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NCAA Champion Lady Bears come home to celebration

POSTED: Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 8:18am
UPDATED: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 12:57am

WACO -- Excitement. Passion. And a little bit of humor.

"This will go with my crooked lip," said Kim Mulkey, Baylor women's basketball coach, in reference to her diagnosis of Bell's Palsy. 

Hundreds of people packed into the Ferrell Center Wednesday to welcome home the Lady Bears -- this year's NCAA champions.

"As soon as they won yesterday we were so happy and I skipped work so I might get in trouble but I'm here," said a Baylor fan at the homecoming celebration. 

"We went to Dallas last year when we lost to A&M. It was really hard so I was really rooting for the girls so we came from Dallas today. We had to support them and we had to be there for them and we're just ecstatic," said another fan.

The first team in NCAA history to go 40-O.

Today loyal fans got a look back at that perfect season, heard from players and Kim Mulkey herself.

"On behalf of our team we want to to thank the people that mean the most to us our families," said Lady Bears center Brittney Griner.

"I told them in the locker room after the game, everyone of you could go to another great university and play 40 minutes a game and average double figures but what you would have never gotten is this trophy right here," said Mulkey.

And the bar has been set high for next season.

"I don't want to jinx them but I'm thinking 80-0," said a Baylor fan.

But the lady bears are happily embracing the expectation.

"Better get your tickets to New Orleans. See you next year," said Mulkey.


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Bob,I see the case you have made for the teams ahead of Boise. At this point I cannot argue them too much, bcseuae while Boise has had an easier schedule than most (all of the top teams actually refused to play them except VT and OSU same with next year) they have had commanding wins over just about all of their competition. Alabama got very lucky in that comeback win over Arkansas who had a monstrous collapse. Also, LSU beat an entirely depleted team for the first week of the season. UNC was down I believe something like 18 players and 13 of which were seniors? And they still did not win with any kind of comfort. Nevada will probably be a small test for Boise, but hopefully they can implode the BCS and get in that title game and see where things go from there. You also should look at the stats. 3rd points for 3rd points against. Remember when in college basketball Memphis was top in the nation in scoring and everyone wrote them off? I see this as a similar situation. Even the second team for Boise has been shutting teams down. And if you look at SJSU Boise shut them out 48-0 as opposed to Wisconsin who only got past them 27-14 a much more contested game if you ask me.

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