WACO, Texas -- Kim Mulkey has long anticipated how good Baylor could be this season.The coach who has two national titles with the second-ranked Lady Bears was already talking about the 2017 NCAA Final Four two seasons ago.I must say shes a smart woman, preseason All-America forward Nina Davis said with a smile.Mulkey was enamored with what three sophomore starters, including All-Big 12 player of the year Davis, were already doing then. The coach also knew former Duke transfer Alexis Jones and two McDonalds All-America post players would make their Baylor debuts last season, and two more prep All-Americans would join them this year.That is the group on the court now, and it will get tested early.You are excited, but whats taking over right now is not the excitement. Its the energy it takes to get them all on the same page, said Mulkey, going into her 17th season at Baylor. I dont care how talented they are. Weve got to all be on the same page and weve got to all be clicking at some point.After the season opener Friday against Houston Baptist, the Lady Bears have consecutive games against No. 9 UCLA and at No. 3 Connecticut.The Lady Bears have won the last six Big 12 championships. But they havent been to the Final Four since the 40-0 national title in 2012, and their last three seasons ended with losses in the Elite Eight.Im probably more driven than ever, Davis said. I dont think I ever wanted something as much as a national championship. ... So Im definitely motivated.While the Lady Bears could have used Eight Is Not Enough as a motto again, they have Destination Dallas this season.The Final Four next spring is about 100 miles from their campus in the NBA arena where they lost to Oregon State in the Elite Eight last March to finish a 36-2 season.You want them to take it a step further, and it would be fun in Dallas because its a place where a lot of people can get to, a lot of Baylor fans, Mulkey said. But wed still have the same motivation if it was on the other side of the country.National assists leader Niya Johnson is gone, but Baylor returns seven of its top eight scorers -- led by seniors Davis (16.3 points per game) and Jones (15.0 ppg), whos had surgery on both knees before.Im a lot healthier this year, not having a lot of knee pains, said Jones, who tore her left ACL at Duke and had microfracture surgery on her right knee during her redshirt year after transferring. Im at full-go, no issues right now. Ive been in treatment a lot, I ice probably about five times a day.Jones and returning starting guard Kristy Wallace will both get time at the point spot.Kalani Brown, a 6-foot-7 post who is now 20 pounds lighter, averaged 9.3 points and 4.3 rebounds a game as a freshman while starting only one game last season. Beatrice Mompremier, the other big freshman, scored 7.2 points a game and matched Davis with a team-leading 6.1 rebounds.We dont make it as far as we did without both of them, Mulkey said. I dont start them together, but I darn sure could and I probably at some point will.Mompremier is healthy after surgery to repair an issue that caused her shoulder to pop out of place several times in high school and during her freshman season.The freshmen this season are a trio of Texas players: 6-4 forward Lauren Cox, considered by many as the nations top recruit, along with 6-1 guard Natalie Chou and 5-9 guard Calveion Juicy Landrum from Waco.I plan to put them in the mix early, Mulkey said. Theyre going to be three outstanding players for us. Nike React Element 87 Baratas . But Bourque, who has missed three games with a lower-body injury, wont be in the lineup when the Habs travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres on Wednesday. Air Force 1 Utility Comprar . Just as Montreal was settling into the first full working week of a new year, the Impact announced the appointment of their new head coach. http://www.airforceonebaratas.com/ . 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They reached the 100-point plateau for the fourth time in five games, bested the visiting Trail Blazers by 34 in the paint and scored 19 of the final 25 points in regulation. 9Mitchell Starc (24 wickets at 15.16)Until Rangana Heraths final day burst of wickets to complete a 3-0 sweep, Starc was the series leading wicket taker by a distance, a remarkable effort in the prevailing conditions. This series was confirmation of his arrival as a mature yet still fiercely-fast Test bowler, now pain-free after ankle and foot surgeries. His evolution has been undoubtedly helped by the presence of Allan Donald on this tour, particularly in reversing the ball from over the wicket in addition to his favoured line from around the stumps. The only member of the touring party to significantly enhance his reputation, even if his batting dropped off alongside the rest of the tail.8Shaun Marsh (153 runs at 76.50)An excellent first-innings century upon returning to the team in the third Test and a decent opening stand with David Warner in the second innings too. Unfortunately Marsh was unable to confound his reputation as the architect of some great one-off innings by dint of his omission until the series had been decided. Nevertheless, Marsh has shored up his spot for the tour of India next year, regardless of what happens in the Tests at home.6Josh Hazlewood (7 wickets at 32.71)Nothing spectacular or out of the ordinary, Hazlewood at least did his job, which was more than could be said for many team-mates. He bowled economically, and took advantage of the only real seam movement available for the series by taking wickets at Pallekele. Offered next to nothing with the bat, but its not what hes in the team for.Steve OKeefe (3 wickets at 24.66)Was shaping as Australias most dangerous spin-bowling option for the series before a hamstring strain sentenced him to an early trip home. If OKeefe was crestfallen by that moment of misfortune, he at least channeled it into a long, stubborn stay at the crease alongside Peter Nevill to try stave off defeat at Pallekele - his best Test innings. Less edifying was a police report for abusing pub security and refusing to leave the venue on a night out after he returned home.5Mitchell Marsh (163 runs at 27.16 and 2 wickets at 59.00)A series of starts with the bat and some handy spells with the ball offered more evidence - admittedly of the fleeing kind - that Marsh is going to evolve into a cricketer of substance. Annoyed to be foxed by a Lakshan Sandakan googly and bowled at Pallekele, Marsh played the left-arm wristspinner better from that point, though also falling victim to Rangana Heraths wiles. Still defends with hard hands early in his innings, but progress is being made.4Steven Smith (247 runs at 41.16)Played two of the three most substantial Australian innings of the series, but also played the worst shot to get out - a harebrained charge down the wicket at Herath in Pallekele that was both unnecessary at that time and ultimately damaging to Australias chances for the whole series. As captain of a team so thoroughly humiliated, Smith maintained his dignity, but did not seem anymore capable of mastering conditions or situations than the men he led. Tactically sound, he could perhaps have bowled more, and certainly caught better.Nathan Lyon (16 wickets at 31.93)Better figures than he returned in the UAE in 2014 are misleading - Lyon needed to assert himself on this tour and was unable to do so. Partly this was because his spin up method is best suited to Australia, and partly because sheer unrelenting accuracy eluded him when it was needed. But there was also the sense, evident before, that as a quiet and diffident character, Lyon is happiest as part of a bowling ensemble rather than as the spearhead. At a time when the moment needed seizing, he could not do so.David Warner (163 runs at 27.16)A hard-driving 68 in the final innings of the series shows what Warner could have offered on this tour, had he been able to get through his first few balls at Pallekele. Instead a pair of low scores underlined his lack of match preparation coming into the tour, and thereafter his obvious talent was not accompanied by any sense of permanence at the battiing crease.dddddddddddd. It is now four overseas series since Warner last made a hundred away from home. More is needed from Smiths lieutenant.Jon Holland (5 wickets at 54.80)So surprised was Holland at his call-up to replace OKeefe that he had to renew his passport in 24 hours before flying to Sri Lanka. Once he joined the side, Holland struggled to adapt to the method best suited to the pitches, where side spin and skid are more important than overspin and bounce. Even so, Holland improved in Colombo, and in the first innings bowled beautifully. However he was let down in the field and by ill fortune, meaning he had precious few wickets to show for his work. Lacking the confidence those wickets mayhem brought, he then struggled on day four. Should not be ruled out of India.3Adam Voges (118 runs at 19.66)In the words of Tex Perkins, the honeymoon is over baby, its never gonna be that way again. Voges arrived in Sri Lanka with a Test average of 95.5 and the confident expectation of making runs after playing on a series of slow, low tracks in England with Middlesex. However he managed to get himself out in varying ways across the first two Tests, culminating in a rash of reverse sweeps in Galle. Colombo ended with a textbook lbw dismissal by Herath, the same method by which he very nearly fell to his first ball of the series. Voges Test record remains handsome, but he has receded from the Bradman platform to that of a mere Pollock. The selectors must now work out how long they want to keep him on board, and sound out Voges as to his own intentions.Joe Burns (34 runs at 8.50)Like Voges, Burns was out in a variety of ways across the first two Tests, before finding himself dropped for the Colombo Test. He looked at times to be out of his depth, but in the second innings at Pallekele established a decent platform only to cop Sandakans best ball of the series. Should the selectors choose to pick a team tailored even further to India than this one was to Sri Lanka, Burns may find himself surplus to requirements, bit it would be harsh to leave him out at home given his successes last summer. Peter Nevill (51 runs at 8.50 and 11 dismissals)One dogged innings at Pallekele, one sneaky smart stumping at the SSC and very little else. Nevill is an admirable cricketer, all hard work and diligence, but he was unable to build scores in Sri Lanka and his keeping showed signs of deterioration as the series went on. Among the biggest issues for Nevill and the selectors is that his busy, correct batting technique looks more batsman-like than his glovemans commission at No. 7 - he bats higher up the order for NSW. At the very least a shift above Mitchell Marsh may be needed to allow Nevill the chance to form partnerships with other batsmen.2Moises Henriques (8 runs at 4.00)A puzzling selection for the tour and even more so for the third Test, Henriques took an opportunity that could have been used to let Burns or Khawaja redeem themselves just as Kaushal Silva would go on to do. Henriques is a good tourist, a fine fielder and a mature young man, but his first-class record simply did not warrant inclusion to bat No. 5 in a Test match, and a pair of low scores served only to underline the point.Usman Khawaja (55 runs at 13.75)Before this tour Khawaja inked a new bat contract with Kookaburra, signifying his rise in standing and financial status after a wondrous 2015-16 season. What followed in Sri Lanka was a rapid fall, as four cheap exits and worrying patterns of dismissal had him dropped for the third Test. Perhaps most troubling in all this is the fact that Khawaja was actually one of the more experienced batsmen on tour in respect to Asian conditions - he had toured Sri Lanka in 2011 and then gone to India two years later. A return to the top three in Australia is likely, but he has some serious thinking to do before India next year, if the selectors decide to choose him, that is. ' ' '