Dec. 12, 2007
WACO, Texas (AP) -Baylor coach Kim Mulkey was concerned about the 12-day break for final exams her Lady Bears had before facing Oregon on Wednesday night.
It took a few minutes to shake off the cobwebs, but No. 10 Baylor (7-0) closed the first half on a 16-0 run en route to an 80-45 win over the Ducks (5-4).
Ellie Manou scored nine and Victoria Kenyon had eight points for Oregon. The Ducks' leading scorer, Lilley Taylor, was averaging 11 points coming into the game and was held to just three on 1-for-7 shooting.
Player made all three of her 3-point attempts after missing all four she attempted in Baylor's previous six games. For her career, Player had made just one 3-pointer in 10 attempts.
The game was close for the first five minutes, and Oregon took its only lead of the night, 5-4, on a jumper by Ellyce Ironmonger, with 16:26 left in the first period. After the game was tied 8-8 with 14:51 to play, Oregon made just three free throws the rest of the half and Baylor closed the period on a 36-3 run to take a 44-11 lead at halftime.
At the half, Morrow and Tisdale each had as many points as the entire Oregon squad.
"I thought we blew a lot of opportunities in transition," Mulkey said of the first five minutes. "On defense, we did what we were supposed to do. Speed and quickness for us was an asset."
The Lady Bears recorded five steals, six offensive rebounds and four blocked shots during their run. Wilson set a Baylor record with nine blocked shots on the night and the Lady Bears tied a school record with 15.
"One of the great things about Danielle Wilson is her long wing span," Mulkey said. "She has the green light to block as many shots as she can and alter as many shots as she can."
Wilson's wing span is just more than 82 inches, only 5 inches less than Mamadou Diene, the 7-foot center on the Baylor men's team.
Mulkey now owns a career 12-0 record against Pacific-10 Conference teams. Earlier this season, Baylor beat then 12th-ranked California, 69-56, on Nov. 25 and will play at Stanford on Sunday.
"We're here to see how a top 10 team plays in their home," said Oregon coach Bev Smith. "There's no hanging your head when losing to a team like Baylor, but I'm disappointed in how we lost."
Oregon shot 23 percent for the game, 12 percent in the first half, and committed 27 turnovers. Only two Ducks, Manou and Nia Jackson, made more than one field goal.