INSTANT REACTION: Baylor stifles WVU, 79-47

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WACO, Texas –Baylor raced past West Virginia in the second quarter and stiff-armed the Mountaineers the rest of the way as the Lady Bears stayed perfect in Big 12 play.

Baylor’s one-two inside punch of forwards Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox posted 17 and 13 points respectively, leading the second-ranked Lady Bears to a 79-47 victory over West Virginia on Sunday afternoon at the Ferrell Center.

The Lady Bears won the second quarter, 27-9, establishing a 20-plus-point edge at the break and never allowed the Mountaineers back within 18.

Guard Juicy Landrum scored 13 points to give Baylor three starters in double figures and forwards NaLyssa Smith and Queen Egbo came off the bench to add 11 and 10.

Baylor point guard Chloe Jackson made the wheels turn on the offensive end for most of the first three quarters and she finished with 10 assists.

Guard Tynice Martin scored 18 to lead three West Virginia players in double figures, but the Mountaineers had no answer for Baylor in the interior on either end of the floor.

The Lady Bears scored 56 points in the paint and limited West Virginia to 12. Baylor blocked 10 shots, led by Cox’s 4 swats.

Baylor played stifling defense beginning in the second quarter, leading to the Lady Bears’ 20-2 run that defined the first half.

Guard Juicy Landrum hit a deep 3-pointer from the left side to start Baylor’s second-quarter surge, but the Lady Bears made their money, as usual, by going inside to Brown and Cox. Baylor’s twin towers each made a pair of layups on assists from DiDi Richards, Juicy Landrum and Jackson.

Cox went to the free throw line with 2:42 left in the second quarter and split a pair of free throws that capped the run and put Baylor in front 38-18.

The Lady Bears led 18-16 just a few seconds into the second, but took a 45-22 advantage to halftime.

Brown finished the first half with 15 points as she made 7 of 9 field goals. Jackson filled up the stat sheet through the first two quarters with 7 assists, 5 rebounds and 3 points.

Baylor held West Virginia to 30-percent shooting from the field through the first 20 minutes, although the Mountaineers shot a little bitter from beyond the arc where they hit 3 of 9. Tynice Martin made 2 of 3 attempts from 3-point range and led West Virginia with 10 points in the first half.