No. 3 Baylor women beat Liberty 92-60

  • Associated Press
  • November 23, 2012 - 9:08 PM

WACO, Texas - Kimetria Hayden scored 12 of her 18 points in the first 5 1/2 minutes and third-ranked Baylor cruised to a 92-60 victory against turnover-prone Liberty on Friday night.

Hayden scored the game's first seven points, and the Lady Bears (5-1) led by 20 in less than 7 1/2 minutes on way to their 43rd consecutive win at home.

Liberty (2-3) had more turnovers than points at halftime, when the Lady Bears had a 53-18 lead. The Lady Flames' 21 turnovers in the first half led to 27 of Baylor's points.

The Lady Bears had five steals that led to breakaway layups, two of them by Hayden in the first 5 minutes.

Brooklyn Pope had 13 points for the Lady Bears, while two-time All-American center Brittney Griner had 11 points and four rebounds — giving her 999 in her career — while playing only 20 minutes. Jordan Madden had 10 points.

Preseason AP All-America point guard Odyssey Sims sat out her third consecutive game since sustaining a strained hamstring a week earlier in the Lady Bears' 71-69 loss to Stanford, which replaced Baylor at No. 1 this week.

Devon Brown had 20 points to lead Liberty, which had a 15-point loss at Texas A&M on its Thanksgiving trip through the Lone Star State.

The Lady Flames had only six turnovers after halftime, when Baylor built as much as a 50-point lead.

Stanford, which ended Baylor's overall 42-game winning streak in Hawaii, has the nation's longest active home winning streak at 80 games in a row.

Baylor has won its last three games by an average margin of 28 points. The Lady Bears are 99-1 in non-conference home games in coach Kim Mulkey's 13 seasons, the only loss coming to No. 12 Purdue in the preseason WNIT championship game in November 2006.

After Hayden scored the first seven points, Brown had two quick baskets for Liberty. Brown hit a jumper, then had a steal and a layup only 13 seconds later. Griner scored on the next possession to start a 21-0 run, with six different Lady Bears scoring. That put them up 28-4 midway through the first half.

Nine Baylor players scored by halftime, including Pope's nine points in 8 minutes.

Baylor plays Tuesday night at Rice, its last game before a Dec. 5 national title game rematch at fifth-ranked Notre Dame.

Liberty lost 81-42 at Waco in its only game against Baylor two years ago. Griner had 35 points and nine rebounds in that game.

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