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Lady Bears maul Jaguars

Nov. 11, 2005

by JORDAN DANIEL, sports writer

After falling behind 10-9 early in the first half, the Lady Bears basketball team ran off 27 straight points en route to thrashing the Houston Jaguars 122-53 Thursday night at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

Robyn Kenagy | Lariat staff
Freshman guard Jhasmin Player breaks away for a lay-up against the Houston Jaguars Thursday night at the Ferrell Special Events Center. Player tallied 14 points and four rebounds in the Lady Bears' final exhibition game.
The Jaguars led twice in the early going when guard Debra Williams knocked down a 3-pointer to give Houston an early 3-0 lead.

After Baylor regained the lead, the Jaguars took the lead for the final time, 10-9, before the Lady Bears were able to regain the lead and stretch it to a 63-25 advantage at halftime.

"I think we just got energized and got more intense," freshman guard Jessica Morrow said.

"That really helped because at first I think we were really lackadaisical, but we picked it up," she said.

With 6:00 left in the first half, junior guard Latoya Wyatt raced Houston guard Melissa Abraham for a loose ball near Houston's bench. Following a brief collision, Abraham was called for a flagrant foul after she shoved Wyatt through the Jaguar bench.

"I was very surprised," freshman forward Tricia Abbott said, "but I was really impressed with how Latoya handled the situation."

The Jaguars challenged the Lady Bears physically all night, forcing the Lady Bears to battle for every rebound. The Lady Bears won that battle, out-rebounding Houston 62-29.

"The post play was more physical and more challenging than in the last game," Abbott said. "They were a physical team, but we're just as physical every day in practice."

Head Coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson is satisfied with her team's progress this season and has not yet been taken aback by any single player.

"Honestly, I haven't had any surprises," Mulkey said. "I have been pleased with the leadership of the veteran players, and I've been pleased with the effort to learn from the freshmen."

For the freshmen, the experience they have gained in the two exhibition games has been invaluable, as they have split time equally with the veteran players.

Abbott finished as the game's leading scorer with 22 points and posted a double-double by pulling down 10 rebounds as well.

"Its been really great getting into the flow of the team and getting used to the point guards and your other teammates passing you the ball," Abbott said.

Sophomore Angela Tisdale and senior Jordan Davis effectively ran the point guard position Thursday night, combining for 18 points and dishing out a total of 11 assists.

Mulkey-Robertson was pleased with the play of her point guards and their ability to control the flow of the game.

"They controlled the tempo out there and made sure we got into the right offenses and defenses out there," Mulkey-Robertson said.

The Lady Bears face a tougher, more athletic squad in the Georgia Lady Bulldogs in the State Farm Tip Off Classic than they have seen in the two exhibition contests. The tip-off is scheduled for noon Sunday at the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock.

"The exhibitions are over," Mulkey said. "We just have to refocus and bring every ounce of energy we have on Sunday."