Nov. 10, 2007
WACO, Texas -
The Baylor Lady Bears began their 2007-08 season with an 83-31 triumph over the Howard Bison in the Baylor-hosted Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tournament in Waco, Texas. In the first game of the evening, Saint Mary's College (Calif.) downed Prairie View A&M, 87-80.
All 10 Lady Bears saw at least 16 minutes of action and scored five or more points in the victory. Sophomore post Danielle Wilson led all scorers with 16 points and was followed by sophomore Jessika Bradley's 12 points and 10 rebounds, which was her first career double-double. Guard Jhasmin Player completed Baylor's double-digit scoring with 10. Freshman Melissa Jones, in her first collegiate competition, hauled down 11 rebounds to lead the team.
Baylor's stifling defense didn't allow Howard to score its first point until the 12:00 minute mark of the game, jumping out to a 22-0 lead. The Lady Bears held a 47-8 lead going into the lockerroom at the half. Howard's eight points were the least first-half points scored by a BU opponent. The previous low was nine, which was accomplished by Arkansas-Pine Bluff (12-5-02) and Prairie View A&M (12/5/94).
"Regardless of who you play, that's a first. It is a compliment to this basketball team. First game of the year we are trying to find our identity and it doesn't matter who it is, to hold someone to eight points is good," said Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey.
The Lady Bears dominated the boards, hauling down 63 to Howard's 24. However, the two teams combined for 58 turnovers, 30 by Baylor and 28 by Howard.
"The sloppiness came when the game got out of hand. I thought it got a little bit physical, a little bit rough in there. At the beginning of the game, I thought we were focused and ready to play. I was glad that we were able to get some rest everybody and everybody got to play. This game tonight allowed everybody to rest. You want to play well, you want to get some things accomplished, but most importantly, you want to win," said Mulkey.
In Saturday action of the tournament, Howard and Prairie View will play at 5:30 p.m., while Baylor and Saint Mary's will face off at 7:30 p.m.