Baylor women having fun pursing 2nd title in row

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 27, 2013 at 4:44 pm •  Published: March 27, 2013
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While Griner has averaged 33 points and 11 1/2 rebounds the past six games, Williams has made two-thirds of her field goal attempts (38 of 58) in the last eight games, even with a 2-for-6 night against the Seminoles. Sims has 41 assists with only 13 turnovers (seven coming in one game) in the same seven-game span when the Lady Bears are shooting 57 percent from the field as a team.

Baylor is 72-2 at home since the arrival of the senior trio of Griner, Kimetria Hayden and Jordan Madden. Griner played in only one of those losses, missing the regular season finale of her freshman season, a loss to Texas.

The Lady Bears have won every home game the past three seasons since point guard Sims arrived the same year that transfers Destiny Williams and Pope, the other current seniors, were able to start playing for the team. Sims can extend the home winning streak next season, but Griner and the other Lady Bears seniors will end their careers on the road — preferably by lifting another national championship trophy in New Orleans on April 9.

The last time Baylor didn't make it past the NCAA round of 16 was 2009, before any of the current players, when Louisville won 56-39 in a third-round game. Now Baylor gets Louisville again.

In the other game at Oklahoma City on Sunday, Oklahoma plays Tennessee. Baylor has won six in a row against the Big 12 rival Sooners and last season beat the Lady Vols in another NCAA regional.

Mulkey said her players don't feel any pressure in trying to repeat as national champs.

"Getting another (national title) would be icing on the cake," Mulkey said. "If you don't win, would you be disappointed? Absolutely, we would be disappointed. But it won't be because of pressure to do it again.

"Their personality, they don't engage in pressure very much," she said. "It's go play, let's go play. We know we're good."