AMES, Iowa (AP) -- Sophia Young's presence in the post gave
Baylor's shooters all the room they needed to help the Bears get
their first Big 12 road win.
Young had 17 points and 11 rebounds, Angela Tisdale added 17
points and Baylor (No. 10 ESPN/USA Today, No. 9 AP) shot 11-of-23 from 3-point range to beat
Iowa State 79-64 Wednesday night.
Baylor (14-3, 4-3) took the lead midway through the first half
and never looked back against an Iowa State team that had won of 22
of its previous 23 games at Hilton Coliseum.
"Any time you come to Ames, Iowa, and win you had to do
something right," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson said. "We hit
some perimeter shots early that just spread everybody on the floor
... if you can continue to have that kind of balanced scoring
you're going to win a lot of ball games."
Lyndsey Medders had 29 points for Iowa State (12-5, 3-3).
Coming off a national championship, expectations have been
sky-high for the Bears despite the fact that they lost three key
players -- Steffanie Blackmon, Chelsea Whitaker and Emily Neimann --
from last year's team.
Baylor dropped its first two conference road games in tough
fashion -- losing 64-61 at Missouri, and 64-62 to Texas Tech on a
buzzer-beater -- but Mulkey-Robertson refused to label Wednesday's
game a must-win.
"It's probably a relief in the sense that we hadn't gotten one
all year. But we're having a pretty good year. We're three plays
away from being undefeated," Mulkey-Robertson said. "I'm very
proud of this basketball team in more ways than I can explain to
The Cyclones pulled within 10 twice in the second half, 46-36
and 63-53, but the Bears kept a number of possessions alive with
offensive rebounds that led to baskets.
The Bears outrebounded Iowa State 50-39, including 19-13 on the
offensive end, after being outworked in its last two games.
Young wasn't the only star in the paint for Baylor. Chameka
Scott picked up her second double-double of the season with 14
points and 13 rebounds.
"The last two games, we weren't very aggressive on the boards.
Tonight we came out with the mentality to just be very physical and
try and go after every loose ball and every rebound," Young said.
Scott capped a 14-6 run with a pair of 3-pointers to give Baylor
a 60-42 lead. After the Cyclones fought their way back within 10,
the Bears quickly jumped ahead 69-55. Iowa State never got closer
than 11 the rest of the way.
"There were times when we started to make a run, and it seems
like we didn't bounce back with the kind of enthusiasm or even
effort that we need to show in our own building," said Medders.
Tisdale helped start a 15-4 run that gave Baylor a 20-8 lead
midway through the first half. With Iowa State hounding Young on
every possession, Tisdale made a pair of 3s and converted a layup
that put the Bears up 18-8. Young followed with her first basket
with just over 10 minutes left to give Baylor a 12-point lead.
The Cyclones got within 31-26, but 3s from Jordan Davis and
Chameka Scott helped the Bears grab a 39-28 lead at the break.
"They're a team that understands how to win," Iowa State coach
Bill Fennelly said of Baylor. "We needed to make one more play to
get the game closer. We just didn't have enough of the extra plays
that we have to make to have a chance to win."
Heather Ezell added 11 points and Brittany Wilkins chipped in
with seven points and 11 rebounds for Iowa State.
Jessica Morrow scored 12 for Baylor.