By Krista Pirtle
With five blocks on the evening, junior Brittney Griner is now No. 2 on the NCAA Division 1 Career Top Ten List.
Those blocks help to continue the defensive streak the Lady Bears have going, not allowing their opponents to shoot over fifty percent since March 25, 2006, and defeat the No. 2 team in the Big 12, Kansas, 74-46.
Kansas started out the game sagging a two-three zone in hopes of slowing down the Baylor offense; however, the Lady Bears came out hot from beyond the arch as juniors Nae Nae Hayden and Jordan Madden both hit treys before a Kansas time out.
Those three’s were the only ones Baylor would hit for the game.
“We just had a lot of energy because our families were here,” Hayden said.
Griner led the Lady Bears with 28 points, followed by Hayden with 10 and sophomore Odyssey Sims with 8.
“I was working hard and trying to get as deep as I could,” Griner said.
Despite the score, Baylor had multiple “gimme” shots that were not falling but went fifty percent from the floor with 54 points coming from the paint, compared to 20 by Kansas.
“We were a little sluggish but we did enough early,” Mulkey said.
One key to the game for Baylor was slowing down junior Carolyn Davis who scored 34 points against Texas Tech on Jan. 25.
The Lady Bear front line held Davis to 12 points on the evening, six in each half.
Behind her were junior Angel Goodrich and sophomore CeCe Harper with ten a piece.
The Baylor defense held Kansas to a mere 29.5 percent from the floor.
As far as rebounds were concerned, Baylor owned the boards, pulling down a total of 46 to the Kansas 29, allowing the Lady Bears 14 second chance points.
Baylor was up in the passing lanes, resulting in 11 turnovers on the evening as well as 11 steals, scoring 21 points off Kansas turnovers.
“We just need more steals,” Hayden said.
The Lady Bears will hit the road to face the Tigers, who are winless in conference play, at 7 p.m. Wed.