Early second-half run lifts No. 8 Baylor past A&M

WACO, Texas (AP) -- Baylor trailed at halftime for the second straight game. This time the eighth-ranked Lady Bears were able to rally for the win.

Sophia Young scored 18 points of her 28 points in the second half and Abiola Wabara added 10 points and 11 rebounds as Baylor beat Texas A&M 60-49 on Wednesday night.

"I didn't feel any team went into the half with momentum," Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson said. "I was disappointed we didn't execute at the end [of the half]. You have make adjustments each game and I was happy to see us play with confidence."

Baylor (13-2, 3-2 Big 12) scored 15 straight points -- including nine by Young -- to open the second half and take a 40-27 lead with just over 15 minutes left.

"In the first half, every time we got the ball in the post it was a double- or triple-team," Young said. "They went away from that in the second half, and that's why we were able to get the ball on the block so much."

The Lady Bears lost to Texas Tech 64-62 on Sunday.

"Tonight they [Young and Wabara] responded and rebounded the ball extremely hard," Mulkey-Robertson said of Young and Wabara. "We have to have those two bring it every night to win basketball games."

Texas A&M (14-4, 3-2) responded with an 11-0 run to cut the margin to 40-38 on a layup by Takia Starks with 10:27 remaining. Baylor then scored seven straight points, and the Aggies didn't get closer than 49-40 with six minutes left to play.

The Lady Bears, who scored 35 points in the second half, held their largest lead at 56-42 on Young's final basket with 3:43 remaining.

"This was a winnable game particularly at 40-38," A&M coach Gary Blair said. "But they made a 20-11 run, and we did a lousy job running an offense."

Starks led the A&M with 16 points and A'Quonesia Franklin added 10.

The teams battled evenly throughout the first half with the lead changing four times. Baylor went in front 12-4 on a layup by Jessica Morrow, but the Aggies tied the score at 16-16 on Franklin's layup with 8:34 left.

Lenka Zimova's three-point play gave Texas A&M its biggest lead at 25-21 with just over two minutes left, and the Aggies led 27-25 at the break.