Baylor-Michigan State Matchups
Tuesday, April 5, 2005; Page D03
Michigan State's guards have an uncanny ability to sense when a big play is needed and then, even more remarkably, they make it. Kristin Haynie's steal in the final minutes against Tennessee was the game-breaker. "That's typical Kristin," Michigan State Coach Joanne P. McCallie said. "She's always going to be there." Lindsay Bowen's three-point basket against Stanford crushed the Cardinal. With all the attention lavished on Baylor's post players, its guards often are overlooked. Point guard Chelsea Whitaker is a solid playmaker and a tough defender. Chameka Scott is a streaky shooter who needs to sink shots.
On paper, the matchup between Michigan State's Liz Shimek and Kelli Roehrig and Baylor's Sophia Young and Steffanie Blackmon seems pretty one-sided. Young, a Kodak all-American, and Blackmon account for 45 percent of Baylor's scoring and 44 percent of its rebounding. Yet Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson appreciates what Shimek and Roehrig do for Michigan State. "If you scout those players, you don't leave a gym and go, 'Wow, they leap out of the gym. They get up there and hang on the rim.' But you leave a gym and go, 'I would like to have players like that on my team,' " Mulkey-Robertson said.