WACO, Texas (AP) -- A long Christmas break didn't faze Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson and her Lady Bears (No. 9 ESPN/USA Today, No. 3 AP).
After being off since Dec. 19, Baylor (10-1) returned to action with a 92-47 win over Montana State (6-4) on Wednesday. It was the Lady Bears' last nonconference game."There will not be any more games like this, and we know it," Mulkey-Robertson said. "It was a good game for everybody to feel good, but nonconference is over. I worry a little bit that we still have a week before Big 12 play, but we'll take it little by little."Sophia Young scored 19 points to lead Baylor, connecting on 9-of-12 shots from the field."Over the Christmas break, I worked on my jump shots," Young said. "From now on, everybody will be doubling down, and I knew I needed to work on taking shots from outside."The Lady Bears shot 63 percent (19-of-30) in the first half and finished 35-of-60."We knew Baylor's size and athleticism would be a problem," Montana State coach Greg Kudrna said. "We started out in a zone, and they shot us right out of it. We were hoping they wouldn't shoot well coming off Christmas break, and we would, but it went backwards."Kati Burrows led Montana State with 19 points.The Lady Bears outscored Montana State 13-4 to open the second half and went ahead 61-26 with just over 15 minutes left. Baylor led by as much as 50 points at 90-40 when Jordan Davis hit a 3-pointer with 2:43 to play.Midway through the first half, Baylor went on a 13-2 surge to move in front 26-8. Chameka Scott and Emily Niemann fueled the outburst with 3-pointers. The Lady Bears led 48-22 at the half.