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Lady Bears lose to Cowgirls by 3 in overtime

Feb. 2, 2001

By MARK ALLAN PETERSON

Sports writer

Riding off the tragedy involving an Oklahoma State University plane crash, it was not clear how either the Baylor or Oklahoma State women's basketball teams would be affected coming into Thursday night's game.

Fortunately for the Cowgirls, they were able to put aside any external emotions en route to a 69-66 overtime win over the Lady Bears in front of a sparse crowd of 1,129.

'It's a very tough place to come into now,' Baylor head Coach Kim Mulkey said. 'I don't think there's anything much more to say about it.'

The Lady Bears were led by guard Shiela Lambert, who had 19 points.

OSU kept the game close early in the first half, led by forward Kara Faulk, who scored 11 of the Cowgirls' first 21 points.

The Lady Bears then managed to hold the Cowgirls to only two points over the last eight minutes, ending the half up 36-23, their largest lead in the game.

OSU entered the second half looking like a new team. Chantoya Hawkins led the Cowgirls with eight of the team's first 10 points, cutting the Lady Bear lead to 41-35.

The Cowgirl defense then stepped in, shutting Baylor out for a little over four minutes on their way to tying the game at 51.

'We turned the ball over a lot,' Mulkey said. 'We started to play not to lose instead of to win.'

The game was neck-and-neck from then on, although the Cowgirls continued to gain confidence and momentum.

Tied at 55, the Lady Bears had a chance to take the win in regulation, holding possession with a little more than 30 seconds left.

Baylor went to Lambert, who missed a shot, followed by two missed follow-ups by Danielle Crockrom and Monica Arnold, sending the game to overtime.

Up 65-63 with 56 seconds left in overtime, Oklahoma State center Jessica Bates stole the ball as the Cowgirls went on to take a 67-63 lead, their largest of the game.

Baylor had one last chance to tie, down 69-66 with 5.1 seconds to play. Once again, the Lady Bears went to Lambert who missed a three-pointer, clinching the win for the Cowgirls.