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Kim Mulkey is aware that the No. 7 boiler is required to play these early-season non-conference games, even though practices for the Lady Bears are often more competitive.
Naelisa Smith hit a career high with 30 points on 12-of-15 shooting to lead six players scoring in double figures in a 136–43 win over Northwestern State on Friday, including the Lady Byers The national-best home win extended to 60 games. . He was four points younger than his school scoring record four years earlier.
“Sometimes practicing with each other, we have a habit of playing with each other,” Smith said. “So playing other teams helps us to get a feel for each other and build team chemistry. So I feel like playing games against other teams is just a good experience for us.”
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A 6-foot-5 freshman center, Hannah Gusters added 22 points on 14 of 11 points and Queen Agbo added 21 points on 10-of-15 shooting for the Lady Bears (6-1), shooting 67.9% overall. (84 of 557). Diazonia Carrington added 13 points while Jordan Oliver and Sarah Andrews each had 12. Oliver also had 10 assists, while Caitlin Bickel had 11 rebounds.
All 11 boiler players scored and rebelled, including UCLA transfer Jaden Owens (three points, one rebound in 10 minutes) at the start of the sample guard for the Lady Bears. Gavas was the only player not to have one of his single-game record 45 assists.
The game was scheduled for a scheduled November before the northwestern state was postponed due to COVID-19 issues. There was a makeup of 27. It gave the Lady Bears games on back-to-back days, before the Christmas break, but Mulkey said it was important to squeeze in even after four home games in a six-day span.
“Ideally, you don’t want to do that, but we just need to play (the game),” Mulkey said. “Yes, practice, there is a lot of teaching, and there is probably no question in practice that when we go against each other it is more competitive, it heats up. And yet at the same time, Sometimes we just get tired of that and we just need to play the game. “
Tristan Washington had 12 points in four 3s to lead Northwestern State (0-3). The Lady Demons made 11 3s, but were only 4-of-19 shooting (21.1%) inside the arc, until their first two-point basket came more than 2 minutes into the second half.
Baylor scored the first six points of the game on three field goals in the opening minute and had already taken a 23-point lead after the first quarter. The Lady Bears led 74-21 at halftime, and had 102 points following a 3-pointer by Carrington just before the end of the third quarter.
home for the holidays
Boiler players will be able to go home after Saturday’s game and not be back on campus for COVID testing until December 28 and before their Jan 2 Big 12 games start on campus at TCU. The Lady Bears then host No. 3 UCON on 7 January.
Mulki always wants her players to be able to go home for Christmas, but admits that she must have been praying a lot about his stay this year.
“It’s pretty much as far as Christmas breaks. The difference is just the COVID test and holding your breath, you know, we’re going to stay away from it,” he said. “We’re very lucky. I’m just telling you, and we all knock on wood every day, we don’t have it. And that’s a good thing, but it’s also a scary thing because what does that mean?” ” Going to get it at some point. “
Northwestern State: The Lady Demons have six freshmen and Anna Nimz as first-year coach. He was playing in his third game after his season debut was delayed due to COVID-19 issues. He canceled three games and rescheduled the game with the boiler.
Baylor: The Lady Bears scored just short and total points from their previous records of 77 first-half points, which Winthropon set on December 15, 2016 in a 140–32 victory. He had outscored Northwestern State 86-2 in the paint, a 33–0 advantage at Fastbreak Point. The Lady Demons had 29 turnovers, leading Baylor to 48 points, and the Lady Byers outscored them 56–15, including 24 offensive boards.
Northwestern State is home to play Mississippi Valley State on Sunday.
Baylor hosts McNeese State, their third afternoon home game in a four-day span before the holiday break.
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