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Lady Bears look to end conference losing skid

Jan. 19, 2001

Lady Aggies will be athletic, head coach believes



The No. 25 ranked Baylor women's basketball team will try to bounce back from two consecutive losses Saturday when they travel to College Station to take on Texas A&M University at 1 p.m.

Something will have to give.

The Lady Aggies are 7-1 at Reed Arena and the Lady Bears are 6-1 away from the Ferrell Special Events Center. The game will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net.

The Lady Bears are currently in fifth place with a 2-2 Big 12 record and are 13-2 overall. The Lady Aggies are tied for last place in the conference with a 1-4 mark, 11-5 overall.

Despite Texas A&M's place in the standings, Baylor is not taking the team lightly.

'This is the most athletic Texas A&M team I have seen in a while,' head Coach Kim Mulkey said. 'They are very good at creating off the dribble and getting good looks.'

Texas A&M has one of the nation's leading scorers in forward Jaynetta Saunders. Her 22.3 point-per-game average ranks her seventh nationally. She scored a career high 35 points in the Lady Aggies' last game, a 97-84 loss to the No. 13-ranked University of Oklahoma Cowgirls.

'She is very good and presents a lot of problems to everyone in the Big 12 because her outside game has improved so much,' Mulkey said. 'We must contain her and play sound defense against the rest of the team.'

Another concern for the Lady Bears will be point guard Toccara Williams. She is ranked No. 8 in the nation in assists, averaging 7.3 per game, and No. 1 in the nation in steals, averaging 4.3 per game.

For Baylor, guard Sheila Lambert and forward Danielle Crockrom have been leading the team offensively. Lambert is averaging 24.5 points per game and Crockrom is averaging 21.5 points and 12.8 rebounds per game.

In addition, they are the conference's No. 1 and No. 3 leading scorers.

The key to the game for the Lady Bears will be taking care of the basketball.

'We cannot have turnovers and we must execute in half-court,' Mulkey said. 'We can't get in a running game with them.'