No. 1 Baylor women beat Texas Southern 91-39
WACO, Texas—Brittney Griner had 23 points and 14 rebounds for her fifth double-double this season for top-ranked Baylor, which stretched its home winning streak to 27 games with a 91-39 victory over Texas Southern on Wednesday night.
Odyssey Sims had 19 points, nine assists and a career-high eight steals while playing on 24 minutes for the Lady Bears (7-0). Kimetria Hayden and Brooklyn Pope had 13 points apiece.
Kiara Taylor led Texas Southern (1-4) with 12 points on four 3-pointers.
It was the 30th double-double in 79 career games for Griner, the 6-foot-8 junior phenom who was a unanimous preseason AP All-America pick this season. She played only 22 minutes, making eight of 14 field goals and seven of eight free throws.
Three days after their 76-67 win at eighth-ranked Tennessee, already their third win over a Top 25 opponent this season, Baylor scored the first 12 points of the game and built a 20-point lead within 8 minutes.
The Lady Tigers (1-4) finished with 31 turnovers that led to 43 Baylor points.
Playing their first game outside of Houston, they also started three freshmen. The Lady Tigers' 15-player roster includes 10 freshmen among 13 newcomers who weren't part of Texas Southern's 100-43 loss at Baylor last season.
Plus, six of Texas Southern players were listed at 5-foot-6 or shorter. The shortest Baylor player is 5-7 guard Terran Condrey.
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey often substituted players in and out, using several different combinations in a game that wasn't nearly as tough as one of the team's practices.
The Lady Bears have won their six home games by an average margin of nearly 44 points. All have been by at least 33 points except a 94-81 win over then-No. 2 Notre Dame on Nov. 20. They have three more games before another potential 1 vs. 2 matchup at home Dec. 18 against Connecticut. They play Sunday at Minnesota.
The best stretch for the Lady Tigers came when they had an 8-1 run over nearly 4- 1/2 minute stretch in the first half. Crystal Anyiam's jumper cut the deficit to 27-12 before Baylor scored six points in a row in only a minute.
Aniyam had 10 points and eight rebounds in 21 minutes before fouling out with 9:23 left in the game
Griner made two free throws only 21 seconds into the game before Condrey had a steal that she turned into a breakaway layup, and Sims had a steal that led to Pope's jumper.
Texas Southern missed its first five shots before Kayla West had a steal and passed ahead to Morgan Simmons for a layup 4 1/2 minutes into the game.