No. 3 Baylor women run past SE Louisiana 106-41
- Associated Press
- December 29, 2012 - 9:32 PM
WACO, Texas - Jordan Madden scored all 13 of her points in the first half and third-ranked Baylor took control early in a 106-41 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Saturday night, giving the Lady Bears their 46th consecutive win at home.
The Lady Bears (10-1) now have the longest active winning streak in women's college basketball. Their latest victory at the Ferrell Center came after No. 2 Connecticut won 61-35 earlier Saturday at top-ranked Stanford to end the 82-game home streak by the Cardinal.
Madden made all six of her shots in the first half, including three in a row in a 92-second span that put Baylor ahead 16-2 only 6 minutes into the game. A 3-pointer by Madden made it 33-13 with 6:41 left in the first, and she had a layup right after that following a steal by Brooklyn Pope.
Baylor's last home loss was 70-54 to Texas in the 2009-10 regular season finale, a game that then-freshman Brittney Griner missed while serving a suspension for throwing a punch in the previous game.
Freshman guard Alexis Prince led the Lady Bears with a season-high 17 points. Destiny Williams had 14 points and eight rebounds in 15 minutes, and Griner, the 6-foot-8 two-time All-American, had 12 points and five blocked shots in her 20 minutes.
Brandi Simmons had 12 points to lead Southeastern Louisiana (7-4), the school in Hammond, La., where Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey grew up and was a prep standout.
The Lady Bears are 102-1 in non-conference home games in Mulkey's 13 seasons. The loss was 69-55 to 12th-ranked Purdue in the preseason WNIT championship game on Nov. 19, 2006.
Baylor played its first game after an extended Christmas break. The previous game was Dec. 18 at home, a 76-53 victory over Tennessee.
Next for the Lady Bears is the Big 12 opener Wednesday night at league newcomer TCU. Their only remaining non-conference game in the regular season is Feb. 18 at Connecticut, which is likely to take over the No. 1 spot when the new poll comes out Monday.
Baylor has won eight in a row since losing to Stanford in Hawaii a week into the season.
All 13 Baylor players scored points and had at least one rebound.
Nine Baylor players had already scored by halftime, when it was 52-19 after Williams had a putback basket while being fouled and made the free throw with a half-second left in the half. Odyssey Sims, the preseason All-America point guard, was scoreless at halftime but had six assists.
Sims scored nine points after halftime.
The Lady Bears led 83-33 with 8 minutes left on a layup by Makenzie Robertson, the coach's daughter, and went on to their first 100-point game since Nov. 22, 2011.
Southeastern Louisiana sent 5-foot-3 guard Elizabeth Styles out for the game's opening tip. Griner obviously won that. The Lady Lions' first seven possession resulted in three turnovers (one shot-clock violation), three missed shot with the shot clock running down, and one basket.
Griner went for a dunk with 11 minutes to go, but lost control of the ball and grabbed the rim. Williams got the rebound and scored on a putback while being fouled, then completed a three-point play.
Only a few seconds later, with Baylor ahead 74-31, Griner left the game for good.
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