Lady Bears roll, 105-75Nov. 11, 1999
By TORIE JOHNSON
With 1:23 remaining in the game, the Lady Bears got a standing ovation. The reason for the applause was only partially because the team led by 30 points. The sparse crowd stood for the Baylor team that scored 105 points.
In season-opening exhibition play, the Lady Bears defeated the Houston Jaguars, 105-75. Head Coach Sonja Hogg received balanced and consistent play from a variety of sources.
Junior forward Monica Arnold led the team with 19 points off the bench and sophomore forward Danielle Crockrom followed with 15 points. Rounding out the double-digit scorers were sophomores Brittany Bruns and Nicole Collins with 13, senior Mandy Hayworth added 12.
'This game gets the tempo going for the rest of the season,' Collins said. 'It's just like a conference game or any other game. Last year, we wouldn't have come out and played in the first three or four minutes, and you can't do that against a good team. You can't do that against an average team.'
Hogg said she got a good opportunity to see exactly what she wanted.
'In exhibition games, you want to see the younger ones and the ones who didn't get to play as much,' she said. 'You also want to get a look at different combinations. I just wanted to see everybody play.'
Aside from consistent play of the team, the Lady Bears seemed to have renewed chemistry on the court. Collins stepped into the role as team leader and said it is easy to lead because of the good connection between the players.
Arnold added it was just good to see someone else on the court.
'Now we know what we can do,' Arnold said. 'It's good to play someone that we won't play in practice. When we practice, we know what we are going to do, but now we know what we will do when we play someone else.'