7:00 PM ET, April 3, 2005
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Baylor's comeback ranked among the best in Final Four history. Its defense was determined and incredibly stingy.
|Baylor gets offensive|
What won the game for Baylor was the adjustments that Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson was able to make thanks to the versatility and depth of her bench.
The key to this game was the play of Emily Niemann and Abiola Wabara and the fact that Sophia Young took what LSU gave her instead of trying to force her offense inside. Wabara is known as a defensive stopper, but against LSU her offensive aggressiveness was critical in the second half. And Niemann, a sophomore reserve, held her own on defense plus gave Baylor a jump start at the end of the first half that carried over into the second.
Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles, at times, were the only viable offensive threats for LSU, whereas Baylor got more on the offensive end from different people.
AP Photo/Darron Cummings
Reserve Emily Niemann was one of Baylor's biggest difference-makers Sunday, finishing with 14 points in 27 minutes.
|* Baylor was preseason No. 8, Michigan State No. 15|
|16||2005 Michigan State||Tennessee|
|16||2001 Notre Dame||Connecticut|
|15||1997 Old Dominion||Stanford|
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||24-56 (.429)||23-58 (.397)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-9 (.222)||3-11 (.273)|
|FT Made-Attempted||18-21 (.857)||8-13 (.615)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||11 (0/0)||19 (0/0)|