Jan 5, 2002
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Kansas State center Nicole Ohlde didn't necessarily
plan on scoring in double figures against Baylor, but she's not complaining.
And neither are the rest of the Wildcats.
Ohlde had 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Wildcats over No. 7 Baylor
89-75 Saturday for their second straight victory over a top-10 team in a week.
"Ten things can be going wrong and she'll find a way to make something
positive," said Kansas State coach Deb Patterson. "She had a phenomenal game
and she's a phenomenal player."
The victory cemented Kansas State's best start in school history. The
Wildcats beat No. 4 Iowa State 69-63 Wednesday.
Ohlde hit a turnaround jumper and a free throw with 3:08 to go that gave the
Wildcats an eight-point lead and secured Kansas State's 12th straight victory.
Baylor (12-1, 0-1 Big 12) led by as many as 11 points, but the Wildcats
(14-1, 2-0) stayed close. They tied it early in the second half and held close
until making a 12-0 run with 5:20 left.
Kansas State, second in the Big 12 in 3-point field goals, was held to four,
but Ohlde made up for it. She made 10-of-20 shots as the Wildcats outscored
Baylor 52-34 in the paint.
"Whatever the game dictates that's what I do," Ohlde said. "They were
covering the shooters tight. It doesn't bother me any. I just have a permanent
smile. It's so exciting starting out like this."
Kendra Wecker finished with 22 points, Laurie Koehn 15, and Megan Mahoney
Sheila Lambert led Baylor with 26 points, while Jessica Stratton had 20,
Stephanie Blackmon 11 and Danielle Crockrom 10.
The Lady Bears forced 10 turnovers in the first half to go on a 17-3 run.
But Koehn fueled a 9-0 spurt with a 3-pointer with 49.6 seconds remaining to
cut the lead to 38-36 at halftime.
"When you let them go on a run in the last minute or two of the first half,
it deflates your bubble" said Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson. "That's
where the game was won."