Nov. 3, 2011
WACO, Texas - No. 1 Baylor used its size and strength inside to outscore St. Edward's 54-10 in the paint en route to a 91-30 win in its final exhibition tune-up Thursday night at the Ferrell Center.
Junior Brittney Griner led the way with a game-high 26 points to go with seven rebounds, four blocks and two steals. Destiny Williams and Kimetria Hayden each added 16 points.
The Hilltoppers didn't have a player score more than five points, as four different players tied for the team lead.
"I think we got more out of our practices," Mulkey said. "Not playing some of our players has really taken us out of the flow a little bit, as far as seeing different combinations. Our practices are very competitive, but these did give us a game type atmosphere."
The Lady Bears broke the game open in the first half, going on a 20-3 run over 5:39 to make it 28-6. Baylor had a commanding 49-20 lead at the half thanks to 58 percent shooting from the field.
Baylor, which held St. Edwards's to .204 shooting from the field, forced 28 turnovers and added 10 blocks in a solid defensive effort. Freshman Sune Agbuke matched Griner's block total of four on the night.
The Lady Bears will begin regular season play, hosting Howard University as part of the preseason WNIT on Nov. 11 at 6:30 p.m.
"From here on out it is the real stuff and I just hope that we can get four games in here at the WNIT," Mulkey said. "That would be great to play the level of competition we could potentially play."