Emily Niemann and Texas guard Kala Bowers scramble for a loose ball.
Feb 25, 2004
By JIM VERTUNO
AP Sports Writer
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - For Texas coach Jody Conradt, most of the game was a blur.
Two overtimes, three missed chances for No. 16 Baylor to win and a wild up-and-down pace of play came down to two 3-pointers from Jamie Carey that kept the nation's longest winning streak intact.
Carey, 1-of-10 from the floor in regulation and the first overtime, hit two 3s in the second extra period to send the fifth-ranked Longhorns to a 73-72 victory Wednesday night. Texas has won 33 in a row at home.
"Don't ask me about details," an exasperated Conradt said. "I don't remember anything about it except the final score."
Heather Schreiber scored 20 points to lead Texas (24-3, 12-2 Big 12) and Stacy Stephens added 15 points and 22 rebounds.
Sophia Young had 18 points and 15 rebounds for Baylor (20-7, 8-6).
Baylor, which upset Texas in Waco earlier this season, had several chances to win. The Bears had the ball and the last shot at the end of regulation and both overtimes but couldn't hit a winner.
"All you ever ask of your kids is to put yourself in position to win on the road and beat somebody who on paper you're not supposed to beat," said Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson. "We didn't make the plays."
She was more worried about her mother-in-law, Betty Robertson, who collapsed after the game and was taken to a hospital to check for a possible heart attack. Robertson has a history of heart trouble, the coach said.
"That quickly puts this loss in perspective for me," she said. "I think she's going to be fine. When I got to her she was alert and talking."
Carey put Texas up 70-69 with a shot from the wing. Baylor regained the lead
on a layup and free throw from Young but she turned the ball over on the Bears'
next possession and Carey buried her second 3-pointer from the top of the arc
for the final points with 1:18 left.
"That's what Jamie loves," Conradt said. "She loves those pressure situations."
Carey said her confidence never wavered under the early misses. She said the win was key for a team that lost its first No. 1 ranking in nearly 17 years after losing at Texas Tech on Sunday.
"After what happened in Lubbock, we could have come apart at the seams," Carey said.
Baylor had the ball with a last chance to win. But Dionne Brown and Jessika Stratton missed shots in the final 10 seconds.
Texas led 57-49 in regulation but didn't make another basket over the final 7:07. Steffanie Blackmon's short jumper with 1:13 left tied it at 59 and sent the game into overtime. The Longhorns got off just five shots with five turnovers in the final stretch of regulation.
The Bears led 67-64 with 28 seconds left in the first overtime on Chelsea Whitaker's two free throws. Texas tied it when Nina Norman's 3-pointer thudded off the back iron before falling in with 15 seconds to play.
Baylor had a chance to win it at the buzzer in the first overtime, but Young's eight-footer with Tiffany Jackson's hand in her face came up short.
"I think we can count on each other late in the game," said Schreiber, who scored 10 points during a 2?-minute stretch in the second half. "Pretty much everybody made a play."