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Lady Bears will attempt to tame Tigers

Feb. 16, 2001

Baylor looks to win first TV contest this season



The Lady Bears will try to continue their recent success when they host the University of Missouri Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Ferrell Special Events Center.

The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net.

Baylor is coming off of an 80-75 road victory over the No. 18-ranked University of Texas. It was the team's first win in Austin since 1975, and the Lady Bears are in the midst of a two-game winning streak.

Missouri handily defeated the University of Nebraska 83-55 on Tuesday in winning its third straight game. The Lady Tigers limited Nebraska to 34.3 percent shooting in the game.

Baylor head Coach Kim Mulkey said that Missouri will be a tough opponent for her squad.

'Missouri is one of the better perimeter shooting teams in the Big 12,' she said. 'They also have one of the best players in the conference in forward Amanda Lassiter.'

Mulkey has reason to be concerned with Lassiter. She ranks fourth in the Big 12 Conference in scoring at 20.3 points per game. She scored 27 in the Lady Tiger's game against Nebraska.

Baylor is led by the duo of forward Danielle Crockrom and guard Sheila Lambert. Crockrom is sixth in the nation in scoring at 21.2 points per game and second in the nation in rebounding at 12.3 boards per game. Baylor is the only school in the nation with two players in the top 10 nationally in scoring.

The Lady Bears will have to find a way to beat the pressure put on them by Missouri's full-court press.

'They are very well coached and they play real tough, full-court pressure defense,' Mulkey said. 'We will have to play smart to beat it.'

Baylor has had trouble in games that appeared on the network, posting an 0-2 record in those games. However, Mulkey still welcomes the opportunity to have the Lady Bears play on television.

'We love to get the exposure,' she said. 'The more times we get on television the more it helps our program with recruiting and general interest in the team. We need to do better on TV games.'

Baylor is 17-6 overall and 6-6 in the Big 12. The Lady Bears have fared well at home, going 10-2 at the Ferrell Center.

Missouri comes into the contest at 16-7 overall and 7-5 in conference. The Lady Tigers have compiled a 4-4 record on the road this season.