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Women's basketball defeats Lady Ags

Feb. 13, 2001

Lambert scores 24 in 80-55 win

MARK ALLAN PETERSON

Sports writer

Following three straight losses, the Baylor Lady Bears basketball team was ready to prove it was worthy of its former top-25 status. The Lady Bears did not disappoint.

Sheila Lambert finished with 24 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds en route to an 80-55 win over Texas A&M University Saturday night at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

Baylor improved to 16-6 on the season and 5-6 in Big 12 Conference play.

The first half saw A&M keeping close with the Lady Bears, tying the game at 22 with a little more than five minutes left in the half.

But the Lady Bears ended the half on a 12-2 run, going up 34-24 at intermission.

A&M star forward Jaynetta Saunders, the leading scorer in the Big 12, picked up her third foul at the 4:04 mark, forcing her to sit out the rest of the half.

Baylor then stormed out in the second half, taking a quick 17-point lead.

'I always believe the first five minutes of the second half are critical in any ball game,' head Coach Kim Mulkey said. 'I thought that the run at the end of the first half inspired us.'

Monica Arnold led the way early on for the Lady Bears, scoring eight of Baylor's first 10 points.

'I started having confidence in my shot,' she said. 'I just started trying to knock 'em down and take my time and be patient.'

From then on Baylor had full control, taking a 73-45 lead with 3:23 to go, their largest of the game.

A total of 12 players saw action for the Lady Bears.

Besides Lambert, the Lady Bears were inspired by the play of Danielle Crockrom and Arnold, who each had 15 points. Arnold added 10 rebounds, making it her fourth double-double on the season.

Baylor also had its best shooting performance of the season as a team, going 33-for-63. They shot 60 percent from the field in the second half alone.

'When you shoot 50 percent or above, you're going to win a lot of ball games,' Mulkey said.

Saunders finished the game with 15 points and 10 boards, on a mere 5 for 20 shooting.

'I take my hat off to everybody who guarded [Saunders], especially Chanelle [Fox],' Lambert said. 'She did a great job on her.'

The Lady Aggies fall to 12-10 overall and 2-9 in league play.

This is Baylor's first win over the Lady Aggies in the past four meetings.

The Bears return to action this Wednesday when they face the No. 18-ranked University of Texas in Austin. Baylor won its previous meeting 73-51 at the Ferrell Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.