7:00 PM ET, March 8, 2006
DALLAS (AP) -- Sophia Young became the Big 12's all-time leading scorer and nearly set a tournament single-game scoring record.Personal accomplishments are nice, but her team's win over Kansas State was better.Young scored 35 points, including six in a row in overtime, to send No. 10 Baylor to a 79-74 victory Wednesday night in the Big 12 quarterfinals."I'm truly blessed," Young said. "It's an honor. I just go out there and have fun. I enjoy playing basketball."Young took 32 shots, and she was quick to point out that 18 of them didn't go in."That's the most I've ever taken," she said. "I missed a lot of them."Young reached the career scoring mark early in the first half to surpass Kansas State's Kendra Wecker, who had 2,333 points from 2002-05.Young added 12 rebounds and fell one point short of matching the tournament single-game scoring record set earlier in the day by Oklahoma's Courtney Paris."I'm happy for her," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson said. "We saw a special player the last four years."Kansas State used freshmen Marlies Gipson and JoAnn Hamlin to guard Young, and the pair gained valuable experience."Freshmen lining up against one of the best players in the history of the Big 12, that will help them be better in their own games offensively and knowing what to do defensively if we get into the postseason," Wildcats coach Deb Patterson said.Second-seeded Baylor (23-5) meets the Nebraska-Texas A&M winner in Thursday's semifinals.Abiola Wabara had 14 points and Chameka Scott added 13 for the defending national champion Lady Bears, who won their sixth straight.Kimberly Dietz had 19 points and Claire Coggins added 18 to lead seventh-seeded Kansas State (19-10).The Lady Bears took control in overtime when Young scored six straight points, the last on a layup with 52 seconds left for a 77-71 lead.Baylor seemed headed for a comfortable victory in regulation with Scott hitting a 3-pointer and Jessica Morrow making two free throws with 5:52 to play, stretching the lead to 60-53.But Kansas State rallied to pull even at 63 on Dietz's 3-pointer with 14 seconds left."We didn't manage the game very well," Mulkey-Robertson said. "From regulation to the overtime, we grew up a little bit."The Wildcats had a chance to win in regulation, but Dietz's 10-foot bank shot rimmed out as time expired."We were very lucky at the end of the game that that child's shot didn't go in," Mulkey-Robertson said. "She had a good look."
|FG Made-Attempted||27-73 (.370)||29-74 (.392)|
|3P Made-Attempted||9-28 (.321)||4-11 (.364)|
|FT Made-Attempted||11-14 (.786)||17-28 (.607)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||23 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|