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Lady Bears drop 2nd-straight game

Feb. 6, 2001

Basketball team falls to Lady Buffs

By MARK ALLAN PETERSON

Sports writer

Following an emotional overtime loss Thursday night against Oklahoma State University, the Lady Bear basketball team immediately headed to Boulder to take on the No. 19-ranked University of Colorado. With only one day's rest, the fatigue showed.

Britt Hartshorn scored 17 points and Mandy Nightingale added 15 as the Lady Buffaloes (15-5 overall and 6-3 in the Big 12) eased past Baylor 85-66 on Saturday night.

'We played a good Colorado team, and they came out to play right from the get-go,' junior guard Nicole Collins said. 'That's something we didn't do. The refs were calling it pretty tight, but that's part of life on the road.'

Baylor fell to 15-6 overall and 4-6 in the Big 12 Conference.

The game was Colorado's 500th win, making it the 46th team in the NCAA to reach that plateau.

The Lady Bears were staggered with foul trouble throughout the first half, forcing several starters to sit on the bench. Colorado also went on a 7-0 run near the end of the half, leaving Baylor down 37-28 at intermission.

'I felt really good at the half,' Baylor head Coach Kim Mulkey said. 'Even with them on the bench, we were only down by nine.'

In the second half, the Lady Bears went on an 18-10 run, cutting the Colorado lead to only one. That was as close as they would get.

Colorado, led by Hartshorn, went on a 22-8 run, clinching the win for the Lady Buffaloes.

'We were really penetrating and moving the ball well in the second half,' Colorado head Coach Ceal Barry said after the game.

Sheila Lambert led all players in scoring with 28 points. She also added seven assists for Baylor, which shot only 36.8 percent from the floor as a team.

The Lady Buffaloes held Baylor's leading scorer Danielle Crockrom to 15 points and only five rebounds before fouling out with a little more than two minutes left in the game.

Once again, the Lady Bears fell out of the top 25. They were previously No. 20 in last week's poll, but did not receive enough votes to stay in this week.

Baylor's next game is Wednesday against No. 11-ranked Texas Tech University at the Ferrell Special Events Center.