Houston Baptist women lose 100-57 at No. 9 Baylor
WACO, Texas (AP)
The Lady Bears, after a lengthy break for final exams that included a couple of unexpected days off, reached 100 points for the third game in a row in a 100-57 victory over Houston Baptist on Sunday.
Baylor (8-1) extended its home-court winning streak to a national-best 65 games. The Lady Bears were playing for the first time in nine days, since a 133-130, four-overtime loss to No. 5 Kentucky at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium on Dec. 6.
Tayler Jefferson had 13 points for the Huskies (3-5), a team with no seniors that played for the first time in 12 days. Shanice Steenholdt had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Odyssey Sims had 25 points and seven assists for Baylor. Four Lady Bears' freshmen - Nina Davis, Khadijiah Cave, Ieshia Small and Imani Wright - combined for 36 points and 19 rebounds.
''I saw some of their younger kids today really step up their game, and I think they're going to be a force to be reckoned with,'' Houston Baptist coach Donna Finnie.
Baylor's five 100-point games this season have already set a school record in NCAA competition. The Lady Bears had four 100-point games four previous times, the last in Brittney Griner's freshman season in 2009-10. They had 11 such games in AIWA competition in 1977-78.
Davis made all seven of her shots while scoring 16 points. Sune Agbuke had 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Cave had 12 points.
''It's kind of been a stressful week,'' said Sims, who entered the game as the nation's leading scorer with 30 points a game. ''We've been worrying about finals. Coach gave us (Saturday) and Friday off, but I think today we came out and were ready to play. I'm very impressed with how we played, just given that we had two days off. That's not something coach does all the time.''
Baylor put the game out of reach with an early 22-4 run - capped by consecutive layups by Agbuke - that made it 28-9.
Houston Baptist had turnovers on six of its first 10 possessions, and finished with 20.
Baylor led 51-25 at halftime after a half-ending 14-4 run and two scores in the final 11 seconds. Davis had a layup with 11 seconds left, then Sims had a steal and drove for a layup with 1.7 seconds left.
Jefferson hit a 3-pointer to start the second half for Houston, but Baylor then scored 10 straight points.
Steenholdt, who leads Houston Baptist in in scoring, rebounds, blocks and steals, had one steal and no blocks.
''I thought she came back in the second half and battled a little bit harder,'' Finnie said. ''A couple of times in the first half, I think she felt she should have had the call that wasn't called. She let that get to her. In the second half, she crashed harder and took more responsibility on the offensive end. She definitely picked it up.''