Baylor's Morghan Medlock blocks the shot of Texas-Pan American's Brittany Demery in the second half.
Dec. 16, 2008
WACO, Texas (AP) -- Baylor thought it could let injured guard Rachel Allison rest her injured ankle Tuesday night. The seventh-ranked Lady Bears were right.
Allison, who hurt her ankle in practice, had played in 109 straight games and started 46 in a row before Tuesday.
"We need Rachel for two road games for the latter part of this week," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "She wants to be healthy and win, and there was no need for her to play tonight."
Danielle Wilson had 23 points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots and Baylor beat Texas-Pan American 73-27.
Wilson extended her school record for blocked shots to 200.
"This is four games, now, where Danielle has elevated her game," Mulkey said. "She's playing very, very confident. I don't know why she waited three years to do it, but it's good to see."
Wilson has averaged 17 points and almost nine rebounds over the past four games.
"I'm playing with a lot of confidence right now," Wilson said. "The coaches have been getting on me and telling me to command the ball. So that's what I've been doing, and it has carried over from practice to game days."
Teshay Winfrey had five points to lead the Lady Broncs (5-5), who shot 23 percent (11-of-48).
Baylor fell behind 3-2, missing six of its first seven shots from the field. The Lady Bears then went on a 15-0 run before Texas-Pan American made its second field goal with more than 9 minutes left in the first half. Wilson scored eight points during the run and finished the first half with 19 points.
Wilson, who played 10 minutes in the second half, finished two points shy of a career high.
"Had I known that earlier in the game, I probably would have let her stay a minute or two, but I'm never going to put a player back in for fear of injury," Mulkey said.
Baylor used an 8-0 run to take a 36-12 halftime lead.
The Lady Bears opened the second half on a 19-5 run to stretch the lead to 55-17.
Baylor outrebounded the Lady Broncs 50-21. The Lady Bears entered the game No. 2 in the country in rebounding margin, grabbing over 16 more than their opponents. Baylor's 23 offensive rebounds led to 24 second-chance points.
"I thought we executed pretty well," Texas-Pan American coach DeAnn Craft said. "But what they did to us on the boards tonight separates the great teams from the average. We were getting some of our sets, but I thought we were taking some lower percentage type shots."