WACO, Texas – Baylor coach Kim Mulkey knows the way to win a title – defense and half-court execution.
Her second-ranked Bears did both extremely well in routing No. 13 Oklahoma State 83-49 on Sunday for Baylor’s 47th straight home victory. It’s the longest active streak in the nation.
(Those) are two critical areas to win national championships, said Mulkey, who picked up her 350th career win. I’ve been fortunate to coach players who understand she’s never going to let up on the defensive end of the floor. I was taught that, I played like that. You’ve just got to make sure they understand that when you recruit them.
Brooklyn Pope scored 18 points and Brittney Griner added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears (12-1, 2-0 Big 12).
No. 3 DUKE 90, BOSTON COLLEGE 53: In Boston, Chelsea Gray had her second career triple-double, most of it in the first half as the Blue Devils coasted to victory.
Gray had 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for Duke (13-0, 3-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), the only unbeaten team in Division I.
Tricia Liston had 17 points for Duke and Richa Jackson scored 16.
Liston had 12 points during a 20-0 run that put the game away.
No. 4 STANFORD 70, UTAH 56: In Salt Lake City, Chiney Ogwumike scored 20 points, and Sara James added a career-high 18 as the Cardinal (13-1, 2-0 Pac-12) extended its conference winning streak to 80 games.
No. 6 KENTUCKY 87, ALABAMA 70: In Tuscaloosa, Ala., DeNesha Stallworth had 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Wildcats.
No. 7 CALIFORNIA 53, No. 20 COLORADO 49: In Boulder, Colo., Brittany Boyd scored 15 points as the Golden Bears withstood a late surge by the Buffaloes.
No. 8 MARYLAND 71, No. 19 FLORIDA STATE 64: In College Park, Md., Alyssa Thomas had 20 points and 15 rebounds to help the Terrapins end the Seminoles’ five-game winning streak.
No. 9 PENN STATE 76, MICHIGAN STATE 55: In East Lansing, Mich., Nikki Greene scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the Nittany Lions.
No. 12 TENNESSEE 79, No. 10 GEORGIA 66: In Knoxville, Tenn., Bashaara Graves scored a career-high 23 points as the Vols rallied from a 42-40 halftime deficit.
No. 15 NORTH CAROLINA 48, VIRGINIA TECH 45: In Chapel Hill, N.C., Xylina McDaniel and Tierra Ruffin-Pratt scored 14 points each for the Tar Heels.
No. 16 UCLA 68, OREGON STATE 64: In Corvallis, Ore., Alyssia Brewer scored 15 points on 7-of-13 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the Bruins.
No. 18 SOUTH CAROLINA 60, MISSISSIPPI STATE 46: In Starkville, Miss., Aleighsa Welch had 16 points and seven rebounds to lead the Gamecocks (13-2, 1-1 Southeastern Conference).
No. 24 TEXAS A&M 63, No. 23 ARKANSAS 51: In Fayetteville, Ark., Courtney Williams scored 16 points to lead four Aggies players in double figures in the win.
INDIANA 68, NORTHWESTERN 64: In Bloomington, Aulani Sinclair dropped two free throws with eight seconds remaining to secure the Hoosiers’ victory. Sinclair led Indiana (10-5, 1-1 Big Ten) with 31 points. Jasmine McGhee added 14 points for IU.