4:00 PM ET, January 7, 2006
WACO, Texas (AP) -- Sophia Young didn't just score a lot of points for Baylor. She scored them when they were needed the most.Young scored most of her 25 points when Baylor needed a spark, and the fourth-ranked Lady Bears beat No. 23 Texas 61-48 Saturday to extend their home-court winning streak to 23 games."She's a special player. I've used every adjective in the world I could think of to describe her," coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson said. "Sophia makes everyone around her look good."Just three days after the defending national champions had their overall 30-game winning streak snapped at Missouri, the Lady Bears (11-1, 1-1 Big 12) trailed only twice. Young, who also had 15 rebounds, pushed Baylor back in front both times.After Texas had gone ahead 24-23 on two free throws by Erika Arriaran with 1:17 left in the first half, Young turned Jhasmin Player's pass into a layup and then rebounded a Texas miss. When Jordan Davis chased down a loose ball near midcourt, she found Young open for another layup with 3.4 seconds left and a 27-24 halftime lead."Great players find a way to get their points," Texas coach Jody Conradt said.Baylor missed its first seven shots after halftime, and Texas (6-6, 0-2) went back ahead 28-27 on Tiffany Jackson's three-point play and a free throw by Nina Norman. But the Longhorns then went scoreless for more than 5 minutes.Angela Tisdale finally made a 3-pointer that put the Lady Bears ahead to stay. That started an 11-0 run in which Young had six points."We just bowed our neck and tried to get good," Young said. "We needed to be more physical and aggressive, get every loose back and crash the boards. That was our mindset."The Longhorns lost their third straight game -- all on the road. It's their first three-game losing streak in four years, and the first time Texas has ever lost its first two conference games in 10 Big 12 seasons or in 14 seasons in the Southwest Conference before that.Conradt is stuck on 875 victories, one short of matching Adolph Rupp for third-most in college basketball. Tennessee women's coach Pat Summit (897 victories) tops the list, and Dean Smith is second at 879.Six of the Longhorns' 11 players in uniform Saturday were freshmen or sophomores. They were outrebounded 46-38 -- Baylor had 13 offensive rebounds after halftime. Jackson, Norman and Arriaran, the latter a freshman, scored all but two of Texas' points."We're a team that is going to struggle until we can be more consistent," said Conradt, whose team has also lost to No. 1 Tennessee and No. 2 Duke. "We're not what you call a well-oiled machine on offense. We throw the ball into Tiffany and see what happens."Jackson, who found out before the game that her great-grandmother had died, had 19 points and nine rebounds, and Norman scored 16 points. Arriaran had 11 points and was just 1-of-8 on 3-pointers, plus one she made at the end of half was wiped out because it left her hands after the buzzer.Young, a preseason All-American, pushed her career totals to 2,010 points and 1,115 rebounds. She joined Suzie Snider Eppers (1973-77) and Maggie Davis Stinnett (1986-89, 90-91) as the only Baylor players with 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds."That means she's helped me win a lot of basketball games," said Mulkey-Robertson, 142-39 in her six seasons. That includes a 76-10 record at home, with eight of those losses to ranked teams.Tisdale finished with 13 points for the Lady Bears, and Davis' only baskets were consecutive 3-pointers that stretched the lead to 50-35. Davis also had the lead-saving assist before halftime."I don't know exactly what happened," Davis said. "I just saw the ball rolling and I grabbed it. What caught my attention was Sophia doing jumping jacks."
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||18-55 (.327)||21-64 (.328)|
|3P Made-Attempted||2-9 (.222)||5-14 (.357)|
|FT Made-Attempted||10-14 (.714)||14-21 (.667)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||22 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|