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Baylor Lady Bears Close Out NCAA First Round With 50 Point Margin of Victory Over the Grambling Tigers

It was over when . . . and up next, Michigan.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Big 12 Conference Tournament - Championship Game Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

This game was over before it even started. The exact point of the Tigers demise happened at some point between when Shakyla Hill sank the game sealing free throw against the Southern Jaguars in the Southwest Athletic Conference tournament and when the NCAA selection committee paired Baylor with Grambling in the Lexington Region.

When you compare Baylor’s Lady Bear basketball team to the Grambling Tigers you’ve got to wonder if perhaps the Tigers got rained on during their trip to Waco because they must have shrunk. The undersized yet feisty Tigers were no match for Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey’s “bigs” and the stifling Lady Bear defense. While holding the Tigers to 25.4% shooting the Lady Bears blocked 11 shots and pulled down 37 defensive rebounds. The total rebounding margin was Baylor 60 rebounds to Grambling’s 26 rebounds.

Both Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox had double doubles with Lauren Cox posting a career high 30 points.

By the end of the 1st quarter the Lady Bears were up 27-6 and it really didn’t get much better for the Tigers after that, the final score being Baylor 96 - 46 Grambling.

The Grambling band was everything that Coach Mulkey led us to believe and I do think that both teams and the fans had tons of fun despite the rout. Even the ESPN TV crew took to dancing with the Gambling band during the breaks. Everything a college basketball game should be where even the managers get to play. Even my prediction for Baylor’s final score was only four points off. Gonna have to talk to those managers about those missed shots.

Sic ‘em Bears!

No. 2 WBB Cruises into NCAA Second Round - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, As much as the Grambling Lady Tigers talked about playing against height, they hadn't played against this height.

Lady Bears cruise past Grambling State 96-46 | The Baylor Lariat, Baylor overwhelmed the visiting Lady Tigers with its length and size in the post and its athleticism and ability to defend on the perimeter.

Six feet-four-inch sophomore post Lauren Cox and six-feet-seven-inch junior center Kalani Brown were simply too much for a smaller Grambling State team to handle.

Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey said her post players are unique and special talents that create issues for everyone in the country with their skill sets.

“Those two kids, Cox and Brown, they’re a special talent,” Mulkey said. “There’s a difference between playing against height and playing against talented height. I don’t’ know if there many girls in the country that are 6’7 and can play as well as Kalani and then you look at what Cox brings to the table. You have to guard her on the perimeter. She can shoot the three and that just helps Kalani one on one in the paint. Those kids are a special duo and I get to be the lucky one to coach them.”

Lady Bears take Tigers by the tail in tourney opener, The Eagle, Lauren Cox was on fire. Whether it be from her favorite spot at the top of the key for the 3-ball, or inside the paint with the occasional put-back bucket

Grambling's run ends in Waco, KTBS, The Grambling State University women’s basketball team saw its magical season come to an end on Friday night as the Lady Tigers went the first six-plus minutes without a field . . .

Cox’s big game lifts Baylor to 96-46 rout of Grambling State, AP via FoxSports, Lauren Cox entered Baylor last season as the nation's top recruit, then had to scratch and claw for playing time on a deep team as a freshman.

Baylor mauls overmatched Grambling, GwinnettPrepSports, Sophomore forward Lauren Cox scored a career-high 30 points and snared 17 rebounds -- two short of her career high -- as second-seed Baylor jumped out to a 17-1 lead.

Up Next is Michigan

Lefties Brown, Thome ready to clash; Chou gets in the game; Flaherty’s flashy play, TheEagle, Lefty on lefty . . .

Michigan women's basketball cruises past Northern Colorado, 75-61, DetroitFreePress, Hallie Thome scored 24 points and Katelynn Flaherty added 20 points for Michigan in the first round of the NCAA women's tournament

Michigan women impressive in win over Northern Colorado, DetroitNews, Michigan’s roster full of NCAA Tournament rookies handled the big stage like seasoned veterans.

Wolverines dominate Bears in first round of NCAA Tournament, MichiganDaily, Thanks to 20-plus points from both Katelynn Flaherty and Hallie Thome, Michigan dominated Northern Colorado.

Michigan women down Northern Colorado 75-61, advance to NCAA Tournament 2nd round, MLive, Michigan's Katelynn Flaherty and Hallie Thome combined for 44 points to lead the team to a 75-61 win on Friday.