Feb. 25, 2009
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WACO, Texas (AP) - Jhasmin Player took over in the second half for No. 6 Baylor. She didn't want to take any credit for it.
Player scored 14 of the Bears' points in a 16-4 run as Baylor easily defeated Texas Tech 83-53 on Wednesday night. She even blocked a shot to begin the stretch.
"It was nothing I did. My teammates are really confident in me and I was able to knock down some good looks," she said. "I just was given some good opportunities. They got me some good open shots."
Player finished with 18 points. Danielle Wilson had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Baylor (22-4, 10-3 Big 12). Morghan Medlock scored 12, Jessica Morrow had 11 and Melissa Jones 10.
Kierra Mallard scored 18 for Texas Tech (15-12, 5-8).
Baylor opened the game with a 10-2 run as Kelli Griffin and Morrow each hit a 3-pointer during the stretch. The Bears then put together a 10-0 run, hitting eight of nine free-throw attempts.
Wilson's three-point play with 13:51 left in the first half gave her 1,002 career points.
Texas Tech cut Baylor's lead to 15 early in the second half. Mallard scored eight consecutive points to pull the Red Raiders to within 56-41 with 14:08 to play.
After that, however, Player blocked Mallard's jumper and then got free inside for a layup to spark Baylor's run that put the game away.
"Jhas blocked a shot and ignited us a little bit," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "We got a little stagnant there for a while. Sometimes you have to be patient and understand that it's a game of runs."
Mallard's eight straight points was Texas Tech's biggest run of the game. And the fact that it was a freshman who was the highlight of her team didn't escape Tech coach Kristy Curry.
"It comes down to character and it starts with your senior class," she said. "That's why I brought a freshman with me (to the post-game interview). Our seniors don't deserve to be in here tonight. It starts with Maria Moore and goes down to Dominic Seals. (They) didn't want one part of it."
Seals and Moore came into the game averaging a combined 22.7 points for Texas Tech. Seals scored six and Moore had five.