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Lady Bears' skid now 3 games

Jan. 23, 2001

By MARK ALLAN PETERSON

Sports writer

Despite a career high performance from junior Danielle Crockrom, it wasn't enough to stop Texas A&M University (12-5 overall, 2-4 in the Big 12) from beating the Lady Bears 87-81 Saturday.

Crockrom, who scored 41 points and had 22 rebounds, set the all-time record for most rebounds in Reed Arena. Crockrom also beat out teammate Sheila Lambert for most points in a game by a Big 12 player this season, and for most rebounds.

The Lady Bears (13-3 overall, 2-3 in the Big 12) have lost three in a row and fell from the Associated Press polls after a two week stint in the top 25.

'I think a lot of us were disappointed. It wasn't like the game was out of reach. Even at the very end, we had a chance to pull out the win,' Crockrom said.

In the first half, the Lady Aggies had control for most of the game, but Baylor made a late rally, cutting the game to two points.

The Lady Aggies held the lead the entire second half with Baylor coming within three points with little more than two minutes left.

In the final minute, Baylor was forced to foul A&M, with the Lady Aggies shooting 7-8 from the free throw line to seal the win.

'A&M is a very athletic team. They like to run the ball and push it up the floor' Crockrom said. 'A lot of times we had mismatches down low because they had a bigger girl guarding someone smaller.'

The Lady Bears were haunted by 20 turnovers, including 12 in the first half, which led to 24 points for the Lady Aggies.

The game featured the top three scorers in the Big 12, including Lambert and Crockrom of Baylor and Texas A&M senior forward Jaynetta Saunders, who scored 34 points for the Lady Aggies.

Crockrom says the Lady Bears are looking past the losing skid.

'I don't think anyone on this team is discouraged at all. We were disappointed, but we're not hanging it up yet,' she said. 'We have such a great opportunity here to play ranked teams at home, so I think we need to take advantage of the opportunity that we have now.'