Aug. 31, 2008
Vancouver, B.C. - Behind a stifling defense and balanced scoring, the Baylor Lady Bears defeated the defending national champion, the University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbirds, 101-44, in the school's War Memorial Gym on Sunday evening. The victory gave Baylor a sweep of two of Canada's top programs. The Lady Bears defeated Simon Fraser on Saturday, 86-67.
Freshmen Ashley Field and Terran Condrey each poured in 17 points to lead the Lady Bears while three players, juniors Danielle Wilson and Morghan Medlock and senior Rachel Allison, each scored 11 points to complete the squad's double-digit scoring. Field and Allison each hauled in seven rebounds while Medlock garnered five.
For the game, the Lady Bears outrebounded the Thunderbirds 36-29 and collected 23 steals. Of Baylor's 101 points, 64 came from the paint, scored 47 points off turnovers and tallied 24 fast break points.
Baylor used a stingy defense to force 13 Thunderbird turnovers and registered seven steals to race to a 21-8 first quarter lead. In fact, UBC did not score its first field goal until the 1:15 mark of the first stanza.
The Lady Bears continued their aggressive play collecting 12 steals by halftime, forcing 22 UBC turnovers and limiting the T'birds to just five field goals to take a 49-14 lead into the locker room. Baylor scored 26 points off turnovers and was successful getting the ball inside for 30 of the team's 46 points.
The third quarter belonged to the newcomers as they played the whole quarter. The group stole the ball four times, forced seven UBC turnovers and outscored the team 24-15 to lead 73-29 at quarter's end.
"I thought we settled down quite a bit tonight, we seemed to have gotten our nerves out against Simon Fraser yesterday," said head coach Kim Mulkey. "This trip was a success on several fronts; we got to experience another country, see some gorgeous scenery and were able to get an idea of what our newcomers can do."
The Lady Bears will be idle until they play two exhibition games on Nov. 3 and 7th, versus the Houston Jaguars and Dallas Diesel, respectively. Baylor opens the regular season on Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. when it hosts Florida Atlantic.