March 5, 2011
AZUSA, Calif. - Baylor competitive cheer trailed heading to the team routine, but the Bears turned in the highest event score by any team this season to knock off Azusa Pacific, 281.856 to 278.854, on Saturday afternoon at the Cougar Dome.
"We were really down about our performance last week," junior team captain Nicole Allison said. "Today the team was able to put that in the past and prove that we're better than that with our win. I am so proud of my team."
The Bears held a slim lead after the first two events, outscoring APU 38.75 to 38.61 in Compulsories and 28.86 to 28.79 in the Stunt event.
Azusa Pacific took the lead by outscoring Baylor in the Pyramid event, 29.9 to 28.1. That gave the Cougars a 96.71 to 96.30 edge at halftime.
APU maintained its lead in the Basket Toss, outscoring Baylor 28.67 to 28.62, but the Bears rallied and won the Tumbling event 51.24 to 50.80 to close the gap.
The Bears trailed by a slim 0.2 points heading into the final event, the team routine. Baylor earned a 106.29 - the best team score by any team in the NCATA this season - while APU scored 103.084.
"We are so proud of that," sophomore team captain Madeline Felio said. "We knew we needed to come back from last week with a win and we were able to stay focused and get it done. Now we can go into Oregon with so much more confidence."
The record breaking Team Routine score gave Baylor the win, 281.86 to 278.85.
"Today we focused, not on winning or losing, but beating our personal best," head coach Karry Forsythe said. "Not about beating the other team or the final score at the end, but improving ourselves, and it obviously worked because we did that and were able to come out with the win."
Baylor concludes the regular season Monday when the Bears take on No. 2 Oregon in Eugene, Ore. at 9 p.m. CST.