No. 6 Baylor women beat Kansas 83-48 for 11th straight win

Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey relays an out of bounds ball to forward Dekeiya Cohen, right, against Iowa State in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 89-49. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)

LAWRENCE — For the first four minutes, Kansas appeared to have a chance.

 

The Jayhawks held a 13-12 lead over No. 6 Baylor in a matchup that seemed destined to be a blowout. They were hitting shots, containing the Lady Bears’ offense and controlling the game.

That didn’t last long.

Kalani Brown scored 22 points and Dekeiya Cohen had 15 to help Baylor overcome a slow start and rout Kansas 83-48 on Saturday for its 11th straight victory.

After that 13-12 deficit, the Lady Bears closed the first quarter with a 12-2 run. The shift in momentum came after they shook off their early struggles and consciously locked in on defense.

“Defensively, we really just had to just focus on the scouting report really,” Cohen said. “Stop the penetration and just make adjustments on getting out on the shooters.”

Baylor’s (14-1, 4-0) Big 12-best defense smothered Kansas’ (11-4, 2-2) shooters, limiting them to 28.6 percent shooting and 13 percent from three-point range.

It was just another day at the office for Brown, who anchors the nation’s most productive offense and leads the country in field goal percentage (73.1). Brown was 6 of 10 from the field and made all 10 of her free throws.

Because of her continued success scoring the ball, she was ready for any double-teams or defensive tricks Kansas was going to throw at her.

“I know I’m going to get double-teamed, sometimes triple-teamed, so I guess I’m kind of getting used to it now,” Brown said.

Christalah Lyons led Kansas with 14 points and Brianna Osorio had 12. Scoring leader Kylee Kopatich was held to seven.

The Bears held a distinct advantage in the paint, both in terms of production and pure size. They outrebounded the Jayhawks 50-35, and registered 10 blocks to Kansas’ two.

No matter what the Jayhawks did, they seemingly couldn’t find a way to gain an edge on either end. However, that didn’t come as a surprise to coach Brandon Schneider.

“We knew it was going to be tough sledding around the rim, obviously with their size and rim protection,” Schneider said.

Baylor has eight consecutive victories over Kansas, dating to the 2013-14 season when the Jayhawks pulled off a 76-60 upset.

UP NEXT

Baylor will have an eight-day break before hitting the road again to face Oklahoma.

KU will host No. 12 West Virginia on Wednesday.

BAYLOR (14-1)

Cohen 5-9 5-7 15, Cox 4-9 3-4 11, Brown 6-10 10-10 22, Chou 3-10 3-3 10, Wallace 4-7 2-2 11, Landrum 3-10 0-0 8, Morris 1-2 0-0 2, Richards 1-4 2-6 4, Ursin 0-1 0-0 0, Totals 27-62 25-32 83.

KANSAS (11-4)

Richardson 3-6 0-0 8, Helgren 1-1 0-0 2, Kopatich 2-15 1-2 6, Lyons 6-13 3-5 15, Osorio 5-9 2-4 12, Cheadle 0-7 1-3 1, Johnson 1-3 0-0 2, Wilson 0-5 0-0 0, Boric 0-1 0-0 0, Lott 0-1 2-2 2, Benoit 0-0 0-0 0, Watts 0-2 0-2 0, Totals 18-63 9-18 48.

Baylor25212017—83

Kansas159177—48

3-Point Goals — Baylor 4-20 (Cox 0-1, Chou 1-7, Wallace 1-3, Landrum 2-8, Ursin 0-1), Kansas 3-23 (Richardson 2-3, Kopatich 1-9, Lyons 0-1, Osorio 0-3, Cheadle 0-4, Wilson 0-2, Watts 0-1). Assists — Baylor 15 (Wallace 5), Kansas 7 (Kopatich 3). Fouled Out — None. Rebounds — Baylor 50 (Cox 10), Kansas 35 (Lott 8). Total Fouls — Baylor 21, Kansas 25. A — 2,216.

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