The most lopsided game in NCAA Tournament history occurred Saturday night, and it didn’t involve the UConn Huskies.
The Baylor women’s basketball team defeated Texas Southern 119-30, which not only set the record for the most lopsided women’s NCAA Tournament game ever, but also the Lady Bears 119 points were the most ever in regulation of a tournament game.
“That work we’ve put in since the tournament championship game, I think you saw it today,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “You saw post players feeding each other better than they have all year. I think you saw production from people immediately when they came in the game,” she said. “It’s just been an emphasis to continue to work on your defense.”
The 89-point margin shattered the previous record 74-point win by Tennessee over North Carolina A&T (111-37) in 1994. Baylor’s 119 points was the third most in tournament history and the most in regulation, surpassing the 116, first set by Ohio State in 1998 and twice matched by UConn, including earlier by the Huskies on Saturday.
Baylor was coming off its first Big 12 tournament loss in seven years, when the Lady Bears fell to West Virginia.
Beatrice Mompremier had 22 points with 11 rebounds, Kalani Brown scored 21 points and freshman post Lauren Cox had 17 points
The Lady Bears jumped out to a 22-0 lead after Alexis Jones, on her first shot in her first game since Feb. 20, hit a 3-pointer just more than six minutes into the game.
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“Definitely, it’s an honor,” Brown said of the record-setting victory. “We all worked hard. It was a team effort. Everyone contributed.”
Baylor will now host California Monday night as the Lady Bears will attempt to get to their ninth consecutive Sweet 16.