Lady Bears Join Men in Elite 8

The Baylor Lady Bears entered Saturday's showdown with the #1 seed Lady Vols as the underdog, but when the game was over, the Lady Bears showed what kind of talent they have.

It was only the first game of the season, and the Baylor Lady Bears had plenty of minutes going to girls playing their first college game; but the loss to the Tennessee Lady Vols didn't sit well with anyone associated with Baylor. With the chance for revenge on the biggest stage possible, the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament, Baylor took care of business this time around with a convincing 77-62 victory.

The media told everyone for a few weeks to get ready for the big showdown between UConn and Tennessee, but they forgot to tell the Lady Bears and Britney Griner. Griner had a dominating game, putting up 27 points, grabbing 7 rebounds, and sending back 10 Lady Vols shots with 10 huge blocks.

In the first game against Tennessee, Griner's first collegiate game of her career, she had a tough time finding space offensively and also found herself in foul trouble. This time around, Griner was able to play 40 minutes and showed Tennessee exactly how much you can grow in one year.

Griner wasn't the only one getting it done for Baylor, as senior forward Morghan Medlock added 12 points and 11 boards, and junior guard Kelli Griffin had 10 points, 6 boards, and 7 assists.

After struggling slightly during Big 12 conference play, it's clear the return of a healthy Melissa Jones means the world to the Lady Bears team. While adding a solid 7 points and 6 boards, it's Jones' presence that really makes this team go.

Next up for the Lady Bears is the Duke Blue Devils. As the Baylor men also face the Dukies in the Elite 8, it's probably a good idea for Wacoans to put away their blue shirts for a few days and stick with the Green and Gold. What a great time to be a fan of Baylor basketball.

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