The Lady Bears got their first chance to really prepare for Oregon on Wednesday after spending the morning at ESPN’s Media Day.
Oregon went through a similar process but they would appear to have a much tougher task, trying to figure out a weakness for Baylor.
The Lady Bears have taken turns sharing the load. With most of the attention being paid to the low-post presence of Lauren Cox and Kalani Brown, it really opens things up for the other three players on the floor, like Didi Richards who averaged over 20 points per game in the Greensboro Regional.
“It’s not something you expect, just something that kind of comes, I guess,” Richards said of her Greensboro performances. “But without my teammates I would not be able to do what I do, because without the — without the attention they get in the inside, I wouldn’t be so wide open under.”
Her Head coach Kim Mulkey has seen Richards grow from an offensive liability to someone teams must account for when she’s on the offensive end of the floor.
“If you watch film on us, people tend to not guard her,” she said. “They think she’s the least offensive threat that we have, so instead of being a liability on the offensive end, we have helped her figure out how to be effective and not be a liability and not take her man and go double on the post as much as they were earlier in the season.”
Richards and the Lady Bears will get a chance to practice inside Amalie Arena, the site of this weekend’s Final Four on Thursday morning.