COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) _ Baylor overcame a sloppy
performance to get off to a winning start in the Big 12.
Sophia Young had 21 points and 12 rebounds, Steffanie Blackmon
added 20 points and Baylor (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 3 AP) shrugged off 22 turnovers, beating
Texas A&M 64-50 in the conference opener for both teams Wednesday
night. Young led Baylor's defensive effort, finishing with 12 rebounds
as the Lady Bears (11-1, 1-0 Big 12) rallied in the second half. "It was ugly," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson. "When you
start off the game with a turnover, you know it could be a long
night. We took their best shot, played ugly, and won the
ballgame." Baylor held the Aggies to three points in the game's final six
minutes, after Patrice Reado's putback pulled Texas A&M to within
three points at 50-47. The Aggies tied the game 44-all on Ashley Bolden's layup with
just over eight minutes remaining, but Baylor outscored Texas A&M
20-6 to close out the game. "A&M had a really good aggressive defense," Blackmon said.
"But Baylor knows A&M, and A&M knows Baylor. Eventually, we
settled down and got it in." Charlette Castile led the Aggie with 12 points, and Tamea Scales
added 11. Free-throw shooting hampered Texas A&M. The Aggies shot
10-for-20 from the line, while the Lady Bears shot 17-for-22. "We did a poor job at the free-throw line," Texas A&M coach
Gary Blair said. "We had it fast and ugly, just like we wanted it.
But we didn't get the job done, and Baylor did." With the score tied at 16, Baylor put together a 10-0 run for a
26-16 lead with just over three minutes left in the first half. The
Aggies countered with five straight points and trailed 26-21 at the