Oregon Falls In Second Round Of NCAA Tournament To Baylor, 69-46
March 21, 2005
By TIM BOOTH
Associated Press Writer
SEATTLE - In two NCAA tournament games, Baylor has made a statement.The Lady Bears are putting opponents away early and playing like a championshipcontender.
The Lady Bears scored 18 straight points, holding Oregon to just two pointsover the final 8 minutes of the first half, and coasted to a 69-46 win Mondaynight in the second round.
Baylor, the No. 2 seed in the Tempe Regional, will face Minnesota in theregional semifinals Saturday. It's Baylor's second straight regional trip.
The Lady Bears improved to 29-3, their most victories since winning 29 gamesin 1980-81.
Sophia Young led the Lady Bears with 25 points on 11-of-19 shooting. Shescored Baylor's first seven points of the second half, extending its lead to41-20 and 10th-seeded Oregon (21-10) never got closer than 14.
It was Young's 42nd straight game scoring in double figures and her highestpoint total since scoring 29 against Nebraska on Jan. 12.
In its first round win over Illinois State, 91-70, Baylor scored the first17 points of the game and never led by less than 15 the final 28 minutes of thegame.
Against Oregon, the Lady Bears proved they can play more of a half-courtgame against a team with the size to match the post duo of Young and SteffanieBlackmon, both first-team all-Big 12 selections.
Baylor trailed Oregon 16-15 with 8:03 left in the first half after a3-pointer by Oregon's Kristen Forristall. But the Ducks turned the ball over onfour of their next five possessions and missed four straight shots. Baylorcapitalized.
Blackmon began asserting herself on the inside, scoring half of Baylor'spoints during an 18-0 spurt that gave them a 33-16 lead with 3:20 left. Shefinished with 17 points.
Baylor forced 16 first-half turnovers, including 11 steals, and frustratedOregon's post players. Baylor's defense double-teamed every pass to the postand Baylor point guard Chelsea Whitaker had four steals in the first half.
The Lady Bears defense also made Oregon leading scorer Cathrine Kraayeveld anon-factor. Kraayeveld made a 3-pointer with 17:28 left in the first half, butdidn't score again until the 14:10 mark of the second half.
Kraayeveld led the Ducks with 15 points, but made just 3-of-11 shots. Shehad 23 in Oregon's first-round win over TCU. The 46 points was Oregon'ssecond-lowest output of the season and the Ducks finished with 24 turnovers.
Oregon fell to 0-5 in second-round tournament games and 5-12 overall. TheDucks were making their first tournament appearance since 2001.