WACO, Texas (AP) -- Baylor coach Kim Mulkey-Robertson was worried
about a short bench and a long layoff.
Neither was a problem Thursday night.
Sophia Young scored 20 points and Chameka Scott finished with 19
points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 4 Baylor to an 82-42 victory
over Sam Houston State.
The Lady Bears (10-0), who extended their winning streak to 30
games, dressed just eight players for their first game in nearly
two weeks. Sophomore guard Angela Tisdale served the final game of
a three-game suspension, and freshman forward Jessica Morrow was
out with an illness.
"With only eight players, everybody gets double-figure
minutes," Mulkey-Robertson said. "You worry a little bit about
being rusty and out of sync, but I thought we came out both halves
and did just fine."
Baylor took a 28-5 lead in the first eight minutes, then opened the
second half with a 15-0 run for a 58-22 lead with just over 12
minutes remaining. Young scored nine points in the second-half run.
"We were excited from the start," Young said. "This is our
last go-around so we're just going to have fun and play aggressive
every night and see what the outcome is."
Britney Harris and Ratysha Alexander each scored seven points
for Sam Houston State (5-5), which was outscored 48-12 in the paint
and outrebounded 52-21.
"You've got to play good teams to get better," Sam Houston
State coach Wooly Hatchell said. "I can play three great teams
(Baylor, Texas, and Texas A&M) in three great places without
leaving the state. Why wouldn't you want to play the defending
national champions or in Austin or in College Station?"
Scott scored 13 in the first half, which ended with Baylor