1:00 PM ET, November 13, 2005
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- The defending NCAA champions needed another big comeback.Baylor (No. 6 AP, No. 7 ESPN/USA Today) rallied to beat Georgia (No. 8 AP, No. 5 ESPN/USA Today) 84-72 on Sunday in the Tip-Off Classic, overcoming an 18-point deficit in the second half."We've been kind of famous for some comebacks," Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson said. "Our personality is we don't think we're ever out of a game."In last year's NCAA semifinals, Baylor rallied from 15 points down in the first half to beat LSU.Sophia Young scored 30 points Sunday, matching her career high, and grabbed 14 rebounds. After the game, she received fluids and was unavailable for comment."Sophia is just an athlete," Mulkey-Robertson said. "How many 6-1 athletes do you see that can take you off the dribble, stop and shoot it off a dime? She's special."Baylor extended its winning streak from last season to 21 games. With Georgia's Tasha Humphrey in foul trouble, the Lady Bears whittled the Bulldogs' 59-41 early second half advantage and took a 67-65 lead at the 8-minute mark.Angela Tisdale added 19 points, Abiola Wabara had 13 and Chameka Scott had 11 for the Lady Bears.Cori Chambers led Georgia with 17 points. Sherill Baker and Alexis Kendrick added 15 each and Humphrey finished with 14.Baylor played tighter defense after halftime and pulled down more three more rebounds than Georgia. The Lady Bulldogs finished with 47 to Baylor's 40."Every shot they took in the second half, we were closer to them," Mulkey-Robertson said. "I thought rebounding in the second half for us was much better than the first half."Humphrey went to the bench with four fouls with 15:23 left."When she got back in the game, they cheated extra pepole to her very wisely and effected her play," Georgia coach Andy Landers said. "Offensively, she didn't factor in down the stretch like you would like for her to."Young went to work inside after halftime. She established dominance underneath, scoring six of the Lady Bears' first eight points. It was her 45th career double-double."She's an extremely difficult matchup for anyone because if you're tall, as in 6-4 or 6-5, she will out quick you, take you out and drive by you," Landers said.Georgia led 51-37 at halftime, using a 16-3 run from a tie at 26 to pull away from the Lady Bears.Baylor found success getting the ball inside to Young, a preseason All-America and last year's Final Four MVP. After a strong start -- she hit on 6-of-6 from the field in the first 12 minutes -- she got only one more field goal before the break.Baylor's last loss, 69-55 at Texas, came in January.The Lady Bears took a 1-0 lead even before the game started. Scott sank one of two free throws on a technical foul called when Georgia failed to turn its lineup to the scorer on time.
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||18-36 (.500)||14-34 (.412)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-14 (.429)||2-9 (.222)|
|FT Made-Attempted||9-12 (.750)||7-13 (.538)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||10 (0/0)||9 (0/0)|