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Lady Bears to face Iowa St. tonight

Jan. 24, 2001

Team hopes to break its 3-game losing streak in Big 12 Conference play



The Baylor women's basketball team will try to end a three-game losing streak against the No. 7-ranked Iowa State University Lady Cyclones at 7 tonight at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

The Lady Cyclones will be the third ranked opponent Baylor has played in its last four games.

The Lady Bears are currently in seventh place with a 2-3 Big 12 record -- they are 13-3 overall -- and are in the midst of their longest losing streak since losing 11 in a row last season.

With a record of 5-0 in the Big 12 and 15-1 overall, Iowa State is tied for first place in the conference with Texas Tech University with a 5-0 mark, 15-1 overall, and are riding a nine- game conference winning streak. The Lady Cyclones have won six straight games since losing to No. 4 Duke University.

Baylor head Coach Kim Mulkey knows the Lady Bears will have a tough task against the Lady Cyclones.

'Iowa State is the favorite to win the league, and they shoot the three as well as anyone in the country,' she said.

The Lady Cyclones have four players averaging double figures in the scoring column, as center Angie Welle leads the team with 17.6 points per game. Welle also totals nearly 11 rebounds per contest.

Iowa State racks up 83.2 points per game as a team, which ranks them fifth nationally and first in the conference. Baylor ranks seventh nationally and second in the conference at 83.1 points per game.

Mulkey thinks the Lady Bears must control the tempo to be successful.

'We need to limit them to just one shot and play good transition defense,' she said. 'We don't want them to walk out of here setting the record for three-pointers in a game.'

Nicole Collins believes defense will be a major factor in the outcome of the game. 'You can't outshoot Iowa State, so we will have to play aggressive defense and keep the game low-scoring,' the guard said.

Baylor is the only school in the nation with two players ranked in the top 10 in scoring. Sheila Lambert and Danielle Crockrom rank third and seventh, respectively.

Both players are coming off strong performances against Texas A&M University. Crockrom scored 41 points and pulled down 22 rebounds in the game. The 41 points she scored was the fourth most in Baylor history, and the 22 rebounds ranks second in school history.

Iowa State will use a 2-3 zone to try to slow down the Lady Bears attack.

'There are three things you can count on in life -- paying your taxes, death and that Iowa State is going to play a 2-3 zone defense,' Mulkey said.

The Lady Bears' last win over a ranked opponent came against Iowa State on February 22, 1999, when they defeated the Lady Cyclones 70-68 in Waco. Baylor trails the all-time series 3-1 between the two teams.