WACO, Texas-- Eighth-ranked Baylor stemmed the tide of an early North Dakota rush and flexed its muscle over the final three quarters en route to a 105-43 win Tuesday evening at the Farrell Center in non-conference action. Five Lady Bears were in double figures as Baylor extended its home non-conference winning streak to 182 straight over unranked teams, dating back to 2003.
Junior Fallyn Freije paced North Dakota with 13 points, 11 of those coming in the opening minutes of the game as the Fighting Hawks dictated play in the first quarter. UND led by as many as four at 13-9 with six minutes and change left in the opening frame. From there, however, the national power Bears-- who have advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in seven of the last eight seasons-- controlled play and out-scored UND, 48-9, the rest of the half to run out to the big lead.
"When we scheduled this game, I knew that it would be a very stiff challenge but I scheduled it because I wanted my team to know there is more to improve upon," UND head coach Travis Brewster said. "But the heart of this team is still strong. There's a time and place for everything and this was the right time and place to play this game because we improved, I'm definitely not happy about the outcome but they are number eight in the country for a reason.
"Success is a long road that can be painful sometimes. I was very encouraged how we started the game and encouraged by where we can go from here."
Baylor (8-1) won the tip and immediately scored five quick points by Kalani Brown to get out to a 5-0 advantage. But, Freije tripled then Bailey Strand knocked one down from deep and Freije had 10 of UND's first 13 points. The Fighting Hawks (4-3) were in front, 13-9, with 6:34 left in the first quarter, one that Baylor normally dominates opponents.
With just over three minutes remaining in the quarter, Freije split a pair at the free throw line to tie the score at 17. But, that would be the final points in the frame for North Dakota as BU ended the quarter with 10 consecutive points. Baylor would then put the game away with a 30-5 second quarter, holding UND to just one field goal in that 10 minutes to lead 57-22 at the break.
BU continued to use its height advantage to the tune of 66-14 in points in the paint. The Lady Bears also scored 31 points off 21 North Dakota turnovers as Baylor was able to convert miscues into fastbreak opportunities.
Natalie Chou recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds for Baylor. Lauren Cox and Alexis Morris each had 15 points while Dekeiya Cohen added 13. Kristy Wallace had nine points and eight assists for BU.
Melissa Dailey had nine points for North Dakota. Lexi Klabo failed to score in double figures for the first time this season, tallying five points while chipping in eight rebounds.
Baylor scored in triple figures for the third time this season and is averaging out-scoring its opponents by 39 points in its eight wins. Kalani Brown led the Bears with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting.
North Dakota will open a three-game homestand Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. game against in-state rival North Dakota State.
Notes: Melissa Leet had three rebounds and a pair of blocked shots, both career bests ... North Dakota falls to 0-7 against ranked opponents in its NCAA Division I era ... UND is 8-4 in the state of Texas in the Division I era.