Nov. 10, 2007
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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.
Including Player and Morrow, four Baylor players finished in double figures as Rachel Allison and Angela Tisdale added 13 and 17, respectively.
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.