Brown helps No. 2 Baylor rout Houston Baptist 118-43

Baylor guard Alexis Jones, left, looks for an opportunity to the basket as Houston Baptist guard Sydney Carr (22) defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday Nov. 11, 2016, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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WACO, Texas (AP) Kalani Brown scored 16 of her career-high 24 points in the third quarter and Nina Davis added 18 points to help No. 2 Baylor rout Houston Baptist in a season-opening 118-43 victory Friday.

The Lady Bears dominated in every way. Baylor had 30 assists on its 44 field goals, despite playing its first game since the graduation of Niya Johnson. She led the nation in assists last year and is the all-time leader in that category in Big 12 history.

Alexis Jones added 16 points and Beatrice Mompremier had 14 points.

Amanda Johnson shook off a scoreless first half in the third quarter, when she hit three 3-pointers and scored all of her 10 points to lead Houston Baptist.

BIG PICTURE

Baylor: Coming off three straight Elite 8 showings, the Lady Bears hope the addition of the nation's top-ranked recruiting class will propel them beyond that plateau. Lauren Cox, the top overall recruit, had eight points and six rebounds in her debut.

Houston Baptist: The Huskies are hoping early road tests like this one will help when Southland Conference play rolls around. They can take some confidence from scoring 19 points in third quarter after managing only 12 in the first half.

UP NEXT:

Baylor's schedule ramps up immediately Monday, when No. 9 UCLA heads to Waco. The Bruins are ranked in the top 10 to start the season for the first time since 1999 and was picked to win the Pac-12, which had two Final Four teams last year.

Houston Baptist: Things get no easier for the Huskies, who will travel to meet their second straight top-10 team when they play No. 8 Texas on Wednesday.