UT women rally to upend Baylor

March 12, 2008 6:55:15 PM PDT
Carla Cortijo scored a career-high 24 points and Texas overcame a 16-point halftime deficit to defeat No. 8 Baylor 76-61 on Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 women's tournament. The loss by second-seeded Baylor (24-6) continued one of the most unpredictable tournaments in the history of the Big 12, with top-seeded Kansas State losing to eighth-seeded Iowa State earlier in the day and No. 13 Oklahoma losing to the worst team in the Big 12, Missouri, in the opening round on Tuesday. Baylor had won its opening game of the tournament in each of coach Kim Mulkey's seven seasons at the helm and looked in prime position to advance to the semifinals once again when the Bears led 40-24 at halftime. But Texas opened the second half on a 19-3 run to tie the game at 43-43 with 10:45 remaining and took its first lead since 12-11 when Cortijo hit a 3-pointer to make it 48-46 with just under nine minutes left. The Longhorns never trailed again, extending the lead to 66-54 with just over two minutes left in the game before reaching the final 15-point margin. Texas (21-11), which had as many field goals as it did blocks in the first half with eight, shot only 23 percent in the opening 20 minutes and won despite shooting 38 percent for the game. All-Big 12 selection Angela Tisdale led the Lady Bears with 23 points. Rachel Allison added 16 points and 10 rebounds for Baylor, which also got 16 points from Jessica Morrow but only six points from the rest of the team. The Lady Bears used an 11-0 run to take a 36-20 lead shortly before halftime. Brittainey Raven, the Longhorns leading scorer at 15.5 points per game, battled foul trouble in the first half and finished with only two points at the break. But she scored 14 in the final 20 minutes, including a short shot with just over 11 minutes remaining that cut the Baylor lead to 43-41. Ashley Lindsey finished with 15 points and Earnesia Williams had eight points and 13 rebounds for Texas, which will play either third-seeded Oklahoma State or 11th-seeded Kansas on Thursday.

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