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.

BIG PICTURE

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.

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Texas-Rio Grande Valley will return home to open conference play against California Baptist.

Baylor will host No. 1 UConn on Thursday.

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Baylor guard Moon Ursin (12) grabs the loose ball from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley guard Jameka Dowell (5) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday Dec. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
Baylor guard Moon Ursin (12) grabs the loose ball from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley guard Jameka Dowell (5) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday Dec. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
Baylor center Queen Egbo (25) shoots over University of Texas Rio Grande Valley forward Makaela Mosley (23) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday Dec. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
Baylor center Queen Egbo (25) shoots over University of Texas Rio Grande Valley forward Makaela Mosley (23) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday Dec. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey calls a play to her team in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Monday Dec. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey calls a play to her team in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Monday Dec. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
Baylor forward Lauren Cox (15) shoots between University of Texas Rio Grande Valley guard Nichele Hyman (15), left, and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley guard Quynne Huggins (11), right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday Dec. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
Baylor forward Lauren Cox (15) shoots between University of Texas Rio Grande Valley guard Nichele Hyman (15), left, and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley guard Quynne Huggins (11), right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday Dec. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley head coach Lane Lord gestures in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor, Monday Dec. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune Herald via AP)
University of Texas Rio Grande Valley head coach Lane Lord gestures in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor, Monday Dec. (Jerry Larson/Waco Tribune Herald via AP)

Source: The Associated Press