March 22, 2008
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) -- Baylor's imposing frontline was the perfect complement for the Bears' biggest weapon: point guard Angela Tisdale.
The 5-foot-7 Tisdale scored 26 points and her taller teammates dominated on the boards in Baylor's 88-67 victory over Fresno State on Saturday in the opening round of the women's NCAA tournament.
Baylor (25-6), the 2005 national champion, never trailed against the Bulldogs (22-11).
The No. 3-seeded Bears, with Tisdale scoring seven points, took control with a 17-2 run that put Baylor up 27-11 with just under 9 minutes left in the first half. The closest the No. 14 seeded Bulldogs got after that was 27-21 on the heels of a 10-1 run.
The Bulldogs, winners of 20 of their last 22 games in the regular season and during their run to the WAC tournament title, struggled to stay with the taller Bears inside and couldn't slow the speedy Tisdale.
Baylor, making its fifth straight appearance in the NCAA tournament, had a 49-40 edge in rebounding, including 23 offensive rebounds.
Freshman reserve Melissa Jones and 6-foot-3 center Danielle Wilson both had double-doubles. Jones finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds and Wilson had 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Fresno State, which hit a school record 259 3-pointers this season, was 3-for-17 on this day.
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