No. 1 Baylor 86, Kansas 45
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey made at least one goal particularly
clear to her players prior to Wednesday’s game against Kansas –
Keep Angel Goodrich out of the paint.
And the Lady Bears’ responded. Goodrich, who came into Wednesday
scoring 14 points a game, was held to just two points, a jumper for
Kansas’ first basket of the game. She missed her eight other field
goal attempts, and was 0-for-6 from behind the 3-point line.
”I think coach gave us the heads-up, just keeping her out of
the paint,” Baylor junior guard Odyssey Sims said. ”She’s a very
good point guard and she can get in the paint any time. And I think
we just limited her from getting the ball as much and running the
offense and making somebody else bring it up. And that just kind of
limited her from getting in there and being able to dish up.”
No. 1 Baylor went on to rout Kansas 86-45, with Brittney Griner
leading the way with 26 points and 13 rebounds.
The 6-foot-8 senior moved into 10th all-time on the Division I
scoring list passing Penn State great Kelly Mazzante. Griner has
2,929 points in her career.
Brooklyn Pope and Odyssey Sims each added 13 for Baylor (21-1,
11-0 Big 12) while Kimetria Hayden had 11 points.
Cece Harper had 11 points and Asia Boyd scored 10 for Kansas
Kansas’ other offensive threat, Carolyn Davis, had been second
in the conference in field goal percentage but made just three of
her 12 field goal attempts and finished with six points, four of
those in the second half. She had been scoring nearly 16 points a
”We took care of the ball better,” Mulkey said. ”When you can
hold Angel Goodrich to two points and then Carolyn Davis to six
points, that’s hard to do. I just thought that those kids that
guarded those two players really took it upon themselves to make
sure that they didn’t have good nights.”
Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson credited Sims with helping shut
down Goodrich, and Griner’s defense on Davis.
”I think Odyssey is one of the best perimeter on-ball defenders
in the country,” Henrickson said. ”She gets into Angel, and Angel
got sped up a little bit. We’re a team that’s kind of built to play
in the paint and that’s difficult to do against these guys with
that kind of size. Angel (likes to) drive and finish at the rim and
Carolyn is a low post, so it’s who she’s had to be against with
these guys the last couple of years.
”We could have had her one-on-one on the block. We’re not going
to post Carolyn under the rim and have Brittney add to her
blocked-shot list. We have no intention of doing that.”
Griner has 678 blocks in her Baylor career, an NCAA record for
men or women.
”They would drive in and kick it when they saw me come to help.
So, not too much going in when I was in there,” Griner said.
”When I came out, they started going in a little bit more. But I
didn’t really see them coming into the paint too much.”
Griner, who is also the Big 12 Conference’s all-time leading
scorer, had 19 points in the first half. Baylor led 45-24 at the
break and just blew Kansas away to open the second period. Baylor
opened the second half on a 22-5 run, with Pope scoring seven and
Hayden hitting back-to-back layups. After a Kansas turnover, Sims
heaved a three-quarter court pass to Griner under the basket for an
easy layup that gave Baylor a 68-29 lead with 13:11 to play,
prompting Henrickson to call her fourth timeout of the game.
Kansas then scored the next four points, on two free throws by
Boyd and a short jumper by Davis. Baylor then went on another run,
with Sims hitting a pair of baskets and Niya Johnson making
consecutive layups, leaving Baylor with a 78-33 lead with 6:55
remaining in the game. Kansas went nearly five minutes without a
”Yeah, they got us in transition,” Henrickson said. ”We
didn’t get to the offensive glass. Odyssey pushed hard in
transition. We didn’t get on the ball. We tried to play some zone,
but she’s loose, and a great passer and a great point guard in
Baylor took control early, using a 22-4 run to go up 29-9 with
8:07 left in the first half. Griner scored nine and had an assist
during the streak.