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Lady Bears close out regular season

Feb. 28, 2001

By KYLE DAVIS

Reporter

The No. 24-ranked Baylor women's basketball team will try to reach the 20-win plateau against Kansas State University at 7 tonight at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

A win against the Lady Wildcats would give Baylor its first 20-win season since 1997-98 and only the school's second since 1980-81.

'Winning 20 games would put us in position to be in postseason play,' head Coach Kim Mulkey said.

The Lady Bears are coming off of a 77-57 victory over the University of Nebraska in Lincoln on Saturday. Baylor out-rebounded the Lady Huskers 53-34 in coasting to the victory.

Guard Sheila Lambert led all scorers with 22 points, eight assists and five steals. She was named the Big 12 Rookie of the Week for her performance.

Kansas State is coming off of a 74-56 loss against the No. 21-ranked University of Colorado. Freshman center Nicole Ohlde led the Lady Wildcats with 20 points. She was the only player in double-figures in scoring for the team.

Ohlde leads the team in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 17.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per game.

'They have the best freshman in the conference in Ohlde, and they are very well-coached,' Mulkey said. 'We've got our hands full.'

Baylor continues to be led by the duo of Lambert and forward Danielle Crockrom. One of the two has led the Lady Bears in scoring in every game this season. Lambert averages 23.0 points per game, ranking her fourth nationally. Crockrom averages 21.4 points and 12.0 rebounds per game. Both averages are good enough to rank her in the national top-10 in each category.

Baylor will need someone other than Lambert and Crockrom to play well in order to reach 20 wins.

'We have to continue to shoot the ball well, and we need a third and fourth scorer to step up,' Mulkey said.

The Lady Bears are 19-7 overall and 8-7 in the Big 12 Conference. Baylor is currently in sixth place in the conference and has won four of its last five contests.

The Lady Wildcats come into their last Big 12 game with a 12-14 overall record, 2-13 in the conference. They have lost nine of their last ten games. Kansas State resides in the basement of the conference.

Baylor is 11-2 at home this season with the only two losses coming against Oklahoma and Texas Tech University. Kansas State is 5-8 on the road overall and 0-7 away from home in conference play.

The Lady Bears will honor their seniors, center Monica Arnold and forward Michelle Neely before the game.