As she walked back on the court after the timeout, Young gave herself a pep talk: We're better than this. And then, as if on cue, the Lady Bears rediscovered their groove. A Steffanie Blackmon jumper. Three buckets by Young. A Scott three-pointer. LSU's attack was suddenly in shambles. By the time Chelsea Whitaker hit a fast-break layup in the dying seconds of the first half, Baylor had gone on a 19-4 run, tying the score at 28 heading into the break.
There would be plenty more work to do before the Lady Bears won their school's first national championship in a major sport--finishing off LSU 68-57 and blowing out Michigan State in the final 84-62--but in the months that followed they would view that simple 30-second timeout as the critical juncture: the moment when the team from Waco crawled out of the avalanche and staked its place among the sport's elite.