Baylor tramples Texas Tech, advances to play K-State

8 Mar

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Like so many other teams this season, Texas Tech did its best to hang with No. 1 Baylor. Like so many others, it just fell short. The Bears triumphed 72-48 after leading by 30-plus points for much of the second half.

When senior post Ashley Field banked a 3-pointer to beat the halftime buzzer, her teammates ran onto the floor and the crowd roared as if Baylor had won on that basket. Essentially, it had. That basket gave the Bears a 40-16 lead heading into halftime, and Texas Tech would never close the distance.

Though the teams both scored 32 points in the second half, and although Texas Tech actually outrebounded Baylor 38-34, much of that was a function of the way the Bears dominated in the first half.  They held the Red Raiders to 26.6 percent shooting while making 52.9 percent of their own field goals.

The Red Raiders led the Bears during the first six and a half minutes of the game thanks to solid shooting from Casey Morris and Monique Smalls.

From there, it was mostly about Baylor. The first basket by Odyssey Sims began a 17-4 run to stretch the Bears’ lead into double digits. With 5:30 to play in the first half, they led 25-13.

The long scoring streak demonstrated Baylor’s depth. Player of the Year Brittney Griner scored just four points during her team’s 17-4 run, but Sims and Kimetria Hayden kept the Bears comfortably ahead.

The Red Raiders managed to cut the Bears’ lead to 27-16 with 3:53 to go in the second half, but then Baylor took control. Makenzie Robertson, Hayden, Field and Griner all contributed to a 13-0 run that gave the Bears their 40-16 halftime lead.

Griner scored 15 points in the game and sat down for the last 11 minutes.

“This program is way more than me,” Griner said. “You can stop me, but you’ve got to stop everybody else on our team too. I love being able to sit on the bench and watch my team play and execute well.”

 

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