3:00 PM ET, January 29, 2005
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Steffanie Blackmon made good on her chance to lift Baylor to victory. Oklahoma State didn't think she should have had the opportunity.Blackmon was fouled under the basket with 0.9 seconds remaining and made both shots from the foul line as Baylor (No. 8 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) fended off Oklahoma State 67-65 on Saturday. The Cowgirls' ensuing inbounds pass went out of bounds and Baylor ran out the final few ticks."I thought Blackmon made a good, powerful drive in there and tried to finish or create something," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson said. "That's what you hope for."Oklahoma State (6-11, 1-6), which has beaten a Top 10 team at Gallagher-Iba Arena each of the past two seasons, was unhappy with the call against forward Destanie Sykes."Who calls a foul?" said Nina Stone, who led Oklahoma State with 20 points. "I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I don't understand. Who calls a foul with point-nine seconds left on the game clock? You've got to just let us play the game."Cowgirls coach Julie Goodenough wouldn't comment directly on the foul, saying only, "I would like to have gone to overtime."Emily Niemann scored 19 points, Sophia Young added 16 and Blackmon finished with 13 for Baylor (15-3, 5-2 Big 12), which appeared to be in control with a seven-point lead and 6½ minutes to play before Christian Hood sparked a comeback for the Cowgirls.The 6-foot-5 center, making only her fourth start of the season, scored four straight points and blocked Blackmon's shot to set up Taleesha Conder's layup that tied the game at 61."We just kept playing and kept fighting," Stone said. "Tonight, this team never gave up."Chameka Scott scored underneath to give the Bears a 63-61 lead and Young stretched the lead to four with a right-hander in the lane.Conder hit a jumper before knocking the ball off Chelsea Whitaker in a scrum with 40 seconds left. Catherria Turner hit a driving layup to tie the game with 18 seconds left, and Baylor ran down the clock for a final shot before Blackmon was fouled."Some coaches would call a timeout right there," Mulkey-Robertson said. "I believe that if the score is tied and you've got the ball, you're in control and the defense needs to worry about you."The Bears got the ball to Blackmon, and she did the rest.Mulkey-Robertson said she thought Blackmon made a nice power move without planting in the lane. She tried to toss the ball toward the basket with her right hand, but it hit the bottom of the rim.Then, the 83 percent free-throw shooter went to the line."There a lot of things that go through your mind," Mulkey-Robertson said. "For her to step up and make those two free throws basically won the game for us."
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