Lauren Cox scored 17 points to lead seven players in double figures for No. 8 Baylor in a 98-37 win over Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Monday, the Lady Bears’ last tuneup before facing top-ranked Connecticut.
Baylor (9-1) hadn’t played since a 68-63 road loss Dec. 15 at No. 6 Stanford, but showed no ill effects from the time off as it shot 63 percent in the first quarter to race out to a 31-6 lead.
Queen Egbo had 15 points and 13 rebounds for Baylor, which got 13 points from Kalani Brown and 12 from NaLyssa Smith. Juicy Landrum, Chloe Jackson and Caitlin Bickle had 10 points each.
Quynne Huggins had 15 points for Texas-Rio Grande Valley (6-7), which didn’t get a field goal from anyone else until Idil Turk made a 3-pointer with 4½ minutes left in the first half. The Vaqueros shot 17 percent (10 of 59) overall from the field, while shooting 21 percent (8 of 38) on 3-pointers.
Texas-Rio Grande Valley: The Vaqueros had been relatively competitive in back-to-back home losses against No. 13 Texas (81-66) and at No. 21 Texas A&M (84-61), but they were never in this one. They were outscored in the paint 52-4 and outrebounded 75-26. They don’t have a player on their roster listed at taller than 6-foot, and that lack of size was a clear disadvantage.
Baylor: This was the type of game Baylor needed after its layoff because it provided playing time for its entire roster ahead of Thursday night’s meeting with UConn. Eleven Lady Bears scored, and nobody played more than 27 minutes. Baylor blocked 10 shots and had 28 assists and 16 steals.
Texas-Rio Grande Valley will return home to open conference play against California Baptist.
Baylor will host No. 1 UConn on Thursday.
Source: The Associated Press