Baylor held TCU to 16 second half points as the Lady Bears flexed their might against the defenseless Horned Frogs. Baylor held TCU to 32.1% shooting for the game.
Baylor’s bigs combined scored 47 points, one point less than the entire TCU team, with Kalani Brown leading the way with 28 points while Lauren Cox put up 19 points. Both Brown and Cox gained a double double. Alexis Morris followed with 18 points while Juicy Landrum put up 13 points.
The Lady Bears had 19 assists to 12 turnovers. In comparison, the Horned Frogs had 7 assists to 15 turnovers. Juicy Landrum led the Lady Bears in assists with 9 and Morris followed with 6.
The Lady Bears shot 60% during the game and came away with a rebounding advantage of 49-19.
The Game Was Over When
TCU remained competitive during the first three minutes of the game then Amy Okonkwo picked up two fouls in the course of 7 seconds and went back to the bench. It was like a huge weight was suddenly lifted from the Lady Bears as they took off on a 20-7 run and closed out the 1st Quarter leading 28-13. Kalani Brown’s 13 1st quarter points was as much as the entire TCU team.
Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey put in Moon Ursin in the 2nd quarter and alternately rested Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox as the Lady Bears increased their lead by 5 points to close out the 1st half with a 52-32 advantage.
OBF’s Thoughts on Playing Moon Ursin
Freshman Moon Ursin is a high quality basketball player. Coming out of High School she was three time Louisiana Player of the Year. A feat no one else has ever accomplished. She is the most athletic on the team.
Moon has seen a lot of bench time as Coach Mulkey has developed Didi Richards and Alexis Morris throughout the season. This gives rise to an unselfish Lady Bear team sometimes forcing the ball to Moon placing her in some rather awkward positions. Although I’m sure this will pay dividends further down the road as she learns to deal with some of the unnatural three on ones, it has at times made her appear to be struggling at the college level more than we like to see in a freshman Lady Bear. While Moon has made some freshman mistakes, I’d like to see the Lady Bears treat her with the respect of being just a regular member of the team and remember to run their offense with just a little lower level of charity than they are want to bestow.
On to the Championship Final
Next game for the Lady Bears (30-1, 18-0 Big XII) is Monday night at 8:00 PM CT against the Texas Longhorns (26-5, 15-3 Big XII) in the Big XII Tournament Championship Final.
The Longhorns are coming off tournament wins over Iowa State, 81-69, and over West Virginia, 68-55.
The Lady Bears defeated the Longhorns twice in regular season conference play. In the first game the Lady Bears embarrassed the Longhorns 81-56. In the second game the margin was only six points, 93-87.