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Baylor dismantles Marshall, extends win streak to 26

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) -- No. 5 Baylor has the nation's longest
winning streak at 26 straight victories -- not that coach Kim
Mulkey-Robertson is counting.

"That's what they tell us, but we're not even thinking about
it," Mulkey-Robertson said after Sophia Young scored 22 points to
lead the defending national champions to a 74-47 drubbing of
Marshall on Sunday in the final game of the Caribbean Classic.

"We don't talk about it. I think we talked to the players one
time about it and it was only to say that it would end one day,"
Mulkey-Robertson said. "The only thing that we ask the players is
that a better team beats them when that happens."

Baylor was clearly the better team against overmatched Marshall.

Young was the game's leading scorer despite playing just 21
minutes and yielding to reserves early in the second half. She also
grabbed seven rebounds.

Baylor (6-0) forced the Thundering Heard into a number of early
turnovers and used a blistering transition game to convert them
into quick points. Tricia Abbott came off the bench to score 10
points on a day when a number of Bears contributed.

Marshall struggled with some early misses, then was forced to
foul to try and slow the pace. The Thundering Heard trailed 43-23
by halftime and never mounted a serious rally after that.

Reshundra Smiley was the leading scorer for Marshall (2-2) with
11 points.

Baylor topped California 75-58 on Saturday, but showed no signs
of fatigue as its players took the court barely 24 hours later.

"I thought our players were fine," Mulkey-Robertson said. "I
thought the starting group played well to give us the lead and the
younger players, largely freshman, kept things going well."