Baylor's Lady Bears Wins NCAA Championship

Baylor University (BU)’s Lady Bears basketball team returned home yesterday to its Baptist-affiliated campus in Texas from Indianapolis with their first NCAA title after gaining victory over the Michigan State Spartans on April 5.

"It's wonderful to have Baylor University given such positive national recognition," said Baylor President Robert Sloan, who will resign from presidency and become university chancellor June 1.

The Associated Baptist Press (ABP) reported that the team finished the season with a 33-3 record, including 20 straight wins. The team celebrated the NCAA championship following the three victories over No. 1 seeds -- North Carolina, Louisiana State University and Michigan State.

Sloan hopes that the school’s excellence, whether in athletics or academics, reflects its commitment to the Lord.

"Our prayer is always, whether in athletics or academics, that excellence would be seen as an expression of our commitment to the Lord. We see this as an opportunity to bear witness,” said Sloan.

Sloan praised the women's team for their character both on and off the court, saying, "These girls are wonderful moral representatives of the university."

Lady Bear’s star center, Steffanie Blackmon, said "It is such a blessing to be here and a blessing to win because this is what we worked so hard for."

“We set goals, and we reached every single one of them. This means a lot for the community," she said.

Sloan praised the women's team for their character both on and off the court, saying, "These girls are wonderful moral representatives of the university."