NCAA Womens Basketball
With Brittney Griner and all the starters back from Baylor’s 40-0 season, the race in the Big 12 likely will be who finishes second behind the Lady Bears.
Defending national champion Baylor, with All-America center Brittney Griner returning from a 40-0 season, is the overwhelming pick to win the Big 12 again.
The University of Texas will honor former women’s coach Jody Conradt with a bronze statue inside the Longhorns’ basketball arena.
Obama, who helps coach his daughter Sasha’s youth basketball team, honored the Lady Bears’ 40-0 team at the White House.
With the 6-foot-8 superstar and the other four starters all coming back next year, the Lady Bears will be the heavy favorite to win another title, if not go unbeaten for a second straight year.
“I wanted (the title) because this is what our team wanted, and this is what we promised coach when we got here,” said Griner.
Baylor (39-0) can become the first NCAA team to win 40 games in a season with a victory over Notre Dame in the national championship game Tuesday night.
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey has been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, a form of facial paralysis she says won’t change her approach going into the NCAA Final Four.
For the first time since 1989, all four top seeds reached the NCAA women’s Final Four.
A person familiar with the decision says Texas women’s basketball coach Gail Goestenkors is resigning after four seasons of not making it past the first round of the NCAA tournament.
The Lady Bears haven’t lost since falling in the quarterfinals of last year’s tournament. They routed UC Santa Barbara on Sunday.
Sims usually works the ball up the court and makes a pass. But if opposing teams are intent on surrounding Griner with multiple defenders, the feisty point guard can just as easily make a jumper or drive to the basket herself.