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No. 7 Baylor women win by 93 again, topping McNeese

NCAA Womens Basketball: Iowa State at Baylor

Jan 28, 2020; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Lady Bears guard DiDi Richards (2) dribbles up court against the Iowa State Cyclones during the second half at Ferrell Center. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

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WACO, Texas — DiDi Richards made all six shots while scoring a season-high 14 points and the No. 7 Baylor women rolled to another easy nonconference win, beating McNeese State 117-24 on Saturday.

It was the second 93-point romp in as many days for Baylor, which beat Northwestern State 136-43 on Friday. The 253 points in the two games are a Big 12 record, and three points short of Savannah State’s NCAA mark from November 2018.

NaLyssa Smith and Queen Egbo also scored 14 points as the Lady Bears (7-1) won their nation-leading 61st consecutive home game for their third blowout victory in four days, and fourth in the past six. Baylor won the four games an average margin of 66.5 points.

Mychala Linzy scored five points for McNeese (0-7).

Richards missed the season opener after getting injured Oct. 24 in a mid-air collision with Moon Ursin during a practice scrimmage. Richards briefly lost feeling below her knees, but came back quicker than expected.

The senior guard went to the court hard in a first-half collision with McNeese’s Shaela Gardner, holding the back of her head as she walked after teammates helped her up. But Richards stayed in the game and made two free throws after officials conferred and gave Gardner a foul.

Freshman Hannah Gusters scored a season-high 17 points and Jordyn Oliver added 15 as Baylor’s top five scorers had six baskets apiece and combined to go 30 of 38 from the field to help help the Lady Bears shoot 62% from the floor after they were at 68% against Northwestern State.


McNeese State: It’s been a rough nonconference season for the Cowgirls. Other than a one-point loss to East Texas Baptist, McNeese hasn’t had a losing margin closer than 21 points. The loss to Baylor was the second by at least 50.

Baylor: After setting an NCAA record with 45 assists against Northwestern State, the Lady Bears had 33 against McNeese, giving them at least 30 in three of the past four games. Jaden Owens, a UCLA transfer in her second game after getting eligibility clearance from the NCAA, led with eight assists. Richards and Ursin had six apiece.


McNeese State plays at Louisiana-Monroe on Monday night.

Baylor players get to go home for Christmas, returning to campus Dec. 28 before visiting the Lady Frogs on Jan. 2.