Jan. 26, 2008
WACO, Texas (AP) - Angela Tisdale stood in the backcourt letting the clock wind down a bit. When the time was right, Baylor's smallest player and lone senior blew by a defender and drove all the way through the lane for a layup.
Tisdale scored 15 of her 17 points before halftime when the sixth-ranked Lady Bears erased an early 10-point deficit against Nebraska on Saturday night. They went on to a 76-56 victory, their 11th straight.
"She is going in with a purpose, she is making wonderful decisions," coach Kim Mulkey said. "She does those kinds of things, she makes her teammates better."
That basket by Tisdale just before halftime gave the Lady Bears (18-1, 6-0 Big 12) a 43-31 lead. And they kept rolling after that, going ahead by as many as 22 points.
Nebraska (15-5, 4-2) was coming off a double-digit home victory over No. 21 Texas A&M, but couldn't duplicate that success on the road, even after jumping out to a 16-6 lead in the first 4 minutes.
Baylor responded with nine straight points, including a 3-pointer by Tisdale before Rachel Allison's basket made it 16-15. After Kelsey Griffin scored for Nebraska, Danielle Wilson had a layup, then a defensive rebound that led to the 5-foot-7 Tisdale's driving layup.
That gave the Lady Bears their first lead at 19-18, and they never trailed again on way to their 13th straight win at home this season.
"The first couple of minutes, they were just making everything, you can't do anything about that," Jessica Morrow said. "We did a good job of keeping our composure."
Nebraska scored on seven of its first eight possessions, hitting 5-of-6 shots before making only 5-of-24 the rest of the first half. The Cornhuskers then went the first 7 1/2 minutes after halftime without a basket (0-for-8 with three turnovers).
Four of those missed shots and two turnovers came while Baylor scored nine straight points. By the time Tisdale drove for a layup, her only points of the second half, it was 52-33 and the Huskers called timeout.
"We had a lot of little costly mistakes they capitalized on," said Tay Hester, who had 10 points for Nebraska.
Nebraska won 73-60 against the Aggies on Wednesday night, and had beaten then-No. 15 Texas 56-45 in their conference opener two weeks earlier. They are 11-0 at home, the last 10 wins by double-digits.
Allison led the Lady Bears with 20 points and seven rebounds. Morrow added 16 points and Wilson had 10.
Griffin led Nebraska with 12 points and eight rebounds. Danielle Page, the 6-2 center who scored 25 points against Texas A&M, was held to two points on a pair of free throws and was 0-of-6 shooting.
"Their post defense was outstanding. It was a big factor," Huskers coach Connie Yori said. "Our two areas of strength are the post and on-the-ball defense. Tisdale did a great job of controlling the game. She beat us off the dribble a lot."
It was the nightcap of a historic basketball doubleheader at the Ferrell Center, the first time both Baylor teams played on the same day as ranked teams. The 25th-ranked men, in the national rankings for the first time since 1969, lost 77-71 to Oklahoma.
The Lady Bears, however, are accustomed to being ranked and had no problems with Nebraska after their slow start.
After getting the lead, Baylor kept pouring it on. Tisdale made two free throws and Morrow scored five straight points. Morrow stole a pass and drove the length of the court for a layup and free throw before adding another layup seconds later.
"We just came out and took it straight at them. I don't think they regrouped after that," Allison said. "We took one of their best shots, then got the ball rolling."