|Lady Bears are Sports Illustrated's Top Pick
1:55 P.M. MONDAY, Nov. 27, 2010
In Sports Illustrated's College Basketball Preview issue (Nov. 22), reporter Richard Dietsch picked the Lady Bears to win it all. "The Lady Bears are atop SI.com's initial women's power rankings not for where they are today but where we imagine they will be come next April," said Dietsch.
The No. 1 selection marks the Lady Bears' first-ever No. 1 rating. Baylor is ranked No. 2 in the consensus of the published preseason national polls including The Associated Press and the USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Polls.
The ranking comes even after senior point guard Kelli Griffin's decision to quit the team a week before the regular season began. The combination of Baylor's depth, led by Brittney Griner and Melissa Jones, the addition of transfers Brooklyn Pope (Rutgers) and Destiny Williams (Illinois) and the expected development of freshman point guard Odyssey Sims led Sports Illustrated to pick the Lady Bears to claim the national title.
According to the magazine's headline: Move over, Huskies. The road to the national championship now goes through Waco.
Sports Illustrated's Top 10
A Busy Beginning
9:35 A.M. MONDAY, Nov. 22, 2010
Sorry it's been such a long time between blogs but if you've kept up with our schedule, you probably have figured out why.
To begin the season the Lady Bears played five games in an eight day span, including four in five days, and are beginning another busy stretch.
Baylor opened the season hosting the four-team, three-day, World Vision Classic (Nov. 12-14). After posting wins over FIU (Friday), Montana State (Saturday) and Rice (Sunday), the Lady Bears boarded a plane Monday morning (8 a.m.) to fly to Hartford, Conn., where on Tuesday they would take on top-ranked and defending national champion, the UConn Huskies. After a flight that lasted just under four hours, we arrived at Hartford's Bradley International Airport and boarded a bus to the hotel which was right next to the Hartford Convention Center.
After lunch and a short rest, it was off to the XL Center for practice. ESPN's Kara Lawson, who was working in ESPN's studio on game night, attended the practice. Then it was back to the hotel for some much needed rest.
At shoot around on Tuesday, all of the television talent was there to watch and pick Coach Mulkey's brain. She is always so gracious about taking time out of practice to answer questions about the team. Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Doris Burke (color analyst) and Rebecca Lobo (sideline reporter) all had plenty of questions for Coach Mulkey.
After shoot around, Brittney and I stuck around as ESPN wanted to shoot some "blue screen" shots with BG, look for those shots to be used in the background on Sports Center shows throughout the year. BG also did a sit down interview with Rebecca Lobo.
Although the game didn't have the outcome that the Lady Bears and their fans wanted, I thought the basketball world saw a glimpse how talented this Baylor squad is.
I mentioned earlier that we are entering another busy stretch. The Lady Bears will play three games in six days and Thanksgiving is sandwiched in the middle of it all. On Tuesday (Nov. 23) BU hosts Texas Southern, they host Liberty on Friday, Nov. 26 and will host Southeastern Louisiana on Sunday. Nov. 28.
Hope to see a good crowd at each game.
Until next time - Go Baylor, Sic `Em!!
Griner Profiled in ESPN the Magazine and Online
2:35 A.M. FRIDAY, Nov. 4, 2010
Back in mid-October ESPN's Luke Cyphers visited the Baylor campus to gather information to write a profile on Lady Bear basketball player Brittney Griner (BG). The article will appear in ESPN The Magazine's Nov. 15 issue. The publication also sent a New York City based photo crew to shoot pictures of the 6-8 post. All told, Cyphers spent three days watching practice and conducting interviews and the photo crew spent a day in Waco as well.
Baking or bacon? Wonder what that's all about? Check out the article online HERE .