Oct. 17, 2015
BAYLOR WINS BATTLE OF DEFENSES
James carries Bears past Oklahoma
Julie James scored at the start of the second half Friday night and Baylor held on for a 1-0 victory over visiting Oklahoma to climb into a tie for third place in the Big 12 Conference.
James got her right thigh to a Sarah King cross into the 6-yard box in the 49th minute as the Bears (8-5-1 overall, 3-1-0 Big 12) prevailed in a defensive battle. Baylor outshot OU, 6-5, and the teams managed just two shots on frame apiece.
King, a freshman, has 10 assists, No. 1 in the Big 12 and fourth-best in the nation.
“Up, 1-0, is not a safe lead. Any team like Oklahoma is going to be able to come back,” Baylor coach Paul Jobson said on his school's athletics website. “Our defense does a great job -- they do not get enough credit for shutting down players and eliminating the amount of opportunities other teams get. They did a really great job against a good team like Oklahoma.”
The victory left the Bears just four points off the Big 12 lead, tied with Kansas, which was destroyed, 6-0, by No. 3 West Virginia. The Mountaineers and Texas, a 2-1 overtime winner at Texas Tech, are on top with 13 points apiece.
Oklahoma (8-6-2, 1-2-2) is among three teams in sixth place with five points.
Baylor will be home Sunday against No. 17 Texas Tech.