Nov. 10, 2007
Fifty-seven first half points propelled Baylor to its second-straight victory of the 2007-08 campaign Saturday, as the Lady Bears defeated Saint Mary's College (Calif.), 101-47, in the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tournament in the Ferrell Center.
After falling behind by two less than a minute into the game, the Lady Bears went on a 12-0 run lasting over three and a half minutes, taking a lead they never again surrendered. During the half, Baylor also went on an 11-0 run and has combined to out-score their opponents 104-32 in the opening frame this season.
Jhasmin Player and Jessica Morrow combined for 29 first-half points, 19 and ten, respectively, as the Lady Bears went into the break with a 33-point cushion. Player finished the night leading all scorers with a career-high 29 points.
Thirteen of Player's points came from the free-throw line where she shot a perfect 13-for-13 to match a Baylor record previously established by LaToya Ellis on March 12, 1999.
"That's a lot of points in a short period of time," said head coach Kim Mulkey. "The thing that impresses me about Jhasmin is she can play 40 minutes every night; she plays well on both ends of the floor."
Baylor (2-0) added to its lead with a 9-0 run to open the second half; the Lady Bears' nine-point swing was part of an overall 11-0 run which included a Morrow floater to end the first half. On the night, the Lady Bears had four run in which they scored 10 or more unanswered points, including a game-high 13-0 run in the second half to put Baylor up 83-31 with just under 12 minutes remaining in the contest.
Baylor finished the game shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 72.4 from the free-throw line, including a school-record 42 made free throws.
Saint Mary's (1-1) was led by Sierra Chambers' 11-points effort as the Gaels shot just 24.6 percent from the field.
The Lady Bears will continue play as they host Prairie View A&M at 2:30 Saturday in the final game of the Basketball Travelers Tip-Off Tournament.