WACO (AP) — After a long layoff, coaches usually are concerned about their teams showing rust in the early part of their next game.

Any fears Baylor coach Kim Mulkey might have had were quickly eased Wednesday, thanks to some of her veteran players.

Kristy Wallace scored 20 points and No. 6 Baylor opened on a 27-3 run to rout McNeese State 95-34.

Kalani Brown had 17 points and 16 rebounds, and Didi Richards added 11 points and 12 rebounds for her first career double-double with the Lady Bears (9-1), who were playing their first game in eight days. Baylor shot 44 percent (36 of 80), including 39 percent from 3-point range (9 of 23).

"I felt like I needed to crash the boards because I've been getting yelled at about not rebounding the last couple of games," Richards said.

Natalie Chou scored 17 points, Juicy Landrum added 10 and Wallace had five assists to bring her total over the last three games to 20 with only one turnover. Moon Ursin grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds.

Lauren Cox sprained her ankle late in the first quarter and did not return. An X-ray was negative, but she will have an MRI to determine the extent of the injury.


AUSTIN (AP) — Ariel Atkins had 13 points, seven rebounds and three steals in only 21 minutes and No. 8 Texas beat Northwestern State 68-44 on Wednesday night.

The senior guard converted all six of her shots from the field for the Longhorns (8-1). Center Jatarie White added 15 points in 19 minutes, and Jada Underwood had 11 points.

Freshman Jha'ne Wheeler led Northwestern State with a season-best 15 points. Wheeler had four 3-point baskets after hitting six in eight games before facing Texas. Nautica Grant scored 10 points.

Texas played without guard Brooke McCarty, the reigning Big 12 player of the year and the Longhorns' second-leading scorer behind Atkins. McCarty suffered a left hip injury during a loss at Tennessee on Sunday. Her status is listed as day-to-day.

Northwestern State (4-5) was without starting guard Jasmyn Johnson. She's under concussion protocol.



COLLEGE STATION (AP) — Texas A&M was bigger, stronger and deeper than Savannah State, so the ninth-ranked Aggies' inside dominance came as no surprise.

A&M also beat the Tigers at the outside shooting on which Savannah State relies, and that combination produced a 113-66 blowout Wednesday night.

The Aggies (9-1) broke the school record with 16 3-pointers and scored their most points in nearly 30 years, out-shooting the team that leads the NCAA in 3-point attempts per game. A&M set school marks for 3-pointers made and attempted (38), topping the mark of 14 3s against Southeastern Louisiana in 2015 and 33 attempts against Cal Poly, also in 2015.

It was the most points by the Aggies since a 114-90 victory over Florida International in 1989.

"They really packed the paint," said A&M center Tyler Davis, who recorded a double-double before halftime with 11 points and 13 rebounds.


DALLAS (AP) — Jimmy Whitt scored 19 points and dished eight assists, leading five players into doublefigure scoring as Southern Methodist continued its home court dominance, turning away New Orleans, 79-66 on Wednesday night.

The victory makes the Mustangs 7-0 at home this season and pushes their home win streak to 29 games, the second-longest active streak in the nation. SMU (8-3) rebounded from a 94-83 loss at TCU, its third game against a ranked opponent this season after posting wins over then-No. 14 USC and a 66-60 win over then-No. 2 Arizona at the Battle 4 Atlantis.


OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Markel Crawford scored 16 points to lead four in double figures as Mississippi beat Sam Houston State 82-69 on Wednesday night.

The Rebels (5-4) snapped a three-game losing streak, taking a 39-33 halftime lead and stretched it by as many as 20 points midway through the second half. Devontae Shuler scored 14 points, Bruce Stevens added 13 and Deandre Burnett had 12 points in a balanced attack.

Chris Galbreath Jr. had a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds for Sam Houston State (5-5). John Dewey III and Cameron Delaney had 12 points apiece as the Bearkats finished 26 of 64 (40 percent) from the field. Dewey had 10 of the Bearkats' 19 assists.


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