Baylor basketball

The NCAA women's basketball tournament's Sweet 16 round continues Sunday, with No. 1 overall seed Baylor taking on No. 5 University of Louisville. Baylor is the defending national champion, and is widely considered the team to beat in this tournament.

Baylor has been one of the most successful women's programs in the nation since head coach Kim Mulkey's first national championship in 2005. The Lady Bears have lost only one game in the past two seasons, and Brooklyn Pope, the lone graduate student on the roster, says they're mentally tougher in 2013.

The defending champion Baylor women’s basketball team moved easily through the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.

The team beat Florida State last night 84-47. It was the final home game of the season for the Lady Bears – and the last ever for senior star Brittney Griner.

The defending champion Baylor women’s basketball team is again the No. 1 overall seed in the women’s NCAA tournament.

The first game for the Lady Bears is Sunday against No. 16 seed Prairie View A&M.

NCAA Finds Baylor Guilty of Infractions

On Wednesday, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) found Baylor University guilty of violating recruiting rules.

The NCAA mainly focused their three-year investigation on the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

In a statement by the NCAA, Baylor men’s basketball coach, Scott Drew, was cited for failure to monitor the program and will be suspended during the first two conference games.

Baylor Women's Win NCAA Championship

Baylor University's women’s basketball team clinched the NCAA national championship last night, besting Notre Dame 80 to 61.

The win sent the Lady Bears into the history books, topping off their undefeated season and making them the first NCAA basketball team ever to win 40 games in a season.

Kentucky is now in the record books as this year's NCAA Division I men's basketball champion after its 67-59 win over Kansas last night.

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Powers Speaks Up for UT Admission Policies

University of Texas president William Powers Jr. defended UT’s admissions process, which looks at race as a factor, in The New York Times this weekend.

Powers applauded the university's "holistic review" policy, which allows it to look at more than just grades.

“If a company had 100 applications for five positions and just took the five with the highest grade point average without looking at anything else, I think people would be stunned,” he said. “Grades are important, but there are other important indicia, like leadership and diligence. Grades don’t tell us who is going to have a proclivity, or aptitude, for geosciences, fine arts or teaching.”

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Barton Springs Pool Reopens Today

After being closed for a week, Barton Springs Pool will reopen today. The famously frigid swimming hole was closed on March 20 due to flooding after last week’s heavy rain.

The pool's hours of operation are from 5 a. m. to 10 p. m. Normally the pool is only open for limited hours on Thursdays due to cleaning, but this Thursday the pool will stay open all day.

Undefeated Baylor Women's Team Makes NCAA Final Four

Photo illustration by Todd Wiseman, Texas Tribune

Victoria Hospital Bans Overweight Job Applicants

KUT News' reporting partner, The Texas Tribune, reports a hospital in Victoria, Texas, bans job applicants from employment for being too overweight.

The Citizens Medical Center policy, instituted a little more than a year ago, requires potential employees to have a body mass index of less than 35 — which is 210 pounds for someone who is 5-foot-5, and 245 pounds for someone who is 5-foot-10. It states that an employee’s physique “should fit with a representational image or specific mental projection of the job of a healthcare professional,” including an appearance “free from distraction” for hospital patients.

Photo illustration by: Todd Wiseman, courtesy of the Texas Tribune.

Should School Districts Use Their Rainy Day Funds?

Under pressure to tap into the state's Rainy Day Fund, Governor Rick Perry said Texas school districts should dip into their own reserve accounts first.  Gov. Perry said districts have about $12 billion in reserve accounts.  Ross Ramsey, of our political reporting partner The Texas Tribune, has a report this morning saying that suggestion is not so simple.