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One big Bear hug

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There is no disputing that Connecticut is far and away the best women’s college basketball program in the world right now.

The Huskies entered into its Sweet 16 game Sunday (Mar. 28) with an NCAA best 74-game winning streak with all of the wins by double digits (including a 76-54 waxing of Louisville in the ’09 title game). There isn’t anyone or anything in their way …

Except maybe one.

OK, the likelihood that Baylor will actually beat UConn this season is as unlikely as seeing Biggie and Pac in concert but it’s not this season we all should expect the new dynasty to emerge, but next season and the one after that and the one after that.

Brittany Griner gets one of her 10 blocks in Baylor's 77-62 win over Tennessee. AP Photo/Lance Murphey

On Saturday, Baylor (26-9) handled perennial power Tennessee (32-3) 77-62 to advance to the Elite 8.  The Bears simply dominated the Lady Vols — well Brittany Griner dominated the Vols.

“You’re watching a phenom out here play above the rim,” said Bears coach Kim Mulkey according to the Associated Press.

Griner finished the game with 27 points and 10 blocks — which gave her 26 for the tournament and ranks her second in history (behind Alison Bales’ 30). But I’ve already praised Griner here so I won’t do it again. This time I’m giving the whole team some love.

Baylor’s roster consist of five freshman and five sophomores.  The Bears are losing only one senior, Morghan Medlock, who led the team with 11 rebounds and added 12 points in the game against the Vols. With a team stocked with youthful talent, UConn’s seat atop of the college landscape may be on shaky ground.

“I’ve been saying all along this team was going to be good,” Mulkey said according to “I didn’t know when it would happen.”

It’s beginning to happen now.


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