The Lady Bears STILL have not lost consecutive games since 2015.
After a frustrating outing in Arkansas, and a first half to forget, Baylor sprinted away from West Virginia on Thursday night to open Big 12 conference play with a win.
Grad transfer Dijonai Carrington lead all scorers with 19 (paired with 5 offensive rebounds), and helped open up the Baylor offense in the second half with three 3-pointers in the 3rd quarter.
Moon Ursin kept the Lady Bears alive in the first half through some defensive struggles and offensive... confusion. She scored 9, while also adding 8 rebounds (team high), 2 blocks (?!?!) and a steal. Stat sheet stuffer.
The shooting struggles Baylor has exhibited prior to Thursday were... less apparent. The Lady Bears ended at 40% from deep. A very welcome improvement. Coach Mulkey summed it up perfectly post-game, “You become a much more confident team when you hit perimeter shots”.
I’m not sure yet what sparked it, but the story of the second half was the defense. West Virginia was held to 5-27 shooting in the second half. That’s less than 20%. Story of the game.
19 turnovers won’t continue to get it done for the Bears, but it was enough tonight. Bears return to action Monday vs. Texas Tech in Waco.