March 8, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. - Baylor competitive cheer fell behind early and was unable to recover, as the Bears lost to No. 2 Oregon in their final meet of the regular season Monday night at Matthew Knight Arena.
"I think we're really building something that is going to be amazing in a year or two," head coach Karry Forsythe said. "We're looking at is as a positive thing, not looking at it as we're losing and getting defeated, but we're building and we're growing. I'm really proud of them."
The Ducks swept the first three events, outscoring Baylor 39.11 to 38.72 in Compulsories, 29.4 to 28.63 in the Stunt event and 29 to 27.6 in the Pyramid event. That left the Bears trailing 97.51 to 94.95 at halftime.
Oregon maintained its lead in the next two events, outscoring Baylor 29.05 to 27.72 in the Basket Toss and 52.92 to 50.77 in Tumbling.
The Bears trailed by 6.04 points heading into the final event, the team routine. Baylor won the event, outscoring Oregon 104.52 to 104.038, but the Ducks lead was too large.
Oregon outscored Baylor 283.518 to 277.96 to win the meet by 5.558 points.
"We've got three and a half weeks to prepare for the national championships," Forsythe said. "I'm pleased that we don't have another meet between now and then. That gives us a lot of time to focus on adjusting some things and finishing the season. As far as the regular season goes, with 23 freshmen, a very young team, the maturity levels of these athletes has been great. We've seen so much growth with them."
The Bears next compete in the NCATA National Championships, which will also be held in Eugene, Ore., on April 7-11.