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Baylor responds to loss with rout of Oklahoma St.

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) -- Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson had
no doubt how the Lady Bears would follow their most embarrassing
loss of the season -- with a decisive win.

Sophia Young had 27 points and 12 rebounds and tied the Big 12
Conference record for career double-doubles Saturday night as No.
10 Baylor routed Oklahoma State 81-54.

Baylor (16-4, 6-3) rebounded from a 31-point loss at Louisiana
State five days earlier with its seventh straight win over the
Cowgirls. Oklahoma State (6-15, 0-10) extended its losing streak to
10 games, matching the school record for consecutive losses within
a season.

"It didn't surprise me in the least the way they responded out
there, because I felt the whole time they kept things in
perspective," Mulkey-Robertson said of the mind-set of the
defending national champions after the 88-57 loss to LSU.

"This basketball team understands that they're good. This
basketball team understands when they walk off the floor that they
give their opponent credit. We gave LSU credit. They spanked us.
We've got too many talented players on this team who have been
through a lot of battles together to ever get too high or too
low."

Of course, with Young, there are a lot of highs. She had her
10th double-double of the season, and 54th of her career, tying the
senior forward with Angie Welle of Iowa State -- whose college
career ended in 2002 -- atop the league's all-time list.

Young, who went 11-for-15 from the field, had a shot at breaking
her career high of 31 points, but sat out the final 8½ minutes with
the Lady Bears ahead comfortably. She did move into fourth place on
the Big 12's career scoring list.

"We took it upon ourselves to just come out and play hard,"
Young said.

In the teams' first meeting, on Jan. 11 at Baylor, Oklahoma
State jumped to a 10-0 lead in the first 6 minutes but lost 57-26
and scored the fewest points in school history.

The Cowgirls' only lead Saturday came at 2-0. Baylor scored 12
of the next 14 points to seize control and never was threatened.

"The one thing that I was afraid of was that (with) them coming
off a loss like they came off of ... I figured they'd be focused
and ready to roll," Oklahoma State coach Kurt Budke said. "They
were. I thought they were very physical with us and we didn't
respond very well with that."

The Lady Bears went more than 5 minutes without a basket midway
through the first half, but in the interim, Oklahoma State sliced
only three points off Baylor's 15-point advantage.

Baylor led 41-17 at halftime. Young almost outscored the entire
Oklahoma State team in the half, finishing with 15 points.

"I didn't think we fought in the first half," Budke said. "I
thought we did a little better job in the second half of
fighting."

The closest the Cowgirls came in the second half was 19 points,
at 50-31 with 14:02 left, but consecutive 3-pointers by Chameka
Scott and Jordan Davis again extended Baylor's lead. Davis hit four
3-pointers and finished with 12 points.

Baylor's lead peaked at 36 points, with 5:07 left. Oklahoma
State closed the game on a 10-1 run.

Baylor guard Angela Tisdale was 7-for-9 from the field and
finished with 17 points and seven assists.

"I know we got embarrassed (and) had our lunch handed to us at
LSU," Mulkey-Robertson said. "But I said before the LSU game that
I thought Baylor was playing pretty good basketball. Tonight, I
think you saw that. We got contributions from a lot of people."

Center Whitney Pegram led Oklahoma State with 19 points. The
Cowgirls have lost 17 straight games against Big 12 teams.