San Jose State women lose 113-73 at No. 9 Baylor
Rebecca Woodberry scored on a layup off the opening tip and then
started making 3-pointers for San Jose State at No. 9 Baylor on
Woodberry and the short-handed Spartans were only able to keep
up for about 6 1/2 minutes, before falling behind for good and
losing 113-73 when the Lady Bears extended their nation’s-best home
winning streak to 64 games.
”Short-handed is us. It’s going to be us for a while, so we’ve
got to play through that,” first-year coach Jamie Craighead said.
”Really for me, it was about playing a team that we know can
defend and score. And I thought if we could maybe come out of the
game scoring 70 to 80 points, we could take something away from
San Jose State (4-4), with only eight players in uniform, had a
23-18 lead with 13:40 left in the first half when Woodberry made
her third 3, from well beyond the line on the right wing not far
from Baylor coach Kim Mulkey standing on the sideline.
Baylor (7-0) then went on a 14-0 run in less than 3 minutes,
going ahead 32-23 on consecutive 3-pointers by Makenzie Robertson,
both on passes from Odyssey Sims. The Spartans missed their only
two shots and had three turnovers in that span.
Woodberry finished with 19 points, while Classye James had 17
and Ta’Rea Cunnigan 16 for San Jose State.
”For them, I think it’s really important to play in a
basketball environment like this, to come where fans support when
it’s good times and bad times, to play in front of this many people
in this kind of environment, it’s what you hope your kids would
play in in the first round of an NCAA tournament, so for us, that’s
hopefully the future of our program,” Craighead said.
Sims scored 29 points and had 13 assists to become the Baylor
career leader in that category.
”Odyssey’s great,” Robertson said. ”If you get open, she’ll
get you the ball. Even if you don’t think you’re open, she’ll get
you the ball.”
Freshman forward Nina Davis had 15 points in 17 minutes for
Baylor while Robertson scored 13 points, Khadijiah Cave had 12 and
Chardonae Fuqua 10 for Baylor. Niya Johnson had 14 assists and
It was the first game in 10 days for the Lady Bears, who next
have their biggest test before Big 12 play when they play No. 5
Kentucky on Friday night in the Dallas Cowboys’ stadium.
Sims, who entered the game as the Big 12 scoring leader and No.
3 nationally with 27.3 points per game, also had five steals and
five rebounds with one turnover in 27 minutes. She now has 505
”Does anyone really defend her? She’s got to be the best point
guard in the country, and probably the best player in the
country,” Craighead said. ”It was fun to watch her a little bit,
you kind of catch yourself watching her.”
Needing only two assists to overtake Angela Tisdale’s school
record of 493, Sims had that in less than 3 minutes. She had 10
assists by halftime, and had 17 points as the Lady Bears led
”After they announced it, I was aware of it,” Sims insisted
about the record. ”It’s really not that important, not to me. Like
Coach said, I came here to win championships and have a good senior