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Women's basketball runs over BYU en route to finals

Nov. 17, 2006

Sports writer

The No. 16 Baylor Lady Bears (3-0) downed the No. 22 BYU Cougars (2-1) 84-58 Thursday night at the Ferrell Special Events Center in the Women's National Invitational Tournament semifinal round.

The Lady Bears will face No. 13 Purdue in the championship match Sunday.

"We're very excited (to play in the championship)," said starting point guard Angela Tisdale, who finished the game with 14 points and four assists, "because a lot of people said we weren't going to be here tonight."

For most of the first half it appeared that senior forward Bernice Mosby had finally met her match.

After scoring Baylor's first 3 points, Mosby was held in check by the pressing BYU defense. Baylor battled for the next 15 minutes without an offensive contribution from Mosby, and the score reflected the effort. The game remained close with both teams trading leads.

And then Mosby got hot.

With Baylor holding a slim 22-21 lead, Mosby scored 13 consecutive points and helped Baylor to a 38-26 halftime lead.

"Everyday I go out and try to play my hardest and like (each game) is my last," Mosby said. She finished the contest with 28 points and eight rebounds, hitting all eight of her free throw attempts.

"Bernice is going to play at the next level, she's that good," head Coach Kim Mulkey said. "I can't teach what she does; that's God-given."

Freshman guard Latara Darrett played her most minutes of the season and rewarded Mulkey with four 3-pointers and 12 points off the bench.

Dani Wright, BYU's leading scorer and starting center, fouled out of the game with 13:32 left in the second half.

Baylor was able to push BYU, a team that favors a slower pace, into mistakes.

"If we went by their tempo it was going to be a slow game and they were going to lull us to sleep, so we were just trying to keep it up," Tisdale said. "We just kept pushing it, getting to the free throw line and making shots."