A pair of close games doesn't always indicate a close third game, but in this case the third game of the season between these teams could be the closest game of the second round. Baylor's style of play could be called physical if you wanted to be polite. The Lady Bears will foul any Texas Tech player brave enough to enter the lane. While Kim Mulkey-Robertson may claim that the refs are making bad calls, there is a reason that the Lady Bears frequently outpace their opponents in fouls. Baylor does have a nice assortment of talent, but the first goal of the Lady Bears seems to be neutralizing any advantage that the opponent may have. So far the Lady Raiders have survived their physical battles with Baylor, but only by the narrowest of margins.
The other factor heading into the matchup is the loss of Cisti Greenwalt. Greenwalt had been an important factor in both matchups, especially on the defensive end. The sophomore blocked a total of six shots in the previous two contests. Without Greenwalt the Lady Raiders will have to find away to slow down the powerful Baylor front line. If the Lady Raiders don't find a way to stop Blackmon and Young it could be a long game for Texas tech fans. Even if they do make it past Baylor, the physical nature of the game is sure to make the next game an tougher test.