8:00 PM ET, February 7, 2007
LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Baylor adjusted to Texas Tech's early success inside and the No. 15 Lady Bears beat the Lady Raiders 80-67 Wednesday night.Baylor abandoned its man-to-man defense midway through the first half when Tech was starting to build a big lead."I thought the zone made them think a little more and be more patient," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "They were blowing by us."Jhasmin Player scored a career-high 22 points to lead Baylor. Player has gotten career highs in two of Baylor's last three games. She scored 21 points in Baylor's 70-71 win over Missouri a week ago."When you're playing with a lot of confidence you feel like you can score every time you touch the ball, and Jhasmin takes it off the dribble as well as anyone I've coached," Mulkey said.Bernice Mosby added 15 points and 13 rebounds for Baylor (20-4, 7-3 Big 12), which has 20 wins for the seventh-straight season.Patrice Edwards scored a career-high 33 points to lead Tech (14-10, 5-5) and Jordan Murphree added 11."It's bittersweet," Edwards said. "I'm glad I had a great game but I can't celebrate too much."Tech coach Kristy Curry said not enough players fed off Edwards' performance."She came through and that's what we needed tonight," she said. "We just didn't follow her lead tonight."Down 49-39 early in the second half, Tech crept steadily back. The Lady Raiders used a 10-0 run, including four points each from Murphree and Alesha Robertson, to whittle their deficit to 51-49 with 12 minutes left.Baylor stiffened and went up 57-51 on a jumper by Mosby with 10:33 remaining. Edwards scored nine straight points to pull the Lady Raiders to 64-63 with 5:14 remaining.The Lady Bears responded with a 9-0 run, scoring on five of their next seven possessions, to go up 73-63 and clinch the win."I thought our kids dug pretty deep tonight when they had opportunities to lose their composure," Mulkey said. "Walking out of here with a win is important."Baylor scored consistently in the second half, hitting 14 of 23 from the field and 11 of 13 from the free throw line. The Lady Bears hit all three of their 3-pointers.They also took advantage of Tech's mistakes, getting 23 points off 18 turnovers."It just looked a little bit like girls playing women," Curry said. "We're too passive."Tech scored easily early in the first half. They worked the ball inside to Edwards, who had 12 of the Lady Raiders' first 16 points. She had 12 points to match her career-high with 9:45 remaining and had 18 at the break.But the Lady Raiders struggled once Baylor switched to a zone. They went 3-of-16 after the change and made only one field goal in the final 7:45.After trailing 19-10, the Lady Bears used runs of 10-2 and 12-2 to lead 38-30 at halftime.
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