Baylor Men Conclude Historic Season, Women Look to Advance to Final FourMarch 29, 2010
An emotional Tweety Carter summed up the feelings of many involved with the Baylor program following the senior's final game in green and gold. Duke took control late, wrestling a see-saw battle away from the Bears 78-71 to advance to the Final Four. While the loss will hurt for awhile, coming within a few points of a trip to Indianapolis was rarified air for a team picked to finish 10th in the Big 12 in the preseason. Junior Lacedarius Dunn said the team proved something to those who picked them to finish so low.
Nearly 50,000 fans in Houston showered the Bears with the ovation afterward, in appreciation of the effort. And when the team arrived back in Waco early this morning, even more fans were there to greet them.
While the off season now begins for head coach Scott Drew and the Bears, Baylor fans can still cheer on their team against the Blue Devils when the Lady Bears battle Duke tonight. It's the first time ever that two school's teams have faced each in the Elite Eight on both the men's and women's side. The Lady Bears earned the right to face Duke after a come-from-behind against top-seeded Tennessee.
That shot gave Baylor a late lead, as they pulled away from the Lady Vols, winning 77-62. It was sweet revenge for Baylor against one of the top programs in women's basketball history, a team that beat the Lady Bears in Knoxville in the season opener. It also showed just how far the squad had come from the beginning of the year, said senior Morghan Medlock.
Kim Mulkey, who shepherded the team through a rough patch in the Big 12 following an injury to junior Melissa Jones, said the win over the Lady Vols was a memorable one for a program that's made big wins a habit in recent years. But more importantly, it puts her squad a win away from moving out of enemy territory and having a chance to play close to home.
Tipoff tonight in Memphis is shortly after 6 p.m. The winner advances to the Final Four in San Antonio starting next weekend. For KWBU news, I'm Derek Smith.