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Lady Bears fail to put Kansas away in 66-54 loss

March 6, 1997

By Meghan Crona

Lariat Sports Reporter

All things must come to an end.

The Lady Bear basketball team learned that yesterday in Kansas City, Mo.

The Bears' season ended after they were defeated by the No. 11-ranked University of Kansas Jayhawks, 66-54, in a heartbreaking game.

Amanda Mooney, a Waco junior, led the Bears in scoring with 14 points, while Nicole Palmer, an Overland Park, Kan., junior, finished with 11. Kacy Moffitt, a Leander sophomore, ended the game with seven. Moffitt had previously scored double figures in 12 of the last 14 games.

The Bears led the Jayhawks at half time 24-21, but ran out of energy at the end of the second half. In the last five minutes of the game it was a crucial three-point shot by a Kansas player that started the Jayhawks game-winning run.

The Bears knew they were going to have their hands full with the Jayhawks. Tamecka Dixon, a 5- foot-9-inch guard, was named Big 12 player of the year. Dixon ended the game with 22 points and Angie Halbleid finished with 10.

The first time that these teams met, the Jayhawks destroyed the Bears, 79-49. Mooney led scoring in that game with 10 points with Tasia Wright leading in rebounding with 4. Moffitt scored only one point in that game.

With the loss the Bears finish their season 15-13 and 8-9 against conference opponents. This is the first winning record and the most wins the Bears have had since the 1983-84 season.

On Tuesday, the Bears defeated the Oklahoma State Cowgirls, 68-62. Three players finished the game in double figures. Moffitt led the team in scoring with 17 points with Palmer scoring 15 and Toya Ellis, a Famersville sophomore, scoring 12.

Moffitt also led the team in rebounding with 9 and Amy Alcala, a Midland sophomore, pulled down 8.

The Baylor softball team managed to stay in the USA Today/National Fast Pitch Coaches Association Top 25 Poll this week, with a No. 24 ranking.

The Bears slipped two spots in the Top 25 Poll after losing three games during the Troy Cox Invitational tournament in Las Cruces, N.M., last weekend.

The team moved to 15­6 on the season after sweeping a doubleheader against Centenary College Wednesday. The Bears' next competition will come this weekend at the Oklahoma Sooner Classic in Norman, Okla. Among the teams participating in the three-day tournament is No. 15-ranked Oklahoma.

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