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Lady Bears outhustle Jayhawks

Jan. 22, 2004

By Erica DeLeon, reporter

The No. 19 Baylor women's basketball team had a large run in the second half to defeat the University of Kansas, 85-66, Wednesday at the Ferrell Special Events Center. The Bears improved their overall record to 15-3 and 3-2 in Big 12 action.

Baylor had three players score at least 20 points for the first time since Dec. 30, 2000. Sophomore forward Sophia Young recorded her 500th career rebound in only 53 games and became the fastest active Big 12 player to reach this milestone.

Kansas came out hot, shooting 60 percent in the first half compared to Baylor's 45.5 percent. The Bears trailed for most of the half, connecting with only 15 of 33 shots.

'I think in the first half [Kansas had] an outstanding offense,' head Coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson said. 'We couldn't guard them coming off the dribble ... so we had to go to zone and had to try to get some help and stop the penetration.'

The Bears trailed by as much as seven points. Late in the half, Baylor captured the lead, but the Jayhawks stole the lead back, ending the first half ahead by three points.

'I think sometimes we've got to understand that we're not going to start a ball game and not get people's best shot,' Mulkey said. 'Sometimes we get impatient as coaches and as players. Give credit to the opponent. They just shot lights out. We never had an opportunity to get many rebounds until the second half because there weren't many to get.'

The Bears shot better in the second half, shooting 60 percent form the field. Kansas stayed close with Baylor until midway through the half, when the Bears took the lead and started building on it.

Senior guard Jessika Stratton said the Bears knew they needed to start a run and be aggressive.

The late run gave the Bears their third conference win of the season.

Stratton had 21 points for the night, junior forward Steffanie Blackmon had 23 points and Young had 20 points and pulled down 11 boards.

Baylor will face five ranked teams in their next six games, including the No.15 University of Oklahoma at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in Norman, Okla.