Jan. 10, 2009
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) - The Baylor Bears have been able to show of their depth this season.
Danielle Wilson scored 16 points to lead Baylor (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP) to a 63-50 victory over the Buffaloes, but others picked up the slack.
"This is a much deeper team than what we had last year," said Baylor forward Rachel Allison, who added 15 points. "Last year we had seven players and when Danielle went out, we had to go to a guard playing the post position."
Foul trouble limited Wilson to 33 minutes of playing time and 14 minutes in the second half Saturday against Colorado. It didn't matter.
"I've spent time on the bench this year and watch my teammates go in, have success, get rebounds, get open shots and do everything I would do" Wilson said. "It's nice to get a little breather, unlike last year when we didn't have a lot of depth."
Baylor (13-1, 1-0 Big 12) extended its winning streak to seven games. Jessica Morrow had 14 points as the Bears defeated Colorado for the fifth consecutive time.
"I have confidence because our bench is great. They come in and know what is expected of them," Wilson said. "They can give us offensive and defensive boards and scoring."
Brittany Spears led Colorado (8-5, 0-1) with 14 points. Britney Blythe added 12 for the Buffaloes, who had their five-game winning streak snapped.
Spears was 5-for-14 shooting and 3-of-4 from the free throw line.
"I thought Morrow's defense on Spears was good," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "You are talking about Spears, the second leading scorer in the league and she had 14."
Baylor missed its first nine shots to start the second half. Two 3-pointers by Blythe and a 3-pointer by Bianca Smith put Colorado ahead 42-37 early in the second half. Wilson's breakaway layup gave the Bears their first lead of the half, 43-42, with 11:36 to go.
The Bears held Colorado scoreless for the final 4:11 of the game. Down the stretch, Morrow contributed five points and Kelli Griffin two free throws in a 9-0 run.
"They completely denied our guards and wings," Colorado coach Kathy McConnell-Miller said. "And we became a little stagnant and didn't react to what their defense was giving us."
Baylor's defense had something to say about that.
"One thing that hasn't changed this year is our defense," Mulkey said. "I can assure you that Baylor is going to guard you, deny passing lanes and have a hand in your face every time you shoot."
Wilson had 12 points, hitting five straight shots at one point, as Baylor led 35-28 at the half. The Bears used Wilson's off balance shot from close range to go up 33-24 with 4:30 left.