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Women's basketball stomps Nebraska

Feb. 27, 2001

Lambert racks up 22 points in 77-57 victory


Sports writer

The Baylor Lady Bears are another step closer to their first NCAA Tournament trip after Saturday night's 77-57 win over the University of Nebraska at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln.

Guard Sheila Lambert led all players with 22 points, eight assists and five steals on 8-15 shooting for the Lady Bears.

Junior post Brooke McCormack was a surprise for the Baylor, coming off the bench to equal her career-high with 12 points along with six boards.

'We've worked hard for this, we deserve it,' McCormack said. 'We haven't surprised ourselves at all. It's not like this is a fairy tale.'

Baylor improved to 19-7 on the year and 8-7 in Big 12 Conference play. Nebraska fell to 12-16 overall and 4-11 in conference play.

Nebraska led throughout the first half until a Lambert jumper put the Bears up 28-27 with less than two minutes left until intermission. Nebraska managed only four field goals in the final 9:29 of the first half.

'We had a slow start ... we've been having slow starts for a while,' Lambert said. 'It takes us a little while to snap out of it. We picked it up a little bit before halftime and took the lead.'

The Lady Bears ended the half ahead 35-31 following a late 9-2 run.

Baylor started the second half on an 11-3 run, taking a comfortable 12-point lead.

Lambert led the way with a quick layup off of a steal followed by a Monica Arnold basket that gave the Lady Bears a 39-31 lead.

Nebraska cut the lead to nine on a Greichaly Cepero bank shot. But Danielle Crockrom scored on two straight possessions and Lambert stole the ball for an easy lay-in, giving the Lady Bears a 15-point lead.

Crockrom scored 12 of her 14 points in the second half.

Shannon Howell led the way for Nebraska with 11 points while Cepero and Stephanie Jones each scored 10.

Baylor shot 51 percent in the second half while out-rebounding the Huskers 53-34 for the game.

The Lady Bears end their regular season Wednesday against Kansas State University, although they have the Big 12 Tournament and a possible the NCAA Tournament bid ahead of them.

'I'm not worried about the NCAA tournament now,' Lambert said. 'We have Kansas State and the Big 12 Tournament and that's all we're looking forward to right now.'

Game time against Kansas State is 7 p.m. at the Ferrell Special Events Center.