8:00 PM ET, February 2, 2005
WACO, Texas (AP) -- The adrenaline was still pumping through Jordan Davis, and the smile stretched wide across her face.After watching so much over the last two years, Davis had a huge impact on the court again. She scored 17 points and Baylor (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 8 AP) beat No. 15 Kansas State 72-62 on Wednesday night to snap the Lady Wildcats' seven-game Big 12 winning streak."I'm ready for some more," Davis said.Davis, who missed all last season because of a series of life-threatening blood clots and had played just 25 minutes in Big 12 games so far, put Baylor ahead with eight straight points in the first half. She then made seven free throws in the final 1:28 to seal the victory."It's great. I thank God every day just for the chance to be alive," said Davis, who played 31 minutes and finished two points short of her career best. "It felt great to have a good game and help our team out."The Lady Bears (16-3, 6-2 Big 12) never trailed after Davis hit two 3-pointers and another basket in a two-minute span of the first half to turn a two-point deficit into a 13-9 lead."Jordan in the first half ignited their team and loosened the game up for them," Kansas State coach Deb Patterson said. "She was very, very big early in the game, and forced our defense to stretch out and took a little wind out of our sails."By halftime, Davis had already matched her season high with 10 points and had played a season-high 16 minutes."I felt like there was a place for her in this game. She got on a roll, and I couldn't take her out," coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson said. "Jordan Davis made me look good."When Kansas State (16-4, 7-2) cut a 14-point second-half deficit to four with seven minutes left, Emily Neimann made three straight baskets in traffic to stretch Baylor's lead back to 56-46.Steffanie Blackmon had 21 points, while Sophia Young had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Baylor, which extended its home winning streak to 13 games -- the longest in the Big 12.While Blackmon and Young had their usual big games, it was Neimann and Davis who came up big at the opportune times. Neimann finished with 12 points and seven rebounds."That was one of the most pleasant games I've coached all year," Mulkey-Robertson said. "There wasn't a lot of stuff I had to run. We understood who needed to get the touches."After Kimberly Dietz hit a 3-pointer to get Kansas State within 50-46, Neimann took over.Neimann dribbled and stopped in the lane, seemingly in trouble, but was able to make a move around the defender for a layup. She then followed consecutive Wildcats turnovers with baskets: a short one in the lane and then a fadeaway jumper.Megan Mahoney had gotten Kansas State back in the game with six points and four steals in a six-minute span before Dietz made her long shot. The Wildcats trailed 45-32 before Mahoney's jumper with 12:20 left.Kendra Wecker, Laurie Koehn and Mahoney had 12 points each for the Wildcats, who had won by an average margin of 18 points in their winning streak that included wins over ranked teams Texas Tech and Iowa State.Koehn's points came on four long 3-pointers, and Wecker was just 4-of-12 shooting.The Lady Bears stretched the lead to 29-16 after scoring 12 straight points over a nearly 7-minute stretch. After Blackmon's three-point play, Davis made two free throws four minutes before halftime to end the spurt."They are very athletic, and that was hard for us to counter the way we played," Wecker said. "Coach said we were either really good or really bad. For a majority of the game, we were on the bad end of that."
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