8:00 PM ET, January 4, 2006
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -- Baylor's streak is over.Latoya Bond scored 21 points and Missouri ended the defending champion and No. 4 Lady Bears' 30-game winning streak, 64-61 on Wednesday night.Tiffany Brooks blocked Jordan Davis' 3-point attempt with six seconds left, helping the Tigers (11-2) extend their own winning streak to 10 games and get their first victory against a top 10 team since the regional semifinals of the NCAA Tournament in 2001.Sophia Young had 31 points and 11 rebounds for Baylor (11-1), which played from behind most of the game. Chameka Scott had nine points and 10 rebounds, and Angela Tisdale scored seven in her return from a three-game suspension."We're not a good enough team to have any player on our team have a night off and we had about three to four players that didn't play tonight, for whatever reason," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson said.Brooks finished with 12 points, and EeTisha Riddle had 10 points and 12 rebounds for Missouri.The Tigers led by as many as eight with 13:09 left in the game, but the Lady Bears hung close thanks to Young. She scored 14 of Baylor's final 23 points, including a jumper that put it ahead 59-56 with 3:16 left."The second half to even get back and take lead with how poorly we were offensively, with the exception of Sophia Young, was amazing," Mulkey-Robertson said.Riddle hit a 3-pointer with 2:02 left to beat the shot clock and give the Tigers a 61-59 lead."I was thinking, 'Lord, please help this ball go in,'" Riddle said. "The clock was running down and I didn't have anywhere else to go, so I shot it and thankfully it went in."After Scott tied the game, Brooks put Missouri ahead for good with a jumper in the lane with 1:17 left.Baylor's final play was designed for Young, but the Missouri defense collapsed and didn't give her a good look, so she kicked it out to Davis."Young is so tough, I don't know if you can ever stop her, but we did a good job of stopping everyone else," Missouri coach Cindy Stein said.Riddle added a free throw with three seconds left to give Missouri more cushion, and Bond stole the ensuing inbounds pass to secure the win and initiate a celebration."It seemed like we won the national championship," Riddle said.Missouri showed confidence in the first half, jumping out to a seven-point lead. After an 11-0 run by Baylor erased that lead, the Tigers responded with a 15-2 run to take a 34-28 lead at halftime."I felt from the get-go they believed in themselves, they believed they could compete," Stein said.