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Lady Bears hanging in Top 25

Jan. 17, 2001

Close loss to Sooners not enough to pull team from AP polls



The Baylor women's basketball team is riding high after its 13-2 overall, 2-2 conference start this season.

The Lady Bears have proved themselves worthy of their first national ranking in 23 years as they took No. 16 University of Oklahoma down to the wire last Saturday before losing 90-87. It was just the team's second defeat all season.

The team will try to bounce back from consecutive losses Saturday against Texas A&M University.

The Lady Bears boasts two of the top 10 leading scorers in the nation. Guard Sheila Lambert averages 24.5 points per game and ranks third in the nation and first in the Big 12 Conference, while forward Danielle Crockrom averages 21.5 points per game and ranks tenth in the nation and second in the conference. Crockrom is also third in the nation in rebounding with an average of 12.8 boards per game.

'We're very fortunate to have her here, rebuilding our program,' head Coach Kim Mulkey said of Lambert in an article on the Baylor athletic Website.

Mulkey thinks the team's offense has been the key to their success.

'Our strengths right now are we're getting more production offensively from three to four players night-in-and-night-out,' she said.

The team's success has generated attention on the program. The Lady Bears are averaging nearly 3000 people per game at home contests. That is an average of nearly 1000 more people per game then were in attendance last season. The season high in attendance was established in their last game against Oklahoma when 4399 people attended the game.

The women's team is currently in fifth place in the Big 12 with tough games coming up against conference leader Iowa State University and the University of Texas. Both games will be at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

'We're all hungry here, I think we're headed in the right direction,' Mulkey said.