Second chance vs. Baylor on horizon for WVU women
Published: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, February 20, 2013 23:02
Get ready everybody – No. 1 Baylor will be coming to the WVU Coliseum in no time. That’s right, you will get to witness the two-time defending champions in Morgantown.
The Mountaineers will get their second opportunity at the top-ranked Lady Bears after falling by 18 points in the first meeting in Waco, Texas.
WVU will also get its second chance at trying to stop 6-foot-8-center Brittney Griner. In the first meeting, she nearly had a triple-double with nine blocks on top of her usual double-double.
Against TCU this weekend, Griner had 22 points and 10 rebounds in only 23 minutes of action. While TCU isn’t necessarily the cream of the crop in the Big 12 Conference, having a double-double in that amount of time is impressive.
Make sure to tune in and pack the Coliseum for this once-in-a-lifetime occasion. Often, you won’t see a girl who dunks in collegiate basketball, so this will be an event you will not want to miss.
Up to this point in the season, Baylor hasn’t lost a conference game. Head coach Kim Mulkey has done a phenomenal job of having this team show up game in and game out. Now, the Lady Bears are on the brink of yet another Big 12 regular season championship. In the win against the Horned Frogs, Baylor at least clinched a share of the conference title.
BU extended its nation-leading streak to 53 home wins, 36 league victories and 22 straight this year. The Lady Bears are arguably playing their best basketball so far.
That is more of a reason for you to come to the Coliseum and support West Virginia against this perennial power.
Griner has been in double figures in 106 straight games. With her block against TCU’s Donielle Breaux, she’s had at least one rejection in 74 straight games. The list of accomplishments for her and this team goes on and on.
While the Mountaineers have their work cut out for them, you never can truly put your finger on how some games will turn out. West Virginia may not necessarily get the victory, but if it can keep it close, that may be something that this team could be proud of.
So get ready for something special March 2. Just like when KU played WVU when it was No. 1, there is always the extra motivation to shock the nation when all the eyes are on your team.
Against a top-5 team in Connecticut two years ago, WVU was very close to upsetting the Huskies. Unfortunately for the Mountaineers, Maya Moore was too good in the second half for West Virginia.
This time around, Baylor will be the UConn of 2010. The Lady Bears have played with as much confidence after their loss against Stanford earlier this season as any team in the country.
Even if basketball is not your favorite thing to watch, this one should be an exception for you. Baylor is very entertaining with how well it dominates the game, and West Virginia is still a quality team fighting for its postseason berth.
Head coach Mike Carey and the Mountaineers will appreciate your support for this momentous game. This is not just your typical, everyday team; Baylor is that much better.
When March 2 comes around, I know where I’ll be. Do you?