(13) Loyola Mary 60

(24-6, 13-1 WCC)

(4) Baylor 71

(25-8, 10-6 Big 12)

    11:30 PM ET, March 20, 2004

    The Pit, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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    #13LMU 25 3560
    #4BAY 37 3471

    Top Performers

    Loyola Marymount: K. Murray 27 Pts, 5 Reb

    Baylor: S. Young-Malcolm 24 Pts, 8 Reb

    Young scores 24 for Bears in win

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- "So-So" was much more than that in Baylor's first round win over Loyola Marymount in the Midwest Regional of the NCAA tournament.

    Sophia Young, who goes by that nickname, scored 24 points, six of them on back-to-back 3-point plays late in the game in Baylor's 71-60 win over the tournament newcomer Lions.

    No. 4 seed Baylor (25-8) will meet No. 5 Florida ((19-10) in Monday's second round. Florida advanced with a 68-56 win over New Mexico.

    "Sophia is an unbelievably gifted athlete," said Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson of the sophomore star. "And what she's learning every time she steps onto the court is the different things she can do with her body."

    "There's no question she has to step up now," Mulkey-Robertson said. "She made the big plays down the stretch and in order to survive in this tournament you have to make plays down the stretch."

    Loyola Marymount (24-6) never led in their NCAA debut, but the Lions, who came into the tournament with a 15-game winning streak, stayed close behind with senior guard Kate Murray's 27 points. Murray, the only Loyola player in double figures, hit 9 of 18 shots and had four of the Lions' nine 3-pointers.

    A 3-pointer by Rachael Ziemann cut Baylor's lead to 59-55 with 4:23 left in the game. Young pushed the lead back to seven with a three-point play with 3:25 remaining. She scored on a baseline bankshot, was fouled by the Lions' Jacquelyn Woods and added the free throw.

    Murray, an 88 percent free throw shooter, had a chance to cut the deficit moments later, but she made just one of two free throws that left Baylor's lead at 62-56 with 3:14 left.

    Young, who scored 15 points in the second half, put the Lions away with another 3-point play with 1:59 remaining. She banked in another short jumper, was fouled again and connected from the line.

    "I knew I needed to step up big time," Young said. "We were frustrated from turning the ball over and not making the plays that we wanted."

    Lions coach Julie Wilhoit said her team had no one to defend Young.

    "When you have a player that can take over like that, it's very difficult," Wilhoit said. "I can't put five girls on just her and against a team like Baylor, it's very difficult to come from behind."

    Baylor scored the first seven points on baskets by Young and Dionne Brown and a 3-pointer by Jessika Stratton.

    The Bears, the top-scoring team in the Big 12 this season, shot 50 percent in the first half. Freshman Emily Niemann's 3-pointer with 6 seconds left put Baylor up 37-25 at the half.

    Brown added 15 points and Stratton had 10. The Bears played without Steffanie Blackmon, their second leading scorer at 15.6 points a game. Blackmon twisted her left knee in the Big 12 tournament and was on crutches Saturday.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 60 71
    FG Made-Attempted 20-55 (.364) 26-60 (.433)
    3P Made-Attempted 9-23 (.391) 5-10 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-18 (.611) 16-22 (.727)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 15 (0/0)

    Game Leaders

    PointsK. Murray 27S. Young-Malcolm 24
    ReboundsJ. Woods 6S. Young-Malcolm 8


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