Baylor Outlasts Texas A&M
Jan. 21, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Danielle Wilson's 3-point play with 4.8 seconds left gave No. 5 Baylor its 10th straight win, a 64-61 victory over No. 9 Texas A&M on Wednesday night.
Wilson, who finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds, got the ball in the lane and made the layup despite being fouled by Danielle Gant. She then sank the free throw to secure the win.
Kelli Griffin missed a jumper with 6 seconds left and the ball sailed out of bounds. Texas A&M touched it last, giving Baylor (16-1, 4-0) one more chance.
Takia Starks tried a desperation shot from just past half court at the buzzer, but it fell short.
Morghan Medlock scored a season-high 17 and Jessica Morrow added 15 for the Lady Bears, who got the win despite tying a season high with 20 turnovers.
Gant made one of two free throws with about 30 seconds left to tie it at 61-all.
Baylor had a 61-58 lead after a pair of free throws by Melissa Jones with 1:40 remaining. A layup by Starks, who finished with 18 points, seconds later closed the gap to a point.
The loss breaks a 13-game home winning streak for Texas A&M (14-3, 2-2), which was led by a career-high 19 points by Tanisha Smith.
Texas A&M led 53-49 after a basket by Smith with about nine minutes left. The Lady Bears scored six unanswered points to take a 55-53 lead before Smith broke the Aggies scoring drought with a layup with about 5 1/2 to play.
Texas A&M opened the second half with an 11-4 run to turn a 3-point halftime deficit into a 45-41 lead with about 14 minutes remaining. A couple of minutes later, a pair of 3-pointers by Jhasmin Player, who had 12 points, had helped Baylor tie it at 47-all.
The teams took turns in the lead for most of the first half, but Morrow's 3-pointer just before halftime put the Lady Bears ahead 37-34 at the break.
It was a sloppy first half with the teams combining for 25 turnovers. The Aggies took advantage of Baylor's early miscues to score eight of their first 14 points off Lady Bear turnovers.