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Baylor Adapts To Rule Change With Pressure
November 18, 2013
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Wendell Barnhouse is a nationally-known and respected columnist who has spent over 20 years covering collegiate athletics. He has reported from 25 Final Fours and more than three dozen bowl games and has written about the Big 12 and its schools since the conference's beginning. Barnhouse will be updating the Big 12 Insider on happenings and behind-the-scenes information about the conference.

ESPN women’s college basketball analyst Rebecca Lobo writes that Baylor is a team that should benefit from a rule change that has been implemented this season:

Women's college basketball has finally implemented the 10-second backcourt rule. If a team hasn't crossed half court -- either by a dribbler handling the ball, the ball touching a person in the frontcourt, or the ball touching the floor in the frontcourt -- before the shot clock reaches 20 seconds, a violation has occurred and the defense gets the ball.

The Brittney Griner era is over in Waco, as the best shot-blocker in the history of women's college basketball has moved on to the WNBA. The new-look Lady Bears feature five freshmen, four sophomores and the best on-ball defender in the country in Odyssey Sims. Coach Kim Mulkey plans to give a lot of these young kids playing time and will let them try to wreak havoc in the full court.

"We're gonna have to pick up full court," Mulkey told me. "We're gonna have to rely on effort and energy until the young players get knowledge and experience." In their home opener against Grambling, Baylor had 12 players play double-digit minutes and forced four turnovers off the 19 possessions where they picked up with full-court pressure.

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