Angela Tisdale (20) flies toward the basket to score against Colorado defenders. (Baylor Photography/Matthew Minard)
Feb. 27, 2008
WACO, Texas (AP) -- Baylor isn't known for its free-throw shooting prowess. Nevertheless, the No. 8 Bears did a good enough job against Colorado on Wednesday night.
During one 15-point stretch in the second half, the Bears made 13-of-14 from the line on the way to a 76-62 victory over the Buffaloes.
Angela Tisdale, who has made 81 percent of her free-throw attempts this season, made 17 of 19 Wednesday and scored 30 points for No. 8 Baylor (24-3, 12-2). Rachel Allison scored 13 and Kelli Griffin had 11.
Jackie McFarland scored 20 and Brittany Spears had 16 points and 14 rebounds for Colorado (15-12, 4-10).
"It was exciting to challenge and be in the game and be in the game when the game was on the line," Colorado coach Kathy McConnell-Miller said. "But if I could change one thing, we wouldn't have allowed as many free throws as they attempted. They shot 31 free throws. We shot 11. What they did on the free-throw line made the difference tonight."
Going into Wednesday's game against Colorado, Baylor was just the eighth-best free-throw shooting team in the Big 12.
Baylor made 25 of its 31 attempts, and hit 19 of its 22 free-throw attempts in the second half. Colorado made five of its 11 free throws.
"Any time a team goes to the line three times as much as you do, it's frustrating because those are easy, given points," McFarland said. "You have no control. It's all based on them."
Baylor led 48-45 before a 10-0 run in which the Bears hit eight free throws. Tisdale made the final two with 9:20 remaining after McConnell-Miller picked up a technical foul.
After leading 30-24 at the half, Baylor built a 10-point lead early in the second period. Tisdale's floating jumper two minutes in put the Bears up 38-28, but after a 30-second timeout, Colorado answered with a basket by Jackie McFarland and a 3-pointer by Bianca Smith. The Buffaloes eventually cut the lead to three, 46-43, before Baylor put the game out of reach.
Baylor shot 31 percent from the field in the first half, making 11 of 35 shots. The Bears shot 41 percent (24-of-58) and Colorado 46 percent (26-of-56) for the game.
"We missed a lot of shots and a lot of point-blank shots early," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "It was like the more we tried, the more we seemed to miss shots."