WACO, Texas (AP) — Houston Baptist provided some nice stress relief for No. 9 Baylor.
The Lady Bears, after a lengthy break for final exams that included a couple of unexpected days off, reached 100 points for the third game in a row in a 100-57 victory over Houston Baptist on Sunday.
Baylor (8-1) extended its home-court winning streak to a national-best 65 games. The Lady Bears were playing for the first time in nine days, since a 133-130, four-overtime loss to No. 5 Kentucky at the Dallas Cowboys' stadium on Dec. 6.
Tayler Jefferson had 13 points for the Huskies (3-5), a team with no seniors that played for the first time in 12 days. Shanice Steenholdt had 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Odyssey Sims had 25 points and seven assists for Baylor. Four Lady Bears' freshmen — Nina Davis, Khadijiah Cave, Ieshia Small and Imani Wright — combined for 36 points and 19 rebounds.
"I saw some of their younger kids today really step up their game, and I think they're going to be a force to be reckoned with," Houston Baptist coach Donna Finnie.
Baylor's five 100-point games this season have already set a school record in NCAA competition. The Lady Bears had four 100-point games four previous times, the last in Brittney Griner's freshman season in 2009-10. They had 11 such games in AIWA competition in 1977-78.
Davis made all seven of her shots while scoring 16 points. Sune Agbuke had 12 points and 14 rebounds, while Cave had 12 points.
"It's kind of been a stressful week," said Sims, who entered the game as the nation's leading scorer with 30 points a game. "We've been worrying about finals. Coach gave us (Saturday) and Friday off, but I think today we came out and were ready to play. I'm very impressed with how we played, just given that we had two days off. That's not something coach does all the time."