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Women go for 2nd-straight upset

Jan. 26, 2001

Lady Bears look to follow ISU win with victory over Texas

By KYLE DAVIS

Reporter

The Baylor women's basketball team will try to have a repeat performance following its biggest win in school history when it plays No. 17-ranked University of Texas at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

The Lady Bears defeated No. 7-ranked Iowa State University 79-74 on Wednesday.

It marked the first time in school history that Baylor has defeated a top-10 team in women's basketball.

Texas will be the fourth nationally ranked opponent Baylor has played in its last five games.

The Lady Bears will enter the contest tied with Texas and the University of Missouri for fifth place in the Big 12. All three teams are 3-3 in conference play.

Baylor is 14-3 overall while the Lady Longhorns come into the game with a 15-5 overall record.

Baylor head Coach Kim Mulkey believes her team will come out with a strong effort against Texas.

'We are not going to come out any differently than we did against Iowa State,' Mulkey said. 'Our girls will give it all that they got.'

The Lady Longhorns have struggled lately as they have lost three of their last five games. They were victorious in their last contest against the University of Nebraska 62-48.

Texas does not boast a true superstar, but is solid at every position.

The Lady Longhorns have four players averaging 10 points per game or better. Leading the attack for Texas will be forward Stacy Stephens. She is averaging 11.4 points per game and 9.3 rebounds per game.

Baylor will have to attack the ball in order to stop the Lady Longhorns.

'We will have to be very active guarding the ball, pressure the ball well and hit the boards on the defensive end,' Mulkey said.

The Bears will need another strong performance from Danielle Crockrom and Sheila Lambert in order to win against Texas.

Baylor got strong performances from Crockrom and Lambert as Crockrom scored 25 points and recorded 12 rebounds, and Lambert had eight assists Wednesday.

The Lady Bears also received a lot of help from the bench as Jessika Stratton scored 12 points and Brittany Bruns scored 7 points.

'The way our bench plays will be very important,' Mulkey said.

'They were the difference against Iowa State and another strong performance from them is vital to the outcome of the game.'

The third largest crowd in Lady Bear history, and biggest this season, watched the team defeat Iowa State. There were 5,377 in attendance and students are excited about the Lady Bears' success.

'It is great that the Lady Bears are doing so well this season,' said Pam Graves, a freshman social work major. 'I think the whole campus is really excited and looks forward to watching them every time they play at home.'

Texas leads the all-time series with Baylor, 47-9. The Lady Bears have defeated the Lady Longhorns just three times since 1976 and are just 4-20 at home against Texas all-time.

Baylor's last win against the Texas Lady Longhorn came January 13, 1999, at the Ferrell Special Events Center.