55-18 all-time in the NCAA Tournament with three national championships, four Final Four appearances, 10 trips to the Elite Eight and 14 Sweet 16 appearances.
  • The Bears rank eighth nationally in three-point percentage defense, holding their opponents to 26.1% from behind the arc this season. Baylor has held its opponent to below 20% shooting from 3-point range in three of the last five games heading into the tournament.
  • Baylor is an impressive 20-1 this season when outrebounding its opponents. The Bears have recorded 50-plus rebounds in six contests this season, eclipsing 60 boards in wins over McNeese (68) and Delaware State (64).

 

THREATENING (AND PROTECTING) FROM THREE

  • For the third-straight season, the Bears have made at least 230 3-pointers, sitting at a program-record 236 on the year heading into the NCAA Tournament.
  • In Nicki Collen’s first season at the helm (2021-22), Baylor broke the pre-existing record of 210 set in 2016-17 with 233.
  • The Bears followed that up, connecting on 230 treys in 2022-23.
  • Senior Sarah Andrews has a team-leading 65 treys on the year, ranking sixth in a single season in program history. For her career, the guard ranks second in BU women’s basketball history with 229 made 3-pointers.
  • Baylor has protected the 3-point arc just as much as it has capitalized from it this year. Heading into the tournament, the Bears rank eighth in NCAA Division I and lead the Big 12 in three-point percentage defense (26.1%).

SIGNATURE WINS

  • Baylor is one of two Big 12 programs, and one of 10 Division I programs in the country, with six-or-more AP top-25 wins this season.
  • The Bears join the Iowa State Cyclones as the only Big 12 programs with six wins over ranked opponents.
  • Baylor has signature wins over Utah, Miami, Texas, TCU and a pair over West Virginia. Two of those victories were top-five wins by the Bears.
  • The Bears are tied for fourth nationally in win percentage (.667) versus the NET Top 25 (with a minimum two games played) heading into the 2024 NCAA Tournament.
  • Baylor has a 4-2 record in those contests and its winning percentage (.667) is tied with USC and Oklahoma. The only teams with better win percentages in those games are South Carolina (1.000), Texas (.714) and Notre Dame (.700).
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Gameday Thread: No. 5 Baylor vs No. 12 Vanderbilt

4,711 Views | 41 Replies | Last: 20 days ago by blackie
MrGolfguy
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Just win Lady Bears!
3rdgenbear
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One game at a time. Sic'em!
blackie
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I just hope we have a decent shooting night and then let the chips fall where they may.
IowaBear
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My brackets still perfect, don't ruin it for me gals.
Bears by 5 is my guess
BearFan33
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Bears start off hot
BearkatBear
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shoutout Jada Walker. 6 early points
BearFan33
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24-12 BU end of one

Both defense and offense playing well
BearkatBear
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worst case scenario to end the quarter and we missed some layups but we're fully locked in. we look great
bawitdaball
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Passing needs some serious work. We need a true point guard ... bad.
BearkatBear
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Need a bucket outta this timeout. Vandy took advantage while Sarah was on the bench right there
True Grit
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Fouls and turnovers
bawitdaball
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True Grit said:

Fouls and turnovers
And our end of quarter defense just isn't present. Hopefully the second half proves a little more under control once we get Andrews back on the court.
BUVA
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Why do we let them run the length of the court and score with less than 5 seconds left? Scared to foul, I guess.
BearFan33
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Up 7 after 2. We got somewhat spastic with turnovers in second
BearFan33
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BUVA said:

Why do we let them run the length of the court and score with less than 5 seconds left? Scared to foul, I guess.


I'd prefer for us to not pressure the inbounds. Hustle down the court and set up your defense.
BearkatBear
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we were the better team for all but the 2 min they went on that 11-0 run, which was fueled by our turnovers. keep up the intensity on D and don't turn the ball over
BU71
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bawitdaball said:

Passing needs some serious work. We need a true point guard ... bad.
I think we need a healthy Sara Andrews. I still think she is less than 100% and she probably isn't in the best shape so , outside late in games, she doesn't run point as much as she might when we are struggling.
Task Force 2015
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Bella played well.
MrGolfguy
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Task Force 2015 said:

Bella played well.
For the most part; made some 3's but missed 2 layups & had 2-3 bad turnovers
BUVA
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BearkatBear said:

we were the better team for all but the 2 min they went on that 11-0 run, which was fueled by our turnovers. keep up the intensity on D and don't turn the ball over


The way these refs are calling, we need to drive to the basket more. Four of their starters have 2 fouls each.
BearFan33
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I think Blackwell tweaked an ankle

She is ok it seems
BearFan33
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Bu up 20 after 3. We took care of the ball and hit shots.
Task Force 2015
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Former Bear Oliver seems bigger and more physical than when she was here.
IowaBear
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Looks like my bracket is gonna stay perfect through 11 thanks to the lady bears.
Great showing by the girls today
BearFan33
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Task Force 2015 said:

Former Bear Oliver seems bigger and more physical than when she was here.


For sure. She has bulked up.
MrGolfguy
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Keep it up Ladies
BearFan33
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We are up 25 with 6 to go
BU71
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Yaya is clearly pressing
BearFan33
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BU71 said:

Yaya is clearly pressing


Out of control
bawitdaball
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BU71 said:

Yaya is clearly pressing
Out of control. Feel her minutes have shrunk over the last month. She is very used to having to do it all.
SirBearALot
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Felder totally out of control, only knows one gear...over drive !!!
SirBearALot
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Up 20, play subs, rest starters don't get em hurt !!!!
BearFan33
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Up 19 under 2:30

Getting sloppy again. We just need to run clock and not get anyone hurt
whitetrash
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Lots of audible cheers of "cupcake! Cupcake!" When Vandy was at the line, followed by "SEC SEC!!" Down the stretch.
MrGolfguy
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Good, solid win; took care of business, dispatched a lesser team.
Need to clean up sloppiness & silly turnovers for VT, that will be a tough game with a hostile crowd. Can't be throwing away points and expect to win.
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