No. 12 Lady Raiders Fall to No. 8 Lady Bears In Battle Of NCAA Powers|
Feb. 5, 2005
By BETSY BLANEY
LUBBOCK, Texas - Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson wasn't giving out any information on how the eighth-ranked Lady Bears won in Lubbock for the first time since 1982.
"I'm not going to tell you that because we've got to play them again," Mulkey-Robertson said. "They took some things away from us; we took some things away from them."
What Tech didn't take away was points by Baylor's top scorer. Sophia Young scored 24 points and had 10 rebounds for her 30th straight game in double figures, leading Baylor to a 52-49 win over No. 12 Texas Tech on Saturday night.
Baylor hosts Tech in each team's final conference game March 3.
Steffanie Blackmon had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Bears (17-3, 7-2 Big 12).
Baylor led most of the way and never trailed after the 11:27 mark of the second half.
Tech freshman Judith Smith provided a spark in a reserve role in the second half, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to cut Baylor's lead to 39-38 with 6:06 left. But those 3s came nearly four minutes apart, and around only a free throw by Tech.
Baylor then put together a 7-2 run to take a 46-40 lead with 3:21 remaining. A 3-pointer by Tech's Erin Grant cut the lead to 48-47 with 1:02 left.
Chameka Scott came back with a 3 to put the Lady Bears up 51-47. Grant had a layup to draw to 51-49 with 28.6 remaining, but a free throw by Emily Niemann provided the final margin.
"It came down to making plays at the end, and Scott made one and we didn't," Tech coach Marsha Sharp said. "We just didn't shoot it as well as we have to against such a great team."
The Lady Raiders' 33 percent from the field was a low for the season.
Scott said she noticed Tech's defense wasn't coming out to her.
"I knew that I wanted the ball and was going to take the shot," she said.
Grant's 3-point attempt at the buzzer bounced off the front of the rim. It was Mulkey-Robertson's first win in Lubbock in five outings.
"I'm happy for all of us, and I'm particularly happy for the three seniors," Mulkey-Robertson said. "They will never get another shot to play in this arena."
Sharp said the key was Young.
"It cost us the game, the fact that we weren't able to defend her better," she said.
Grant scored 11 points and Chesley Dabbs added nine for Tech (16-4, 7-2 Big 12).
The Lady Raiders led 20-19 at halftime, with each team posting a season-low for first-half points.