Baylor Lady Bears Defeat Notre Dame 80-61 to Cap Perfect 40-0 Season

By Kris Hughes

The Baylor Bears women’s basketball team made history this evening with a dominating 80-61 win over Notre Dame.

With the win, the Lady Bears finished the season 40-0 and became the first team in NCAA basketball history– men’s or women’s– to win 40 games in a season.

Led by All-Everything 6’8″ center Brittney Griner, the Lady Bears took a 34-28 lead into halftime and never looked back. Griner finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocks, and controlled the game with her paint presence on both ends of the floor.

Baylor’s 40-0 finish marks only the seventh undefeated season in NCAA Women’s Basketball history and the second National Championship title for head coach Kim Mulkey, who also led the Lady Bears to a title in 2005.

Notre Dame, led by star junior guard Skylar Diggins cut the Baylor lead to three points with 15:30 left to play in the second half, but a 17-2 Bears run soon thereafter put the hammer down and ensured a perfect season would be reality.

Sure, Brittney Griner is the face of the Baylor Lady Bears– and will be at least one more season, given her announcement today that she will indeed return for a 4th year as a senior– but Odyssey Sims had just as much to do with the team’s overall success this season as did Griner, and should be a big part of Baylor’s run toward a repeat in 2013.

With a group of returners that will only suffer the loss of two seniors, the Baylor Lady Bears’ win streak could easily approach the Connecticut Lady Huskies streak of 90 games between 2008 and 2010.

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Kris Hughes is a Network Manager for Rant Sports. If you enjoy his takes, you can follow Kris on Twitter, check out his personal Facebook page, or stop by his personal Tumblr page. 

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