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Basketball teams continue non-conference action

Dec. 1, 2000

Women head west to battle USAF

By MONIQUE BECK

Reporter

The Baylor women's basketball team will play the Air Force Academy at 3 p.m. Sunday.

The Lady Bears will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., with a spotless 4-0 season record under their belt.

The Lady Bears received nine votes in this week's Associated Press Poll. The program hasn't received any votes in almost three years.

'I'm really proud of our players,' said head Coach Kim Mulkey. 'It's a step in the right direction for our program.'

Junior guard Sheila Lambert has led the team in scoring in every game this season and also leads in blocks per game.

However, she is not alone.

Junior forward Danielle Crockrom tied Lambert with 20 points Tuesday night against Bethune-Cookman College and led the team with 12 rebounds.

Both she and senior center Monica Arnold are averaging double-digits in points.

This year's start is the best since the 1991-92 season, when Baylor began with a 6-0 record.

'I know we weren't expected to do so well this season,' said freshman guard Chanelle Fox. 'I'm glad we've gotten a good start.'

Fox looks forward to playing her best friend Amoy Jackson, a freshman guard who is listed as one of USAF's top newcomers.

Fox said the Lady Bears have been working on rebounding in practice and she expects the team to be 'a lot more physical' in the upcoming game.

'I think we'll be a lot more aggressive and crash the boards more often,' she said.

The Bears will face USAF head Coach Sue Darling and top returner Rozalyn Russ, a 5-foot-8-inch junior guard who averaged 9.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game last year.

The Lady Falcons are 2-3 so far this season, but fatigue could play a factor, as the Falcons will host their Air Force Classic Friday and Saturday before playing Baylor.

Baylor is relatively healthy, but freshman guard Jessika Stratton has a strained ligament in her left wrist, and Mulkey said she does not know how long it will keep Stratton out of action.

However, Stratton will travel back to her home state with the Lady Bears Sunday.