Jan. 2, 2008
WACO, Texas (AP) -- When Baylor coach Kim Mulkey saw how well North Carolina A&T played against No. 12 Texas A&M on Sunday, she didn't know what to expect on Wednesday.
What she got was an 80-percent first-half shooting performance by her Lady Bears en route to an 89-48 win.
Rachel Allison scored a career-high 28 points and Angela Tisdale hit five 3-pointers and scored 22 for No. 9 Baylor (11-1). The Lady Bears used a 31-4 run early in the game to put it out of reach. Tisdale hit two 3s during the stretch.
Baylor made 20 of its 25 field-goal attempts in its best first-half shooting performance since going 23-of-28 (82 percent) in the first half against Texas Tech on Feb. 9, 2002, in Waco.
Jalessa Sams scored 12 points and Nancy Rembert nine for A&T (7-5), but they were the only two Aggies to make more than three field goals. Amber Bland, A&T's leading scorer coming into the game at 14.4 points a game, was held to seven points on 3-of-9 shooting.
"You can't coach shooting like that," Mulkey said of Baylor's first-half performance. "You can put them in position to take good shots. A lot were layups. We had some good looks and made a few extra passes tonight. We were very patient and poised and didn't play too out of control when they tried to press us."
Baylor's inside trio of Allison, Danielle Wilson and Jessika Bradley were a combined 11-for-11 from the field in the first half. Baylor also forced A&T into 12 first-half turnovers in building a 54-16 lead.
The Lady Bears shot 60 percent for the game.
Wilson, Baylor's leading shot-blocker and second-leading scorer, left the game with a sprained right ankle with 3:53 left in the first half and did not return. She finished with eight points, one rebound and a blocked shot.
A&T put together a run of its own coming out of halftime, scoring the first 10 points of the second period. Baylor committed turnovers on six of its first seven possession of the half.
After leading Texas A&M by four late in the game before eventually losing 74-65, A&T coach Patricia Cage-Bibbs was at a loss trying to explain her team's contrasting performances in the last two games.
"Some people that played extremely well on Sunday didn't play that well tonight," Cage-Bibbs said. "Sometimes you just don't know about your team.
"We're young, but I don't ever use that as an excuse."