No. 1 Baylor women dominate inside to beat Texas Tech 96-37
WACO, Texas (AP) — Kalani Brown dominated inside with 23 points on nine layups, adding free throws on five of those after being fouled, and top-ranked Baylor won its 32nd consecutive Big 12 game, 96-37 over Texas Tech on Saturday.
It was the biggest margin of victory ever in a Big 12 game for the Lady Bears (19-1, 9-0 Big 12).
Brown, the 6-foot-7 senior post, had 10 points in the first 3:10 of the game, pushing Baylor to a quick 12-4 lead in its first home game as a No. 1 team in nearly six years. The advantage was 25-6 by the end of the first quarter after Texas Tech missed 13 consecutive shots in a span of more than seven minutes.
Baylor shot 68 percent (41 of 60) from the field, including a 66-10 advantage in the paint. The Lady Bears also outscored Tech 24-0 on fast-break points.
NaLyssa Smith had 14 points for Baylor, while Moon Ursin added 12. Lauren Cox, who made all five of her shots, and Aquira DeCosta each had 10.
Sydney Goodson had 13 points for the Lady Raiders (10-11, 1-9), who lost their seventh consecutive game.
After building a 40-16 halftime lead, Baylor opened the second half with 21 consecutive points. That included three times when Brown was fouled on layups and added the free throw each time.
Texas Tech: The Lady Raiders shot only 23 percent overall (12 of 52) and 14 percent on 3-pointers (3 of 22). ... Chrislyn Carr, who entered the game as the nation’s top freshman scorer at 19.4 points a game, was held to four points on 1-of-7 shooting (0-6 on 3s).
Baylor: Along with their 32-game Big 12 winning streak, the Lady Bears have won 32 in a row overall at home (15 of those conference games). They have outrebounded every opponent this season, and their 38-25 advantage Saturday came against a Tech team averaging 46 rebounds a game.
Baylor did its part to keep the No. 1 ranking, especially with No. 2 UConn losing this week. The Huskies lost at No. 3 Louisville.
Texas Tech plays its next three games at home, starting Wednesday against TCU.
Baylor opens the second half of its Big 12 schedule Monday night at No. 12 Texas.
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