Comeback Win Sends Lady Bears to Final FourMarch 30, 2010
In the end, it was the inexperienced Lady Bears, with three freshmen on the floor who made all the veteran plays down the stretch. Brittney Griner's short jumper with 44 seconds to play gave Baylor a one point lead, and the Blue Devils later missed a desperation three that would have tied the game just before the buzzer, setting off a raucous celebration that featured a dogpile and a tearful coach Kim Mulkey. It was an outcome that appeared unlikely just a few minutes prior. With 3:46 remaining, free throws gave Duke a 48-41 lead, a comfortable cushion in a defensive struggle. But those would be the last points the Blue Devils would score, as the Lady Bears closed the game on a 10-0 run despite taking on a veteran and battle-tested Duke squad. The reality of a trip to the Final Four produced a whole spectrum of emotions for senior Morghan Medlock and her teammates.
It's the second Final Four in program history, the last coming in 2005 when Baylor won the national title. After playing on the west coast in the 1st round, and in Tennessee's backyard this weekend, the Lady Bears should take the court with a friendly crowd behind them on Easter Sunday. It's practically a homecoming, as the Final Four is held in San Antonio. Baylor will take on the winner of tonight's UConn/Florida State game in a yet-to-be-determined time Sunday evening. For KWBU news, I'm Derek Smith.