Lady Bears roll over Nicholls State in regular-season opener


WACO, Texas – The Baylor women’s basketball team opened the season against one of the many, many teams in college basketball that simply don’t have the personnel to hang with the fourth-ranked Lady Bears.

Nonetheless, Baylor revved its engine for the home fans and motored past Nicholls State, 100-39, on Tuesday night at the Ferrell Center.

Baylor scored 24 points before it allowed the Colonels to get on the board. That helped the Lady Bears establish a 28-5 lead by the end of the first quarter and Nicholls never scratched back within 20.

The Lady Bears introduced their fabulous pack of freshmen — a group heralded as the nation’s best signing class coming into this season — during a pair of exhibition games in the last two weeks. Tuesday night was more of the same as the regular season began. Freshmen NaLyssa Smith, Queen Egbo and Caitlin Bickle showed flashes of what makes them special.

But Baylor’s veterans, sophomore guard Moor Ursin and senior forward Lauren Cox in particular, filled up the stat sheet too.

Ursin hit 3 of 4 3-pointers and scored 13 points in 12 minutes of action in the first half. Cox posted 9 points, 5 assists, 5 boards and a pair of blocks.

Ursin, who finished with 13, and senior center Kalani Brown (13) led 7 Lady Bears in double-digit scoring. Bickle and DiDi Richards had 12 each, while Egbo, Smith and Chloe Jackson all pitched in 10 points.