The Baylor Lady Bears, the top seed in the entire women’s NCAA Tournament as well as the Greensboro Regional, scored the game’s first 20 points and went on to wallop the Abilene Christian Wildcats 95-38 on Saturday on Baylor’s home court in Waco, Texas.
The Lady Bears (32-1), the champions of the Big 12 after going 18-0, won their 24th straight game. They advance to face No. 8 seed Cal on Monday. The Golden Bears defeated No. 9 North Carolina 92-72 earlier Saturday.
Baylor’s Kalani Brown finished with team-highs of 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Lauren Cox, Juicy Landrum and reserve NaLyssa Smith added 14 points apiece. Smith also finished with 10 rebounds.
Lexi Kirgan led the Wildcats (23-10) with 10 points, and Breanna Wright added eight points. Abilene Christian, which went 13-5 and finished in fourth place in the Southland Conference, had won nine of its previous 10 games.
Baylor’s dominance quickly left the only drama as a matter of how big the final margin would be. The Lady Bears shot 50 percent from the field in the first half, including 6 of 7 from 3-point range.
Abilene Christian, which was making its first NCAA Tournament appearance, missed its first 12 shots. Wright finally ended the drought with a 3-pointer about seven minutes into the game, the team’s only points of the first quarter, which ended with the Lady Bears leading 26-3.
It only got worse from there for the Wildcats, as a 3-pointer from Landrum with 3:21 left before halftime extended Baylor’s lead to 40-9.
In the third quarter, a layup from Cox pushed the lead over 40 at 57-16, and it hit 50 at 81-31 with about eight minutes left in the game on a three-point play by Smith.
Baylor finished the game shooting 47.8 percent from the floor, including 9 of 13 on 3-pointers, while dominating Abilene Christian in rebounding, 61-25. The Wildcats shot 24.6 percent from the floor, and 6 of 31 from behind the arc.
—Field Level Media