8:00 PM ET, January 25, 2006
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 you."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.
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