Jan. 3, 2009
WACO, Texas (AP) -- A moment of silence before tip-off signaled Baylor's return from a two-week layoff marred by a teammate's family tragedy.
Morghan Medlock scored 15 points for Baylor in her first home game since her mother was murdered on Dec. 19 and Danielle Wilson had a career-high 26 points, seven rebounds, and four blocks to help No. 7 Baylor cruise past Texas State 95-55 on Saturday night.
"Believe it or not [Medlock] has had some good practices since coming back," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "Our best therapy as athletes and coaches is to do what we do best and take your mind off of your problems."
The team will hold a public memorial service for Medlock's mother on Sunday.
"I'm really at peace," said Medlock. "I'm praying she puts me in the game so I'm not sitting and thinking about everything that is happening. Once I get out there, I think my adrenaline along with my teammates and their intensity helps a lot."
Medlock played in an emotional Baylor victory at Oregon, just one day after her mother's death.
"I couldn't do it," Rachel Allison said. "I would have hit the plane. She's the strongest person I've ever met in my life, because I couldn't do that."
In their first game since December 20, the Lady Bears (12-1) looked rusty early. Baylor committed three straight turnovers to start the game but then went on a 16-4 run over the next five minutes to take control. Kelli Griffin led the charge with eight points during the run.
"Coach has never given us that long of a break before," said Allison. "And I think we showed her we could have that kind of a break tonight."
The Lady Bears led the Bobcats 50-22 at the half.
Wilson scored 16 points in the second half, including 14 of Baylor's first 20 points as the Lady Bears took a 70-38 lead with 10:45 remaining.
"That Wilson kid is really good," said Texas State coach Suzanne Fox. "We don't really have a matchup. I thought our kids competed in there, but that Wilson kid is a good player."
Baylor forced 27 turnovers, including 16 steals, and held the Bobcats to just 36 percent shooting.
Allison became the second Lady Bear this season to reach 1,000 points for her career when she hit a jumper with 14:09 left. She joined teammate Jessica Morrow, who reached the 1,000 point milestone on Dec. 8. Allison finished with seven points.
"Rachel has won a lot of basketball games at Baylor," said Mulkey. "People love her, and teammates love her because she plays so hard. Just like Morrow, they have had an outstanding career and make me look like a better coach than I am because of all those points they scored."
Ashley Cole scored 14 points and Gabby Mattox added 11 to lead Texas State (6-6), which could get no closer than 17 in the second half.