Feb 25, 2004
By JIM VERTUNO
AP Sports Writer
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - For Texas coach Jody Conradt, most of the game was a
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
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,"
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 2½-minute stretch in the second half. "Pretty much
everybody made a play."