The second-ranked Baylor Lady Bears are coming off a national championship last season. On Tuesday night, players and coaches received their national championship rings and hung the title banner prior to their season-opening game against New Hampshire.
Most teams experience a slump following such an incredible season capped with a national title. But that wasn’t the case for this Baylor squad on Tuesday night.
The Lady Bears got right back to their championship-level play, jumping out to a 51-3 halftime lead. Yes, you read that right. Baylor had a 48-point lead entering the second half.
Oh good they got a field goal pic.twitter.com/fL8llrA32N
— Howard Megdal (@howardmegdal) November 6, 2019
New Hampshire was able to muster up just three points in 20 minutes of play. The Lady Bears had a terrific defensive team last season. It looks like they’ll be tough to score on once again this year.
Many national experts expect Baylor to be on its way back to the Final Four this season. The Lady Bears knocked off the Oregon Ducks in the national semifinal before beating Notre Dame in a 82-81 thriller in last season’s NCAA Tournament. It was one of the most exciting national championship finishes in recent memory.
Despite winning last year’s national championship, Baylor starts the year at No. 2 in the AP Top 25. That may be due to the graduation of second team All-American forward Kalani Brown. But for now, the team is adjusting just fine without her.
The Lady Bears got off to a great start to their 2019-20 season on Tuesday night.