Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey used the exhibition game against Oklahoma City U. on Tuesday to give newcomers a chance to play. After all, with five returning starters from a 40-0 NCAA championship club, the frosh might not play much until games are way out of hand in the second half.
Then again, Baylor has the ability to put games out of reach pretty quick.
All-American Brittney Griner had 16 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in just 22 minutes to help Baylor hack the defending NAIA champion Stars, 91-42. A crowd of 7,496 at Ferrell Center watched the Bears pummel an OCU team that finished 35-1 a year ago.
Baylor opened a 13-2 lead when Mulkey started substituting. The score was 49-15 at halftime.
“The freshmen did fine,” Mulkey told wacotrib.com. “I think conditioning for several of them — it's obvious they've got to learn to play longer stretches. For the most part, you're pleased. It was a game of just go play. We're not looking at the scoreboard, we're not looking at who we're playing, we're going out there to look and get better with each other.”
Lauren Gober led OCU with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
*Two former Central States Football League powers, Southern Nazarene (1-8) and Northwestern State (2-7), square off at 2 p.m. Saturday in Alva.
Both schools are transitioning to NCAA Division II, and both will soon become full-fledged members of the Great American Conference. So nothing but bragging rights are on the line Saturday at Rangers Field.
Northwestern State has won two straight. The Rangers are coming off a 44-19 victory over the Air Force junior varsity. Northwestern State debuted all-red jerseys and pants with camouflage numbers as part of its Military Appreciation Day. Other than the suits, the Rangers did not show much appreciation toward Air Force.
Jared Jackson, a senior running back from Moore, collected 194 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries. Jackson also returned the opening kick 100 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Kyle Jech, a senior from Kingfisher, completed 12 of 19 pass attempts for 143 yards and one touchdown.
Jech did not throw an interception — but that's nothing new. He's been picked off just twice in 368 pass attempts this season.
*Central Oklahoma (2-6) will host Southwest Baptist (1-8) at 2 p.m. Saturday in Edmond. UCO will introduce its next Athletics Hall of Fame class during halftime: All-American tennis player Melburn Brown Jr.; national wrestling champion Todd Drake; All-American basketball player Tyrone Hopkins; All-American football player Johnnie Jones; multisport athlete Christina Smith; soccer player Sally Holmes Tinga; coach Jim Rogers; and Jessie Banks and Don Jimerson for lifetime achievement.