WACO, Texas (AP) — Rebecca Woodberry scored on a layup off the opening tip and then started making 3-pointers for San Jose State at No. 9 Baylor on Tuesday night.
Woodberry and the short-handed Spartans were only able to keep up for about 6½ minutes, before falling behind for good and losing 113-73 when the Lady Bears extended their nation's-best home winning streak to 64 games.
"Short-handed is us. It's going to be us for a while, so we've got to play through that," first-year coach Jamie Craighead said. "Really for me, it was about playing a team that we know can defend and score. And I thought if we could maybe come out of the game scoring 70 to 80 points, we could take something away from this game."
San Jose State (4-4), with only eight players in uniform, had a 23-18 lead with 13:40 left in the first half when Woodberry made her third 3, from well beyond the line on the right wing not far from Baylor coach Kim Mulkey standing on the sideline.
Baylor (7-0) then went on a 14-0 run in less than 3 minutes, going ahead 32-23 on consecutive 3-pointers by Makenzie Robertson, both on passes from Odyssey Sims. The Spartans missed their only two shots and had three turnovers in that span.
Woodberry finished with 19 points, while Classye James had 17 and Ta'Rea Cunnigan 16 for San Jose State.
"For them, I think it's really important to play in a basketball environment like this, to come where fans support when it's good times and bad times, to play in front of this many people in this kind of environment, it's what you hope your kids would play in in the first round of an NCAA tournament, so for us, that's hopefully the future of our program," Craighead said.