Baylor outlasted Texas A&M’s late charge to win 61-53. Melissa Jones’ heroic return included 17 points and the hustle that the Lady Bears have missed from her for the last four games. Brittney Griner added 17 points, and Kelli Griffin 13.
It’s 53-47 at the Ferrell Center, with the Bears trying to seal the Aggies. Baylor lead 50-41 before coming up empty on possession while Texas A&M capitalized to narrow the margin.
With 3:41 left Baylor is ahead 50-41. Griner has 20 points and has stayed out of foul trouble so far, and Jones’ 14 points are truly not an indication of the incredible effort given tonight.
A&M has put together a 7-2 run to pull within 7 with 5:20 remaining.
With 7:46 remaining in the game the Aggies are staring a 44-33 deficit. Brittney Griner has dominated down low and now has 18 points and just one foul. Melissa Jones has played all but a minute of this half. Mulkey wanted to give her some rest but was quickly forced to put her back in with the Aggies gaining ground.
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It’s halftime in Waco, and Baylor is up 30-18. First half highlights include a steal and transition layup from Shanay Washington that put the Lady Bears ahead 15-6. Even a long delay caused by an A&M substitution error (resulting in a technical foul) could not cool off the Bears for long.
The Aggies came as close as 23-18, a run which included a brief Jones break on the bench. Mulkey put her back in, and the Bears closed out the half on a 7-0 run.
One of those baskets was a half court pass from Kelli Griffin to Brittney Griner, which Griner turned into a layup and free throw.
Jones has 10 points in her much anticipated return, and Griner leads the Bears with 11. Griner also has not committed a foul yet. Other scorers include Griffin with five points and Washington and Morghan Medlock each with two.