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No. 8 Baylor women roll to 105-43 win over North Dakota

Baylor forward Lauren Cox, left, pulls down a loose ball over North Dakota Akealy Moton, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Waco, Texas. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune Herald, via AP)

Kalani Brown scored 21 points in 12 minutes to lead five players in double figures for No. 8 Baylor in a 105-43 victory over North Dakota on Tuesday night.

Lauren Cox added 15 points for the Lady Bears (8-1). Natalie Chou had 13 points and 10 rebounds for her first career double-double.

Fallyn Freije scored 11 points of her 13 points during a first quarter in which North Dakota (4-3) led by as many as four. But Baylor responded with a 10-0 run to end the first quarter with a 27-17 lead, then outscored North Dakota 30-5 in the second.

Freshman Alexis Morris had 15 points and Dekeiya Cohen finished with 10 for Baylor. Kristy Wallace had eight assists, running her total to 15 in the last two games without a turnover.

The Fighting Hawks made their first three shots but added only three more field goals for the remainder of the first half to go 6-for-27 (22 percent). They finished 15 for 56 overall (27 percent) and 4 for 24 from 3-point range (17 percent).

BIG PICTURE

North Dakota: A November trip to Texas was successful for the Fighting Hawks, as they posted wins over Lamar and Texas-San Antonio. This was a massive step up in competition, and they struggled to find quality shots and keep Baylor out of transition. They were outscored 60-10 in the paint, and Baylor turned their 21 turnovers into 31 points.

Baylor: This was an opportunity for the Lady Bears to get everyone some playing time before an extended layoff, and they took advantage. All 10 of their players received double-digit minutes, and no starter logged more than Chou's 25. Despite the constant changes, the Lady Bears had 25 assists and seven turnovers.

UP NEXT

North Dakota will begin a three-game homestand when it meets North Dakota State on Saturday.

Baylor will take a week off before hosting McNeese State on Dec. 13.

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