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Lady Bears Roll Past Lady Owls 83-58
HOUSTON – Baylor senior Rachel Allison scored 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead the sixth-ranked Lady Bears to an 83-58 victory over the Rice Owls at Tudor Fieldhouse.
Allison, who had her second double-double of the season paved the way as all five of Baylor’s starters scored in double figures. Former greater Houston area players Jessica Morrow (Humble) and Jhasmin Player (Bay City) returned home to a large contigent of family and friends as they scored 14 and 12 points respectively.
Guards Danielle Wilson and Melissa Jones added 13 and 11 points a piece. Jones, a sophomore also had a double-double with 10 boards. The Lady Bears improved to 4-0 in their first road test of the season.
“I thought our players did a good job in their first road game,” Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey said. “I am especially happy for three players who returned home and played well (Morrow, Player, and Kelli Griffin)”.
The Lady Bears started the game on a 16-5 run; however, the Owls used a 9-1 run to make it 16-14 , but still trailed by 20 points at the half. Baylor finished with 52 rebounds, with 34 of them coming on the defensive end.
D’Frantz Smart, Rice’s speedy point guard, led the Owls (2-1) with 14 points, six assists and five steals. Megan Elliott added 11 points for Rice.
“We’re just not playing smart basketball right now,” Rice head coach Greg Williams said. “We must play for 40 minutes, not 20 minutes.”
The Lady Bears returned to action on Thanksgiving Day against Central Florida at the Paradise Jam Tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
GRINER WATCHES FUTURE TEAM
Nimitz 6-foot-8 senior post and future Lady Bear, Britney Griner watched her future team play against Rice and remain unbeaten in the 2008-09 season.
Griner, who committed to Baylor during her sophomore season, signed a national letter of intent during the early signing period and helped put the Lady Bears as the No. 1 recruiting class for 2009.
Baylor will return nine players next season and add five fabulous freshman in 2009. Leading the way is Griner, the No. 1 player in the country in high school girls basketball.
The shot-blocking sensation brings a all-around package that has many basketball fans waiting on the edge of their seats to see her play in the gold, green and black.
Head coach Kim Mulkey and her staff recruited excellent players to put around her. They include Mariah Chandler, a powerful forward from Atlanta; Jordan Madden, an extremely quick wing player from Lepanto, Arkansas; Shanay Washington, a physically bruising player from Del Valle, Texas’ and Kimetria Hayden, a guard from Dallas.
All verbal commitments were sewn up by Coach Mulkey way in advance of early signing period. Watch out, for with a player like Griner, all books are about to be re-written.