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Gameday Thread: No. 5 Baylor vs No. 1 USC - Sweet Sixteen

March 29, 2024
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PORTLAND, Ore. – The Baylor women’s basketball team continues its run in the 2024 NCAA Tournament on Saturday when it faces USC at the Moda Center. 

The Sweet 16 matchup between the Bears (26-7) and the Trojans (28-5) is set for 4:30 p.m. CT and airs nationally on ESPN with Beth Mowins and Debbie Antonelli 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 playing in its 20th-straight NCAA Tournament in 2024. The Bears hold the fourth-longest active streak in the country in consecutive appearances behind Tennessee (42), Stanford (36) and UConn (35).

The Bears are making their first appearance in the Sweet 16 since 2021 and first under the direction of head coach Nicki Collen.

Baylor is 57-18 all-time in the NCAA Tournament with three national championships, four Final Four appearances, 10 trips to the Elite Eight and 16 Sweet 16 appearances. BU’s 16 Sweet 16 appearances are the third-most in the last two decades behind only UConn and Stanford.

The Bears rank ninth nationally in three-point percentage defense, holding their opponents to 26.2% from behind the arc this season. Baylor has held its opponent to below 20% shooting from 3-point range in five of the last eight games.

Baylor is an impressive 21-1 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).

QUEENS OF THE CASSELL

No. 5-seeded Baylor outlasted the No. 4 seed Virginia Tech Hokies, 75-72, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.

The win by the Bears snapped a 26-game home winning streak for the Hokies, which was a program record. Virginia Tech dropped to 32-2 at Cassell Coliseum in the last two seasons.

Jada Walker paced the Baylor offense with a career-high 28 points, going a team-leading 9-for-10 from the charity stripe. She notched 26 of her 28 points in the second half, including 14 in the fourth quarter. Additionally, she went without a turnover and dished out three assists in the outing.

Team captains Sarah Andrews (16) and Darianna Littlepage-Buggs (10) joined Walker in double figures while Bella Fontleroy led the Bears on the boards for the second-straight game, grabbing nine.

FIGHTING IN THE FIRST ROUND

Baylor earned the 80-63 victory over Vanderbilt in its opening-round game on March 22.

The game marked the 100th career game for head coach Nicki Collen. She holds a 74-27 record at the helm of the Bears.

The Bears have won their opening-round game 21 times in 22 showings in the Big Dance.

Bella Fontleroy turned in her third double-double of the year, and sixth of her career, with a 19-point, 11-rebound performance to lead the Bears in both categories.

Baylor’s 80 points marked the 11th time this year that the Bears have put up at least 80 and first time since scoring 83 at Houston on Feb. 4.

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Gameday Thread: No. 5 Baylor vs No. 1 USC - Sweet Sixteen

18,750 Views | 212 Replies | Last: 20 days ago by MrGolfguy
MrGolfguy
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Just win Lady Bears!
3rdgenbear
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We can do this! Sic'em!
JustWinBears
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Hope they can keep dancing. Wish the game was on now I don't want to wait anymore lol.
pilgrim
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Anyone at the arena in Albany?
Stefano DiMera
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Albany?
BearkatBear
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don't turn the ball over and keep them off the offensive glass and I think we have a good chance
historian
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Sarah!!!
“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!”
Psalm 119:36
historian
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pilgrim said:

Anyone at the arena in Albany?


I hope not. Baylor is playing 3,000 miles away in Portland, Oregon.
“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!”
Psalm 119:36
BearkatBear
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Bella's been great guarding Watkins so far
Bearscout
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I'm already tired of the JuJu praises by the announcers.
Stefano DiMera
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Officiating horrible.. getting hammered and missed traveling.
historian
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Our defense needs to be better.
“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!”
Psalm 119:36
historian
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They did that in the previous game too. Probably all of them.
“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!”
Psalm 119:36
Task Force 2015
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Our 3s aren't falling.After Sarah connected early.
Stefano DiMera
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I'm honored we get to play in the JuJu Invitation Tournament.
BearkatBear
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Task Force 2015 said:

Our 3s aren't falling.After Sarah connected early.
2-3 even hit the backboard first
historian
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I hope the girls can get things going better in Q2.
“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!”
Psalm 119:36
historian
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To off and it seems like the girls are just spectators on defense. Frustrating!
“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!”
Psalm 119:36
74Bear
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When you are shooting 12.5% from the 3, when do you stop and get inside the arc?
saucebob
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Well it is apparent already who they want for ratings.
BearkatBear
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pretty crazy Jada doesn't get a foul on that but Watkins does
historian
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We have 7 fouls already.
They have only 4.
“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!”
Psalm 119:36
BellCountyBear
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The fix is in folks.
BearkatBear
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offense isn't getting good shots at all. their defense is good
historian
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They have had two 6-0 runs. Have we had any kind of run?
“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!”
Psalm 119:36
Bearscout
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This team has not learned that when you are outsized odds are you will get blocked when driving into a crowd. The short jumper has been open. We need to stay close in score this first half.
BearkatBear
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historian said:

They have had two 6-0 runs. Have we had any kind of run?
7-2 to start the game I believe but they've been better since
bawitdaball
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Free Throws. Gotta make them.
KIA
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We've taken 8 free throws, they have only taken 4.

Both teams have made 4.
KIA
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We've attempted 11 three pointers, they have only attempted 4.

Both teams have made 2.
BearkatBear
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foul on Jada for Watkins pushing off on her ??
BUGWBBear
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Lots of adjustments in HT or this game is over.
JustWinBears
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Unfortunately going about as well as I expected. Started promising, still lots of game left just gotta make the best of the opportunities that come.
BearkatBear
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this run right here gave this game life
BearkatBear
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terrible call
 
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