UPDATED: Monday, April 23, 2012 - 1:57am
WACO -- Excitement. Passion. And a little bit of humor.
"This will go with my crooked lip," said Kim Mulkey, Baylor women's basketball coach, in reference to her diagnosis of Bell's Palsy.
Hundreds of people packed into the Ferrell Center Wednesday to welcome home the Lady Bears -- this year's NCAA champions.
"As soon as they won yesterday we were so happy and I skipped work so I might get in trouble but I'm here," said a Baylor fan at the homecoming celebration.
"We went to Dallas last year when we lost to A&M. It was really hard so I was really rooting for the girls so we came from Dallas today. We had to support them and we had to be there for them and we're just ecstatic," said another fan.
The first team in NCAA history to go 40-O.
Today loyal fans got a look back at that perfect season, heard from players and Kim Mulkey herself.
"On behalf of our team we want to to thank the people that mean the most to us our families," said Lady Bears center Brittney Griner.
"I told them in the locker room after the game, everyone of you could go to another great university and play 40 minutes a game and average double figures but what you would have never gotten is this trophy right here," said Mulkey.
And the bar has been set high for next season.
"I don't want to jinx them but I'm thinking 80-0," said a Baylor fan.
But the lady bears are happily embracing the expectation.
"Better get your tickets to New Orleans. See you next year," said Mulkey.