Junior rises to coach's expectations in win for No. 11 Lady Bears

NEW YORK (AP) -- Baylor coach Kim Mulkey has high expectations for junior Jessica Morrow, and on Saturday, Morrow did her part to measure up, scoring a season-high 22 points to help No. 11 Baylor beat St. John's, 81-58.

"She smoothly does the sort of things that big-time basketball players do," Mulkey said.

Danielle Wilson added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Bears (9-1), who improved to 93-3 under Mulkey when they score 80 points or more. Rachel Allison had 14 points and Angela Tisdale added 12.

"I thought we got a lot of contributions from everybody," Mulkey said. "I thought we wanted to win the game for Danielle."

Wilson and teammate Kaitlin Oberg are from Long Island.

"It's nice being here and playing in front of my family," Wilson said. "My mom just told me stay focused and play my game."

Tiina Sten and Kia Wright each scored 13 points to lead St. John's (8-4). Wright broke the school record for free throws made, passing Sabrina Johnson's all-time mark of 339. Wright was 6-for-6 Saturday and has 341.

Monique McLean added 11 points for the Red Storm. Freshman Sky Lindsay, the team's second-leading scorer with an average of 10.3 points, was held to just four.

"Baylor's an excellent team," St. John's coach Kim Barnes Arico said. "At times we played well and at times they took us out of what we wanted to do on both ends of the floor."

With Baylor holding a 61-50 lead midway through the second half, the Lady Bears went on a 7-0 run to put the game away, a run capped by Morrow's fourth three-pointer. St. John's could get no closer than 14 points the rest of the way.

"Morrow is a special player," Mulkey said. "Every run they made, Jessica hit a three or a two."

The Red Storm was coming off a disappointing loss to UAB in the championship game of the Blazer Invitational on Tuesday. St. John's held a 16-point lead with 8:50 left in that game, but couldn't hold it, falling, 80-71.

On Saturday, the Red Storm fell behind early. With the game tied at 10, Baylor went on a 15-0 run over the next 5:28 to take a 25-10 lead with 10:09 left in the first half. The Red Storm responded with a 16-7 run of its own to close the gap to 32-26 on Sten's three-pointer.

The Lady Bears then scored the next nine points to extend their lead back to 15, and they led 44-34 at halftime. Baylor shot 59 percent (17-for-29) in the first half.

St. John's has one more non-conference game, against Morgan State on Dec. 30, before opening the Big East season at No. 6 Rutgers on Jan. 5.

"We do have some work to do," Barnes Arico said. "We've made tremendous strides. We won eight games all last year and now we've won eight by Christmas."