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Lady Bears hold off Hoosiers, 60-47

Nov. 22, 2004

By CATHERINE BROWN, sports editor

Although both teams shot poorly, a combined 32-114 from the floor, the Lady Bears overcame the hardship to beat the Indiana

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Baylor's Channelle Fox drives to the hoop during the Lady Bears' win over Indiana Friday.
University Hoosiers, 60-47 Friday night at the Ferrell Center.

"This is exactly what our program needs," head Coach Kim Mulkey-Roberstson said. "It's what we scheduled. There will be no more 30, 40, 50-point blowouts. In order for us to take it to the next level and to win these close ball games to play with the big dogs, we must play a good non-conference schedule. When you hold a team to 47 points as bad as sloppy as it looked and as much as we struggled with a lot of things, it is a win. And when you're the No. 8 team in the country, you do not slip up on anybody any more. They had us defended on everything our kids did well. They had Emily defended, they had Sophia defended, and we fought and we fought and we fought and we won and that's all that matters to me."

In the first half, Baylor's offense couldn't get started, only shooting 10-28 from the floor for a 35.7 field goal percentage. Indiana fared even worse, only making six of its 26 attempts for a mere 23.1 field goal percentage.

Junior forward Sophia Young and senior post Steffanie Blackmon both had a hard game combining for 9-34 from the floor for the game.

Although Young and Blackmon couldn't get their shots to fall, freshman point guard Angela Tisdale lit up the floor in the first half hitting three of three from behind the arc and finishing with 13 points in the first half.

"I was very proud of Angela Tisdale," Mulkey said. "I thought she ran the ball club in the first half. For a freshman to score as many points as she did is an added bonus. It's not something we actually ask her to do. It was open, and she took the shot. She was confident, and Angela needs to do that for us every night."

In the second half, the Lady Bears faltered on offense again, only shooting 7-31 from the floor. But Baylor converted on 23 of its 28 free throw attempts for the game.

Indiana finished 9-29 in the second half from the floor. Indiana's high scorer was junior guard Cyndi Valentin with 13 points for the game.

On another note, the Lady Bears made the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. The team appeared as No. 7 on the Top 10 list.

The Lady Bears travel to Starkville, Miss., to face Mississippi State University at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The team will face Sam Houston State University 7 p.m. Friday at the Ferrell Center.