March 24, 2012
WACO, Texas - Baylor acrobatics & tumbling stayed close through a back-and-forth meet, but Maryland used a strong Team Routine to close out a 271.66-265.42 win on Saturday night at the Ferrell Center.
"I think the meet went just fine," head coach LaPrise Harris-Williams said. "Maryland was a great team. Our girls did their best job and they did exactly what we practiced. We had a few mistakes here and there, but we have the opportunity to come back next year and we'll defend ourselves then."
Baylor (2-3) began the meet with a 38.2-38.1 win in Compulsories. Maryland rallied and took the lead after the Acro event 64.08-63.82. The Bears answered and regained the lead 92.57-92.38 after the Pyramid event, scoring 28.75 to Maryland's 28.3.
The Terrapins began the second half with a strong performance in the Basket Toss event, taking back the lead 121.08-119.62. The Bears again rebounded and took a .35 point-win in the Tumbling event, but Baylor still trailed Maryland 176.58-175.47 heading into the final event.
Maryland's scored 95.08 in the Team Routine, which meant Baylor would have to score 96.20 to win the meet. The Bears came up short with an 89.95, which results in a 271.66-265.42 loss.
Baylor's next meet is Saturday when the Bears host Oregon at the Ferrell Center. The Bears fell to the Ducks when the teams met in Eugene, Ore. on March 4.
"We're going to do the exact same thing," Harris-Williams said. "We're going to continue to do repetitions and go out and give it our best effort."
Baylor also hosts the 2012 NCATA National Championships at the Ferrell Center from April 26-28. All NCATA events are sanctioned through USA Gymnastics.