Redhawks were no match for hot Bears

Monday, December 4, 2006

Baylor complemented its inside game by finally heating up from outside.

Stopping Bernice Mosby, Rachel Allison and Danielle Wilson is tough enough.

When Baylor is hitting its 3-pointers, it's not even fair.

Freshman Latara Darrett and junior point guard Angela Tisdale combined to hit seven 3-pointers on Saturday night, giving 13th-ranked Baylor an even more potent attack for Southeast Missouri State to contend with.

The result was an 81-47 victory for Baylor.

"It's pick your poison," said Southeast Missouri acting head coach John Ishee. "I think if their guards can really step up and make shots like that, they're going to give the Big 12 and a lot of people across the country a lot of problems."

After hitting just two of 23 three-pointers in the previous three games, the Bears (8-1) were a sizzling 7-of-15 from beyond the arc Saturday.

"When our team is on from the outside, it's like nobody can stop us," said Mosby, who finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

"When you can knock down some shots like that, they become more confident and they're going to look to shoot it more," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said.

This didn't even look like the same team that struggled in a 64-62 victory against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday.

Paced by Mosby's hot start and the 3-point darts of Tisdale and Darrett, the Bears jumped to a 26-5 lead on the Redhawks (2-3) in the first 9 1/2 minutes.

"To be quite honest with you, my worst nightmare was their score with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi," Ishee said. "I knew they had been [to the Bahamas] and played a lot of games. And I knew they would be chomping at the bit to have a lot better performance."

The Bears blocked seven shots, came up with 13 steals, forced 23 turnovers and held Southeast Missouri to just 30 percent shooting from the field (18-of-60).

Mosby's put back gave the Bears a 26-5 lead with 10:41 left in the first half, and Tisdale, who scored 15 of her season-high 17 points in the first half, knocked down a pair of free throws with 5 seconds left to put Baylor ahead 41-17 at the break.

"I know we're a lot better team than what we showed in the first 6 to 8 minutes," Ishee said. "The most disappointing thing to me in the first half was our lack of effort to be warriors and competitors."

Despite dipping deep into their bench early in the second half, the Bears extended the lead and coasted to their fifth win in a row. Five players scored in double figures.

Sonya Daugherty had 12 points for Southeast, and Lachelle Lyles had 11 points and nine boards. Redhawks leading scorer Missy Whitney had four points before fouling out.

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