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Top 25 Women: Baylor survives Texas rally

January 27, 2002

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— Silenced for most of the second half, Sheila Lambert put up the kind of shot she seldom takes when the game is on the line for No. 15 Baylor.

The senior guard drilled a key three-pointer with 1:24 to play as Baylor pulled away for an 80-70 victory Saturday over No. 13 Texas.

Stacy Stephens of Texas shoots over Baylor's Kelly Sords. Baylor
won Saturday at Austin, Texas.

Stacy Stephens of Texas shoots over Baylor's Kelly Sords. Baylor won Saturday at Austin, Texas.

Lambert, who had 18 points by halftime and finished with 26, had made just three three-pointers all season.

She made three on Saturday, the last one taking the life out of a Texas rally that saw the Longhorns cut a 16-point deficit to 71-70 with just over two minutes left.

"I wasn't looking for the threes. I really don't shoot them unless I'm wide open," said Lambert, who made just two shots in the second half.

"I was wide open."

Baylor (16-3, 4-3 Big 12) got an equally important basket just moments before.

Texas pulled within one on Stacy Stephens' putback of a missed free throw, bringing the crowd of 6,550 to its feet. On Baylor's next possession, the Bears dumped the ball inside to freshman Steffanie Blackmon, whose turnaround jumper over three defenders pushed the Baylor lead back to 73-70.

"The kid was demanding the basketball down there," said Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson.

Texas missed a three-pointer on the other end before Lambert's game-clinching shot. Texas managed just two shots and three turnovers after pulling within one point.

Lambert scored 10 of her team's first 13 points as the Bears took a 42-33 lead into halftime.

Baylor stretched the lead to 58-42 with 13:33 left before Kala Bowers fueled the Texas rally. The freshman scored eight straight points in one stretch and finished with a team high 18 for Texas (14-4, 6-2).

The Longhorns also assigned Asha Hill to defend against Lambert. The defensive change worked the most part, holding Lambert to 2-of-4 shooting in the second half.

"I really thought when we got to 71-70, we had a chance to win and then we totally short-circuited offensively," said Texas coach Jody Conradt.

Baylor, which reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time last season, is now above .500 in the Big 12 for the first time this season.

Blackmon finished with 15 points, and Danielle Crockrom added 17 points for Baylor.

Stephens had 15 points and a 13 rebounds for Texas.

No. 1 Connecticut 79, Boston College 56

Storrs, Conn. Sue Bird had 23 points and Asjha Jones matched her career high with 21 points to lead Connecticut over Boston College. The pair helped UConn (22-0, 8-0 Big East) recover from one of its worst shooting halves of the season. BC's leading scorer, Brianne Stepherson finished with 12 points.

No. 3 Stanford 62, Arizona State 48

Stanford, Calif. Lindsey Yamasaki scored a season-high 27 points as Stanford won its 12th straight game. Nicole Powell added 13 points as Stanford (20-1, 10-0 Pac-10) beat the Sun Devils at home for the 18th consecutive time. Betsy Boardman scored 15 points to lead the Sun Devils (16-6, 7-4).

No. 4 Oklahoma 72, Texas A&M 40

College Station, Texas LaNeishea Caufield and Stacey Dales each scored 13 points as Oklahoma found its shooting touch in the second half. OU (16-2, 6-1 Big 12) beat the Aggies (10-9, 2-5) for the seventh straight time, putting the game away with a 27-2 run. Kim Moore led A&M with 13 points.

No. 8 Louisiana Tech 88, Rice 43

Ruston, La. Amber Obaze scored 20 points, and Cheryl Ford had 12 points and eight rebounds as Louisiana Tech beat Rice. Tech (14-3, 9-0 WAC) shot 53 percent in the first half while holding Rice (13-5, 7-2) to 17 percent. Kara Liggett scored 14 points for Rice.

No. 14 Iowa State 82, Nebraska 71

Lincoln, Neb. Angie Welle became Iowa State's all-time leading scorer, getting 18 points as the Cyclones pulled away from Nebraska. Welle, a 6-foot-4 senior, has 1,868 points, moving her past Megan Taylor. The Cyclones (15-5, 3-5 Big 12) swept the season series for the third straight year. Tracy Gahan added 23 points, and Lindsey Wilson scored 20 for Iowa State. Keasha Cannon scored 22 to lead Nebraska (12-8, 2-5).

Notre Dame 64,

No. 16 Virginia Tech 57

South Bend, Ind. Jacqueline Batteast scored 26 points and Alicia Ratay added 22 as they scored all but two of Notre Dame's second-half points and the Irish (11-7, 5-2 Big East) extended their home win streak to 47 games.

No. 20 Colorado 78, Missouri 56

Columbia, Mo. Jenny Roulier scored 23 points and Tera Bjorklund added 17 as Colorado beat Missouri. Roulier scored 14 points in the game's first six minutes and had 19 in the first half. She had six assists. Mandy Nightingale added 14 points for CU. Amy Loftus led MU (12-6, 3-4) with 16 points.

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