Baylor earns biggest regular-season win, places five in double figures in upset

WACO, Texas -- Rachel Allison was hurt and embarrassed walking off the court following a lopsided loss to Stanford last season.

That was all the motivation she needed Sunday in a rematch with the Cardinal.

Allison scored 20 of her 25 points in the first half and Jhasmin Player added 14 to help Baylor (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today, No. 19 AP) beat No. 2 Stanford 81-65.

"Last year broke our heart," Allison said of Stanford's 87-63 win last Dec. 16. "It's good we have so many returning players who remembered how it felt. We just played off emotion."

Baylor (2-0) trailed for only seconds against Stanford, which lost in the title game last season to Tennessee. The Lady Bears had never beaten an opponent ranked this high in the regular season.

Allison kept Baylor ahead early with her shooting, and Danielle Wilson's defense on Stanford standout center Jayne Appel helped the Lady Bears extend a one-point halftime lead in the second half.

"They were on a mission," Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. "They didn't like what happened last year and wanted payback. They were fired up and got after it. More power to them."

Allison hit 7-of-9 shots in the first half and finished three points short of her career-high.

Player picked up the slack with 12 points in the second half, and Wilson finished with six blocked shots.

"Rachel set the tone early and everyone else gained confidence off that." Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said.

Jeanette Pohlen scored 14 points for Stanford (1-1), which shot 38 percent from the floor and 59 percent from the foul line.

Appel, who averaged 15 points and nine rebounds last season, was held to seven points on 3-of-11 shooting.

VanDerveer said Appel isn't yet at full strength after suffering shoulder and knee injuries in the offseason. The longtime Stanford coach was critical of Appel and fellow post player Kayla Pedersen, who finished with six points.

"I was disappointed with our inside game," VanDerveer said. "I thought we could have done a better job finishing inside."

Kelli Griffin scored 13 points, Wilson had 12 and Melissa Jones chipped in with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Bears, who have won 59 of their last 64 home games.

"We tried to tell the team all week that we're good enough to win this game and we're going to win this game," Player said. "We just tried to be as confident as we could and we pulled it off."

Wilson sparked a 7-0 run with a jumper and then finished it off with a putback that put the Lady Bears ahead 63-49 with 6:51 left.

Stanford did not get any closer than 10 the rest of the way.

The Lady Bears haven't lost a regular-season home contest since dropping one to Purdue on Nov. 19, 2006.

Baylor led by one and halftime and came out with a 9-2 run in the first 3:20 of the second half.

Wilson scored twice, Allison hit a layup and Jones added a 3-pointer that put the Lady Bears up 45-37.

The Cardinal crept within 49-44 on Lindy La Rocque's 3-pointer. Stanford struggled offensively in the second half hitting just 9-of-30 shots from the floor.

The Lady Bears led by as much as seven points in the first half before Stanford closed with a 12-6 run to come within 36-35 at halftime.