WACO, Texas - The fourth-ranked Baylor Bears lived up to the billing in an 89-38 victory over the Rice Owls Wednesday evening at the Ferrell Center.
"We played a really great team tonight," Rice head coach Tina Langley said. "I have so much respect for Coach Mulkey and all that she has done, and she has a very good team this year. It was a great opportunity for our young team to play in this environment and experience what it's like to play one of the top four teams in the country."
Rice (0-6) was led in scoring by Jasmine Goodwine (12 points) and got nine points apiece from Maya Hawkins and Lauren Grigsby.
Baylor (7-0) outscored the Owls 62-10 in points in the paint and had four players score in double-figures. Khadijiah Cave led all players with 19 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds for a double-double. The taller Lady Bears outrebounded the Owls 57-25, including 28 offensive boards.
Baylor jumped out to a 20-5 lead after one period but the Owls responded with their best quarter of the night in the second, playing the Lady Bears to a 15-15 tie and using a 10-2 run to pull to within 33-17 with 2:35 left before the half. Hawkins sparked the run with seven points of her own.
Rice was limited to 18 points in the second half while Baylor scored 51 points over the final two quarters on 47 percent shooting.
The Owls will play their final game before the finals break this Saturday when they host crosstown rival Houston at 4 p.m.