LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jessica Morrow is becoming a force on the
court and that's good news for Baylor.
Morrow scored a career-high 24 points to lead the ninth-ranked
Bears to an 83-70 victory over UCLA on Sunday.
The game was the fifth in the past six that Morrow has scored in
double figures. Before that stretch, the sophomore had been
averaging 6.0 points.
"I'm confident in my shot, but I struggled early on," Morrow
said. "My teammates kept reminding me, 'Keep playing. Keep playing
and it will come.' I guess that's what happened."
Bears coach Kim Mulkey said Morrow can play a pivotal role.
"Jessica Morrow can be the key to this team," Mulkey said.
"She is smooth out there when you watch her play. She is a
6-foot-3 player who can shoot the perimeter shot and get in there
and mix it up with you for rebounds.
"I want her to be a little bit more aggressive. If she
continues to do that, the things that have happened to her in the
last three or four games will continue to happen. When those things
happen, we're a very difficult team to guard."
Bernice Mosby added 20 points and Angela Tisdale had 14 points
for the Bears (11-1), who won their eighth consecutive game.
Noelle Quinn scored 19 points and Lindsey Pluimer had 18 points
for the Bruins (6-6), who lost their third game to a Top 10 team
"They're definitely more athletic than Tennessee," Pluimer
said of the Bears. "They don't take breaks."
Baylor forced nine turnovers in the first nine minutes to build
a 23-10 lead with 8:40 left in the first half. Morrow and Latara
Darrett each scored six points during the surge, as the Bears shot
50 percent in the first half.
UCLA committed 15 turnovers and shot 33.3 percent in the first
"We were caught off guard by how aggressive and athletic they
were," Bruins coach Kathy Olivier said. "The first five minutes
were kind of a wake-up call."
Baylor extended the margin to 20 points early in the second half
before the Bruins cut it to 11 points with 5:36 to play. But Mosby
converted Jhasmin Player's steal into a three-point play to give
the Bears a 73-59 lead with 5:03 left.
Mosby scored eight points in the final five minutes.