3:00 PM ET, February 25, 2006
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- That's one milestone passed, one more reached and another in sight.But ask Sophia Young how she feels about the possibility of adding the Big 12 career scoring title to her rebounding record, and Baylor's senior forward responds with a nonchalant shrug.Young scored 33 points, 13 rebounds and notched her 300th career steal as the No. 10 Lady Bears beat Kansas State 79-70 on Saturday."I don't even know about any records or anything until someone in media relations tells me about it," Young said. "I really don't think about stuff like that."Everyone who watches her play thinks about it, though."She's everything she's hyped up to be," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson said. "She sure makes me look great as a coach."After her 13th double-double of the season, Young needs 31 points to break the conference scoring record of 2,333, set by Kansas State's Kendra Wecker from 2001-05."Her performance was exactly what they needed for them to be able to beat us," Kansas State coach Deb Patterson said. "She really brought it. She was impossible for us to stop."Chameka Scott also had a double-double with 10 points and 12 rebounds for Baylor (21-5, 11-4 Big 12), which won in Manhattan for the first time. Abiola Wabara and Angela Tisdale had 13 points each for the Lady Bears, who won their fourth straight and extended the Wildcats' losing streak to four games.Kansas State (17-9, 7-8) lost its regular-season home finale for the first time since 1998, and its last four home games for the first time since 2001. The Wildcats, who lost to a top 10 opponent for the second time in five days, managed five field goals in the last 11½ minutes.They made it interesting with a scoring burst inside the final minute, though.Kimberly Dietz, who hadn't made a field goal attempt to that point, hit two 3-pointers over a nine-second span. The second got Kansas State within 72-68 with 50 seconds left.The Wildcats would get no closer, though. Baylor sealed the victory with 9-for-10 free-throw shooting in the final minute, part of a 33-for-41 day from the line. Tisdale was 11-for-11, and Young finished 13-for-14 after hitting her first 12 attempts."Baylor was awesome at the foul line," Patterson said. "They stepped up at the end and made them like butter."The Wildcats, meanwhile, shot 17-for-28 from the line and 36 percent (23-for-64) from the field.Twiggy McIntyre led Kansas State with 20 points and Claire Coggins added 10.Kansas State coach Deb Patterson was hit with a technical foul in the first half, after a non-call on Baylor's offensive end. The technical wiped out Coggins' 3-pointer, which was in the air when the whistle blew.Instead of trailing 17-16, the Bears converted the call into two free throws by Jordan Davis and went on to build a 28-19 lead. Kansas State responded with a 16-5 run, going up 35-33 on McIntyre's 3-pointers before four late free throws gave Baylor a 37-35 lead at the break.
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