No. 3 Baylor posts biggest rout
WACO, Texas — No matter how many substitutions Baylor coach Kim Mulkey made, the lead kept growing.
When the game was over, the only thing left to do was count the records.
In the biggest Division I women's basketball rout ever, No. 3 Baylor overwhelmed Winthrop 140-32 Thursday.
"I tried and played tons of people, in and out of the lineup, called timeouts, trying to get people off the floor," Mulkey said.
The Lady Bears (11-1) scored the first 21 points, led 77-18 at halftime and shut out Winthrop 29-0 in the fourth quarter.
When they shook hands at the end, Eagles coach Kevin Cook told Mulkey he appreciated her efforts.
"I am most grateful that coach Cook recognized that. Kevin said thank you," she said. "I tried everything I knew to try, because I respect him. But more importantly, I respect the game."
The 108-point margin of victory surpassed the 102 set by Grambling when it beat Jarvis Christian College 139-37 in 1986.
"What do you say after a game like that?" Cook said. "Baylor has a phenomenal program, Kim is an outstanding coach, she's surrounded herself with an excellent staff."
"We've played some highly ranked teams this season. And by far, Baylor is right at the top. You saw the game, you see the stats. They hurt us inside, they hurt us with 3-pointers. They're awfully good," he said.
Mulkey began rotating her players in and out early in the first quarter. No one was on the court for more than 21 minutes and all 12 players got double-figure minutes.
Baylor leading scorer Alexis Jones, who's had knee trouble, sat out for the second straight game to rest. Khadijiah Cave finished with a career-high 25 points.
The much taller Lady Bears matched their opening burst with a 21-0 run to start the second quarter.
Winthrop (1-9) shot 0 for 16 in the final period and 13.6 percent overall.
"We could have beaten a lot of teams today," Mulkey said. "We were just clicking on all cylinders. As I tell them during the game, I'm not looking at the score. I am looking at your defense, I am looking at turnovers, I am looking at your execution of things."
"I was made aware after the game of all the records. You're happy for players who break records, and when you get a chance for them to stay in another minute to get another basket, you do it because it's not always going to be that way," she said.
Baylor set school single-game records for points, rebounds (75) assists (42) and blocked shots (17).
Erica Williams led Winthrop with 15 points.
Winthrop did best Baylor in one statistical category — foul shooting percentage. It made 12 of 15 while the Lady Bears were 13 of 20.
The Eagles keep attacking the basket the entire game "and that's good," Cook said. "And I thought we shot free throws pretty well. This is a young group, and we're going to continue to work with them."
Baylor's point total was the second highest in women's Division I history, topped only by the 149 scored by Long Beach State in 1987.
The biggest rout between two Division I teams in women's basketball had been in 1989 when Louisiana Tech topped Texas-Pan American 126-25.
Last month, in an exhibition game, powerful Maryland beat Division II Bluefield State 146-17.
Baylor won its previous game 90-24 over Texas State.