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Lady Bears hope to defeat unbeaten Aussies

Nov. 12, 1997

By Denita Stevens

Sports Reporter for The Baylor Lariat

The Baylor women's basketball team will battle the Australian Institute of Sports and attempt to blemish the flawless record of the undefeated AIS at 7 tonight at the Ferrell Special Events Center. It will be their second rendezvous on the courts and Baylor has a chance to avert defeat as they did not when they first competed against AIS nearly two years ago and were defeated 58-54.

Baylor's team will include the top scorer, senior post Tasia Wright of Huntsville, and the top rebounder, junior post Kacy Moffitt from Leander, from Baylor's first run-in with AIS on November 17, 1995.

AIS is located in Canbarra, Australia, and is a basketball team comprised of 16, 17 and 18 year olds that develops outstanding junior players to strengthen Australia's internal rankings.

'They are big, physical and can shoot the ball well.' Head Coach Sonja Hogg said.

'We played them my freshman year and I remember that they were really tall and really young girls,' Moffitt said.

Moffitt, who is 6'4 1/2', slightly taller than the tallest Australian, who is 6' 4', will be given the opportunity to demonstrate the skills that have her receiving preseason all-Big-12 honors.

When the season concludes, it will be decided which team of five women she will be positioned on -- first, second, or third.

Last year, she was honored with placement on the second team.

Junior guard Laura Webb from Mandurah, Australia, joins Moffitt in receiving preseason Big 12 honors and she was also named Newcomer of the Year.

Webb, a transfer, ranked sixth in the nation in scoring in 1995-96 at Lamar University.

The Big 12 Coaches Preseason Poll also predicted Baylor would finish 7th in the conference, while the league's media opted for 8th place.

Baylor's next match will be Sunday against San Jose State, which will be the first time the two teams face each another on the court.

However, Coach Hogg said, 'We're just taking one game at a time and I won't plan for San Jose State until tonight (after the game).'

'Hopefully we will win,' Moffitt said. She said the game against AIS will help the team get ready for conference games.

AIS has already annihilated five other Texas teams, including Texas A&M, Abilene Christian University, West Texas A&M, University of Houston and Rice University.

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