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Baylor defeats Kansas, 86-45

  • 7 p.m., Feb. 6, 2013
  • The Ferrell Center, Waco, TX

Originally published February 6, 2013 at 09:07p.m., updated February 6, 2013 at 10:18p.m.

Baylor women throttle Kansas

Baylor's Brittney Griner (42) shoots over Kansas' Bunny Williams during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Waco Texas. Baylor won 86-45.

Baylor's Brittney Griner (42) shoots over Kansas' Bunny Williams during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Waco Texas. Baylor won 86-45.

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Baylor's Brittney Griner (42) shoots over Kansas' Bunny Williams during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Waco Texas. Baylor won 86-45.

— Kansas University needed to play a near-perfect game to have a chance at beating Baylor. With the Jayhawks only getting two points out of Angel Goodrich, they had no shot.

Goodrich was held to just two points in the Jayhawks 86-45 loss to top-ranked Baylor on Wednesday night.

She came into the game averaging 14 points. She hit KU’s first basket but then missed her eight other field-goal attempts and was 0-for-6 from behind the three-point line.

Kansas’ other offensive threat, Carolyn Davis, had been second in the conference in field-goal percentage but made just three of her 12 field-goal attempts and finished with six points, four in the second half. She had been scoring nearly 16 points a game.

“I think Odyssey (Sims) is one of the best perimeter on-ball defenders in the country,” KU coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “She gets into Angel, and Angel got sped up a little bit. We’re a team that’s kind of built to play in the paint, and that’s difficult to do against these guys with that kind of size. Angel (likes to) drive and finish at the rim, and Carolyn is a low post, so it’s who she’s had to be against with these guys the last couple of years.

“We could have had her one-on-one on the block. We’re not going to post Carolyn under the rim and have Brittney (Griner) add to her blocked-shot list. We have no intention of doing that.”

Griner has 678 blocks in her Baylor career, an NCAA record for men or women.

“They would drive in and kick it when they saw me come to help. So, not too much going in when I was in there,” Griner said. “When I came out, they started going in a little bit more. But I didn’t really see them coming into the paint too much.”

Griner, who is also the Big 12 Conference’s all-time leading scorer, had 19 points in the first half. She finished with 26 points and 13 rebounds. The 6-foot-8 senior moved into 10th all-time on the Div. I scoring list, passing Penn State great Kelly Mazzante. Griner has 2,929 points in her career.

Brooklyn Pope and Sims each added 13 for Baylor (21-1, 11-0 Big 12) while Kimetria Hayden had 11 points.

Cece Harper had 11 points, and Asia Boyd scored 10 for Kansas (14-7, 5-5).

Baylor led 45-24 at the break and just blew Kansas away to open the second period. Baylor opened the second half on a 22-5 run, with Pope scoring seven and Hayden hitting back-to-back layups. After a Kansas turnover, Sims heaved a three-quarter court pass to Griner under the basket for an easy layup that gave Baylor a 68-29 lead with 13:11 to play, prompting Henrickson to call her fourth timeout of the game.

Kansas then scored the next four points, on two free throws by Boyd and a short jumper by Davis. Baylor then went on another run, with Sims hitting a pair of baskets and Niya Johnson making consecutive layups, leaving Baylor with a 78-33 lead with 6:55 remaining in the game. Kansas went nearly five minutes without a point.

“Yeah, they got us in transition,” Henrickson said. “We didn’t get to the offensive glass. Odyssey pushed hard in transition. We didn’t get on the ball. We tried to play some zone, but she’s loose, and a great passer and a great point guard in transition.”

Baylor took control early, using a 22-4 run to go up 29-9 with 8:07 left in the first half. Griner scored nine and had an assist during the streak.

“We took care of the ball better,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “When you can hold Angel Goodrich to two points and then Carolyn Davis to six points, that’s hard to do. I just thought that those kids that guarded those two players really took it upon themselves to make sure that they didn’t have good nights.”

Comments

MinnesotaJay 1 year, 8 months ago

In comparison to the men's loss to TCU, the women's blowout loss to Baylor almost seems like 'first, the good news.'

ATR920 1 year, 8 months ago

How does Bonnie still have a job? Come on Zenger fire her today! She is terrible!

Cody Stumma 1 year, 8 months ago

You do know her contract expires soon, right?

no_fan 1 year, 8 months ago

In 2014........Gee, do we have to wait that long?

wakeupcall 1 year, 8 months ago

This game was pathetic from start to finish. KU looked as if they had no desire to put up a fight against the dominance of Baylor. Kansas' game preparation seemed to keep them totally out of the lane and not allowed them to push for one transition bucket. “Yeah, they got us in transition,” Henrickson said. - How about pushing the ball ?

Odyssey pushed hard in transition. We didn’t get on the ball. We tried to play some zone, but she’s loose, and a great passer and a great point guard in transition.” Hello - KU had the #2 (Keena Mays) and #3 (CeCe Harper) PGs in Texas for 2010 by ESPN Hoopgurlz and with Angel Goodrich could have pushed the ball in transition just as well.

BTW, Keena Mays has won Three Conference Players of the Week honors in CUSA. She will probably win CUSA Player of the Year honors....Averaging nearly 22 ppg and has transformed the SMU Team into NCAA Contingent. Those 22 points per game could have had the KU Team closer than the 40+ they lost by. Add in Diara Moore's 13+ ppg and who knows, we may have had a game in Waco. smh

no_fan 1 year, 8 months ago

Wakeupcall, no we wouldn't because HCBH does not know how to utilize the talent she recruits. Reading these athletes resumes coming into KU as Freshmen are very impressive. There is a problem somewhere because their stats does not reflect their playing ability once at KU. Oh. I can answer my own statement.....the problem is HCBH! Again, these players see if they want to develop and further their basketball career they MUST move on to other programs!

Tom Shelton 1 year, 8 months ago

Your problem is you know nothing about the details of basketball. The game plan was good, the results were not, mostly due to Griner !!!

no_fan 1 year, 8 months ago

Look who commented HCBH #1 & only fan. Lol I (we) do not have to know details of basketball to KNOW HCBH can not coach. Stevie Wonder can sit and hear about her record to know she can not coach. Griner only been on the scene for the last 4 years. What is your excuse for previous years? Oh, young team, injuries. Other GOOD college coaches do not have Griner and have successfully turned programs around in less time then HCBH. Texas A&M did not have Griner when they won the Championship! Matter of fact Coach Blair won it with Griner on BU roster. Coach Mulkey also won a Championship WITHOUT Griner. Bottom line it is time for HCBH to go. Whenever that day happen please help her pack. Go support her somewhere else.

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