No. 1 Baylor women 67-39 over No. 25 Iowa State
WACO, Texas (AP) — Brittney Griner and top-ranked Baylor seem to be just getting started this season in what is already a dominating Big 12 run.
Back in the No. 1 spot nationally, Griner scored 23 points and the Lady Bears led throughout in a 67-39 win over 25th-ranked Iowa State on Wednesday night for their Big 12-record 25th consecutive conference victory.
"We all go into every game and think you're going to win, and you make a plan and whatever," Iowa State coach Bill Fennelly said. "But I think what realistically what most coaches are looking at, it's a 16-game conference schedule because Baylor is going to beat everybody twice."
The Lady Bears (13-1, 3-0 Big 12), which was 18-0 in the league last season, had matched Oklahoma's 24-game conference winning streak set from March 2005-January 2007. Baylor has also won 48 games in a row overall at home, the longest active winning streak.
Griner scored the game's first five points and already had 11 as Baylor jumped out to a 16-3 lead in just over 8 minutes.
Kimetria Hayden added 10 points and 10 assists for Baylor, while Brooklyn Pope and Destiny Williams both had 10 points. Williams also grabbed nine rebounds.
Baylor outscored Iowa State 50-0 in the paint, and the Cyclones also didn't have any second-chance points or score on any fastbreaks.
"Wow! I really don't know what to say about it, but we were busting it out there, though," Griner said.
"The first thing that stood out was 50 points in the paint to zero," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "I don't know that I've ever seen a stat like that."
Nikki Moody had 11 points for Iowa State (11-2, 2-1), which had won its first two Big 12 games for the first time in eight seasons. The Cyclones had 15 of their 24 turnovers by halftime.
Hallie Christofferson and Chelsea Poppens, their top scorers coming into the game, combined for only 2 points. That was on two free throws by Poppens as they went a combined 0-for-7 shooting.
The Cyclones did hit nine 3-pointers (out of 25 attempts).
"I just thought that defensively, you knew they were going to shoot a lot of 3s," Mulkey said. "I don't like that they made nine. But when you consider you're 50-0 in the paint, the points had to come from somewhere."
Iowa State made its first three shots of the second half, including a pair of 3-pointers by Moody. But the Cyclones were only within 42-27 when Nicole Blaskowsky made a jumper with her foot on the 3-point line, and Baylor then scored 17 consecutive points over the next 9 minutes.
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