BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) -- A tired Baylor was still good enough to
handle a rested Indiana.
Sophia Young had 19 points and 16 rebounds Saturday night as the
defending NCAA champions (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today; No. 6 AP), playing their third game
in seven days, beat the Hoosiers 74-62 for their 23rd straight win.
The Bears took a charter flight from Waco, Texas, right after a
game against UCLA on Friday night, arrived in Bloomington about
2:30 a.m. Saturday, grabbed a few hours of sleep and spent 45
minutes on a short bus ride to Assembly Hall because of traffic
from Indiana's football game against Purdue.
It didn't matter.
"We were a little bit tired, because we had a tough game
against UCLA," Young said. "I think we got enough sleep, but the
transition was kind of tough."
Angela Tisdale also had 19 points and Abiola Wabara added a
career-high 17 for the Bears (3-0).
Young, averaging 25 points a game this season, had five during a
23-5 run after Indiana's last lead early in the second half. The
Hoosiers (0-1) made only two field goals in the first 13 minutes
after the break, and after two free throws by Cyndi Valentin, the
Bears again pulled away and were never threatened.
"We weren't worried," Young said of the close first half.
"She [coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson] just told us to rebound and
hustle for loose balls. Because of our experience, we weren't
Two free throws each by Latoya Wyatt and Young, and three
straight by Wabara pushed Baylor's lead to 16 with just over 7
minutes remaining. Indiana came no closer than 10 points the rest
of the game.
"It wasn't the ideal conditions, but I thought we had enough
energy to win the basketball game," Mulkey-Robertson said. "There
were a lot of conditions that could have set us up for not being
very successful, and to leave here with a win tells me a little bit
about our team, there's a little toughness about us."
Baylor missed 10 of its first 14 shots and fell behind 16-10 in
the first 7 minutes.
Young, a preseason All-American, then started a 14-1 run for the
Bears, and consecutive 3-pointers by Jordan Davis put them up
Indiana tied the game at 29, fell behind again and came back in
the closing seconds of the half, tying the game at 40 on a layup by
Valentin just ahead of the buzzer. Angela Hawkins had the first
score of the second half to give the Hoosiers their final lead, and
baskets by Wabara and Tisdale started an 11-1 run as Baylor took
control for good.
Valentin led Indiana with 25 points and Hawkins added 10.
"It was a great test for us," first-year Indiana coach Sharon
Versyp said. "Obviously, there are still things we need to work
on. ... They're a great second-half team, but our defense was
Poor shooting hurt the Hoosiers, who managed to hit only 21
percent of their shots in the second half.
"We had wide-open looks with our best shooters shooting and
couldn't knock them down," Versyp said.