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Lady Bears advance to 3rd round in WNIT

March 25, 2003

By Barry Hall

Sophomore post Steffanie Blackmon and freshman forward Sophia Young led the Lady Bears basketball team to an 85-62 victory against the Arizona State University Sun Devils Sunday in the second round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament.

The win will allow the Lady Bears to advance and play a third game with yet another home-court advantage.

Blackmon scored 23 points and had nine rebounds, while Young had 19 points and eight rebounds for Baylor.

'Our post play was pretty dominant,' head Coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson said. 'Steffanie and Sophia did well, but the team, in general, did well in all phases of the game.'

The Lady Bears claimed a lead over the Sun Devils early in the game and never let up the attack.

'We went into the game with the mindset to dominate,' Blackmon said. 'We struggled during the last game, but that was it, and we can only get better.'

The Baylor team came out on the court fired up in the beginning, Mulkey said. The whole team continued to have that intensity until the final buzzer, she said.

Forward Stasha Richards, the team's only senior, had seven points, five assists and four steals.

'I just didn't want to see my last season over yet,' Richards said.

She decided to keep up her confidence and intensity as an example for the team, she said.

'I think Stasha might have played her best game tonight,' Mulkey said.

Junior forward Dionne Brown came off the bench to score 12 points for the Lady Bears. Freshman guard Ebony Jackson and 6-foot, 5-inch sophomore post Melanie Hamerly also put points on the board for Baylor. They had seven points and six points, respectively.

'Dionne had some good baskets, and it's good to have her back into the game,' Mulkey said.

The Lady Bears were really 'clicking at times' and handling the defensive pressure really well, Blackmon said.

The Sun Devils had three players score double digits, but they primarily posed a defensive threat.

Junior guard Iman Young led Arizona State with 17 points, followed by freshman

Sophomore post Steffanie Blackmon and freshman forward Sophia Young led the Lady Bears basketball team to an 85-62 victory against the Arizona State University Sun Devils Sunday in the second round of the Women's National Invitational Tournament.

The win will allow the Lady Bears to advance and play a third game with yet another home-court advantage.

Blackmon scored 23 points and had nine rebounds, while Young had 19 points and eight rebounds for Baylor.

'Our post play was pretty dominant,' head Coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson said. 'Steffanie and Sophia did well, but the team, in general, did well in all phases of the game.'

The Lady Bears claimed a lead over the Sun Devils early in the game and never let up the attack.

'We went into the game with the mindset to dominate,' Blackmon said. 'We struggled during the last game, but that was it, and we can only get better.'

The Baylor team came out on the court fired up in the beginning, Mulkey said. The whole team continued to have that intensity until the final buzzer, she said.

Forward Stasha Richards, the team's only senior, had seven points, five assists and four steals.

'I just didn't want to see my last season over yet,' Richards said.

She decided to keep up her confidence and intensity as an example for the team, she said.

'I think Stasha might have played her best game tonight,' Mulkey said.

Junior forward Dionne Brown came off the bench to score 12 points for the Lady Bears. Freshman guard Ebony Jackson and 6-foot, 5-inch sophomore post Melanie Hamerly also put points on the board for Baylor. They had seven points and six points, respectively.

'Dionne had some good baskets, and it's good to have her back into the game,' Mulkey said.

The Lady Bears were really 'clicking at times' and handling the defensive pressure really well, Blackmon said.

The Sun Devils had three players score double digits, but they primarily posed a defensive threat.

Junior guard Iman Young led Arizona State with 17 points, followed by freshman forward Kristen Kovesdy with 12 points for the Sun Devils.

Their many turnovers, however, helped the Lady Bears make something happen on the court, Mulkey said.

'Our defense has kept us in a lot of games,' Mulkey said. 'I keep telling them that the sign of a good team is when you're ahead, don't let up. And when you're behind, don't give up.'

The Lady Bears will play their third WNIT game at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

'I can't thank the fans and administration enough for their support,' Mulkey said. 'We've got to keep the attendance up if we're going to remain on our home floor.'