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Final

N Arizona 56

(22-11, 9-5 Big Sky)

Baylor 74

(25-6, 12-4 Big 12)

    8:00 PM ET, March 18, 2006

    McKale Center, Tucson, Arizona

    1 2 T
    NAU 22 3456
    BAY 43 3174

    Top Performers

    Northern Arizona: S. Cunningham 13 Pts, 1 Reb

    Baylor: S. Young-Malcolm 23 Pts, 7 Reb

    Baylor begins defense of NCAA Tournament crown against NAU

    Northern Arizona (22-10) vs. Baylor (24-6) 8:00 pm EST

    TUCSON, Arizona (Ticker) -- This time around, things will be different for Baylor.

    A year after their remarkable run to the national crown, the third-seeded Lady Bears open defense of the title when they take on No. 14 Northern Arizona in the first round of the Albuquerque Region on Saturday.

    Baylor (24-6) was a second seed last season but not often discussed with the normal national powerhouses like Tennessee and North Carolina. But led by since-departed Stephanie Blackmon and current leading scorer Sophia Young, it knocked off three straight No. 1 seeds en route to its first national championship.

    The senior Young has taken over the top spot for the Bears, averaging 22.2 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.1 steals to claim Big 12 Conference Player of the Year honors.

    In order to start off on the right foot, Baylor may have to deal with a slight home court advantage for Northern Arizona (22-10), which is just 260 miles away. The Lumberjacks are making their first Tournament appearance after winning the Big Sky Tournament title.

    The winner will face either sixth-seeded Florida or No. 11 New Mexico in Monday's second round.

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    Gameday Matchup

     
    NAU
    BAY
    W-L22-1024-6
    Avg Points67.274.8
    Avg Points Allowed61.560.6
    Home Record15-216-1
    Road Record7-88-5
    Current StreakW4L1

    School Info

     
    NAU
    BAY
    Conference Big Sky Big 12
    Nickname Lumberjacks Lady Bears
    Type Public Private

    Series

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