Pack Your Bags for San Antonio

The Lady Bears were supposed to be at least a year away before contending for the Final 4. There's only one problem, somebody forgot to tell Coach Kim Mulkey and her group of young ladies.

One day after the Duke Blue Devils eliminated the Baylor men's basketball team from the NCAA tournament, the Lady Bears decided to get revenge by beating the Duke women's team 51-48, and earning the Lady Bears their second trip to the Final 4.

Last time around, the Lady Bears were led by a veteran team, including super star Sophia Young. This time, it's the phenom Britney Griner and a collection of mostly younger athletes that never give up.

With a few minutes left in the game and the Lady Bears unable to secure a defensive rebound, an emotional Coach Kim Mulkey told her girls in a timeout simply to grab the "baaalllll". Sometimes, it's a straight forward reminder like that which teams will respond to, and the Lady Bears did exactly that.

Whether it was a big bucket by Britney Griner, an enormous steal by Kimetria Hayden, or a key rebound by Kelli Griffin, the Lady Bears made nearly every play the last few minutes.

Griner once again led the Lady Bears with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 9 key blocks. The 9 blocks put Griner over the mark for the most blocks ever by a women's player in one NCAA tournament.

But it wasn't all Griner. It was 10 points from junior Melissa Jones; 8 rebounds from point guard Kelli Griffin; or 8 points and 3 rebounds from freshman Jordan Madden. The Lady Bears had contributions from all over the floor.

Perhaps most impressive was the Lady Bears defense - holding Duke to 23.1% from the floor and only 17% from the 3 point line.

And the win is another special treat for Baylor fans on a high from the run by the men's team. First it was Houston over the past weekend, now it will be San Antonio over Easter. And with a potential matchup with #1 UConn if they can beat Florida State, look for the Lady Bears fans to show up in force.

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