WACO, Texas- Baylor used an overpowering inside game and suffocating defense to blow past Oklahoma City 91-42 before a crowd of 7,496 Tuesday night at the Ferrell Center.
"The returning players were a little rusty, but you kind of expect that for the first game," head coach Kim Mulkey said. "I felt the freshmen did fine, I just told them to go play. We weren't looking at the scoreboard, we were just glad to be playing a game."
In all, the Lady Bears scored 66 of their points inside the paint, leading to a 57 percent (39-for-68) field goal percentage, while the defense forced 29 turnovers and held the Stars to just 26 percent shooting from the field.
Five Baylor players scored in doubles figures, led by senior Brittney Griner and junior Odyssey Sims' 16 points. Seniors Brooklyn Pope and Kimetria Hayden each totaled 11 points, while freshman Kristina Higgins added 10, as all BU players recorded a point on the night.
Senior Lauren Gobler paced Oklahoma City with 15 points to go with 10 rebounds. The Lady Bears jumped out to an 11-0 lead to start the game, extending it to 19-2 at the 13:06 mark thanks to 15 combined points from Griner and Sims. BU forced 19 turnovers and shot 51 percent (21-for-41) en route to a 49-15 halftime lead.
"It's good to get the first game jitters out of the way," Griner said. "You try and get used to playing in front of a crowd again and you get to play with the freshmen for the first time."
In its first exhibition game of the year, Baylor managed a 2:1 assist-turnover ratio with 24 assists and 12 turnovers.
BU will play one more exhibition contest, hosting Shaw University on Monday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m. at the Ferrell Center. The regular-season opener against Lamar is slated for Nov. 9 at Noon at home.