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Maybe someone at the Final Four will actually give Baylor

GREENSBORO , N.C. (AP) — a game.Four rounds into the NCAA Tournament, and the Bears have barely faced any resistance.Baylor cruised to its first Final Four since 2012 with its latest bracket blowout, this one an 85-53 rout of Iowa on Monday night in the Greensboro Regional final.“We’re getting up,” forward Lauren Cox said, “and we’re not letting people get back in the game.”Cox had 22 points and 11 rebounds, Didi Richards added 16 points and 10 rebounds and Chloe Jackson had 14 points.The No. 1 overall-seeded Bears (35-1) won their 27th straight game by shooting 53%, clamping down on All-American Megan Gustafson and her supporting cast and holding the nation’s best shooting team to a season-worst 32%.“We don’t know that we’re going to score this many points every night,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “What we do know is, we’re going to defend you. … That’s the way I was taught. That’s the way I believe. … Nobody likes to be guarded for 40 minutes. It’s work. It’s hard.”Their four tournament victories have come by an average of more than 38 points with none closer than 25. Now, it’s on to Tampa Womens Eddie Jackson Jersey , Florida, for the school’s fourth Final Four and its first in seven years, when the Bears won their second national championship.The 6-foot-4 Cox — a third-team AP All-America pick selected as the region’s most outstanding player — and fellow twin tower Kalani Brown, a 6-7 second-team All-American, teamed up to dominate both the glass and the heavily hyped matchup with Gustafson, the nation’s leading scorer at 27.9 points per game.Brown finished with 14 points, and Baylor held a 47-26 rebounding advantage with 20 second-chance points to six for Iowa. The Bears also outscored the Hawkeyes 52-24 in the paint.“Baylor was obviously too much for us today,” coach Lisa Bluder said.Gustafson finished with 23 points on 9-of-17 shooting, but was held without a rebound in the second half for second-seeded Iowa (29-7). Kathleen Doyle and Tania Davis each had 10 points.“We just tried to limit her touches,” Cox said. “She’s a good player. She’s going to get her points. We just couldn’t let that second or third player go off.”The Bears — who entered allowing their opponents to shoot a Division I-worst 31.4% — held Iowa way below its previous worst of 41.1% at Purdue on Jan. 10.BIG PICTUREIowa: The Hawkeyes hadn’t made it this far into the bracket since 1993 — when C. Vivian Stringer led them to their lone Final Four — but their worst shooting night of the year came at the worst possible time. That was Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Jersey , of course, mostly due to the Bears and their stingy defense.“I’m not going to define our season by the last 40 minutes,” Bluder said. “I don’t think we played our best game. Did Baylor have something to do with it? Absolutely.”Baylor: Maybe the Bears will face some game pressure in Tampa. They certainly haven’t so far in this tournament. They won their first three games by an average of 40.3 points, then turned the matchup of Cox and Brown against Gustafson into their latest mismatch.BLOWOUTLeave it to Baylor — which ranks second nationally with an average margin of victory of 27.2 points — to advance in blowout fashion. This one came after Sunday’s two regional finals produced tight, tense games, with a pair of No. 2 seeds — Connecticut and Oregon — winning by a combined 11 points.STAR WATCHGustafson fell one rebound shy of setting an NCAA single-season record with her 34th double-double of the season. She’ll have to settle for sharing the record with two other players after she matched them with No. 33 in the Sweet 16. Baylor held her without an offensive rebound. “They had a little bit of a size advantage,” said the 6-3 Gustafson. “They were just throwing extra bodies at me.”KEY STRETCHBaylor held the Hawkeyes without a field goal for a key five-minute stretch shortly before halftime while building a 16-point lead, then gradually stretched it into the 20s after halftime with a mix of jumpers and layups. The Bears went up 55-35 on NaLyssa Smith’s layup with 5½ minutes left in the third — and at that point, the Hawkeyes had as many shots blocked (three) in the quarter as they had go in.UP NEXTBaylor faces Portland Region champion Oregon on Friday night in the national semifinals in Tampa, Florida. SEATTLE (0-1) at CHICAGO (0-1)Monday , 8:15 p.m. ET, ESPNOPENING LINE — Bears by 3RECORD VS. SPREAD — Seattle 0-0-1, Chicago 1-0SERIES RECORD — Seattle leads 11-6LAST MEETING — Seahawks beat Bears 26-0, Sept. 27, 2015LAST WEEK – Seahawks lost to Broncos 27-24; Bears lost to Packers 24-23AP PRO32 RANKING — Seahawks No. 21, Bears No. 22SEAHAWKS OFFENSE — OVERALL (24), RUSH (30), PASS (14).SEAHAWKS DEFENSE — OVERALL (28), RUSH (26), PASS (29).BEARS OFFENSE — OVERALL (27) Womens Chase Daniel Jersey , RUSH (9), PASS (26).BEARS DEFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (5), PASS (26).STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Seahawks are 23-9 in Monday night games, including 11-game win streak snapped by Atlanta last November. … Seattle had 16 rushing attempts — 14 by running backs — last week. … Seahawks were 2 of 12 on third downs in opener. … Coach Pete Carroll needs two victories to tie Mike Holmgren’s club-record 90, counting regular season and postseason. Carroll has 79 regular-season wins, seven shy of Holmgren’s franchise mark. … QB Russell Wilson threw for 298 yards, three TDs last week. Wilson needs one win to tie Matt Hasselbeck as Seahawks’ winningest starting QB with 74 victories counting playoffs. He needs five to tie Dave Krieg’s franchise regular-season record of 70. … Seattle’s top WR Doug Baldwin likely to miss next few games after suffering MCL injury in right knee during opener. … WR Brandon Marshall played for Chicago from 2012-14, will be facing former team for second straight week. Marshall’s only other game at Soldier Field as visitor was Nov. 25 Bennie Fowler III Jersey , 2007 with Denver. … Will Dissly had 105 yards receiving, one TD last week, making him first tight end with at least 100 yards, one TD in NFL debut. … Bears are playing in prime time again after gut-wrenching loss at Green Bay on Sunday night. Blew 20-point lead in coach Matt Nagy’s debut even though Aaron Rodgers was hobbled by knee injury. … OLB Khalil Mack plays at Soldier Field for first time since blockbuster trade from Oakland on Sept. 1. Two-time All-Pro had strip-sack that led to turnover and 27-yard interception return for TD against backup DeShone Kizer in opener. … Rookie LB Roquan Smith sacked Kizer on first career play. No. 8 overall pick was in for eight snaps. … QB Mitchell Trubisky struggled at key moments last week, finishing 23 of 35 for 171 yards with 77.2 passer rating. … WR Allen Robinson had team-leading 61 yards receiving in Bears debut. … Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher will be inducted into Bears Ring of Excellence at halftime. … Fantasy tip: Marshall probably would love nothing more than big game against former team. And with Baldwin hurt, he could emerge as Wilson’s No. 1 target.

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