Jones perfect for No. 4 Baylor in 87-52 win over K-State
WACO, Texas (AP) Alexis Jones had a perfect night shooting and then got to sit back and watch the fourth quarter with other Baylor starters.
Jones was 5-of-5 shooting with three 3-pointers and Niya Johnson had eight points with 13 assists - both without playing the final 10 minutes - as the No. 4 Lady Bears stretched their winning streak to nine games with an 87-52 victory over Kansas State on Wednesday night.
''She just got open looks, especially in the full court. We would throw it up there to her and she'd shoot a 3,'' coach Kim Mulkey said of Jones. ''She was feeling it, and she was letting it fly.''
The break for the starters extended into postgame, when Mulkey brought with her for interviews only two backup players who played primarily in the fourth quarter.
The Lady Bears (22-1, 9-1 Big 12) scored the game's first six points and never trailed.
''We were clearly beaten tonight by a very talented Baylor team,'' K-State coach Jeff Mittie said. ''They played in some areas as well as we had seen them.''
Khadijiah Cave had 16 points and Kristy Wallace, the only Baylor starter who saw any action in the fourth quarter, scored 10.
Kindred Wesemann scored 15 points and Breanna Lewis had for Kansas State (14-7, 4-6).
After jumping out to 17-8 lead through the first quarter, Baylor opened the second with a 9-0 run over a 97-second span. Jones had an assist and two free throws before her spurt-ending 3-pointer on a pass from Johnson that led to a Kansas State timeout.
Lewis responded with a layup, but the Lady Bears then scored 13 straight points when Johnson had three of her assists, including on the first of back-to-back 3s by Jones.
''Johnson's a player that probably doesn't get enough credit. She's light years ahead of the players on the floor in understanding where the ball needs to get to,'' Mittie said. ''Jones has a great night because she's a very talented player, but Johnson gets her the ball and delivers it. I think she's very good.''
Another of Jones' baskets was a long jumper when her toe was barely touching the line. The former Duke transfer, who had to sit out last season, also made her only two free throws in her 18th double-figure scoring game at Baylor, plus six assists and four rebounds.
3 FOR 3 NOT ENOUGH: Baylor led 44-19 by halftime, even after Wesemann had three consecutive 3s in a span of just 1:43 for the Wildcats. Baylor then made 12 of 15 field goals during a 31-point outburst in the third quarter.
CHAMEKA'S CANCER: Baylor players wore T-shirts that read ''Sic Cancer'' on the front to honor former player Chameka Scott, and on the back had her first name scripted over No. 21. That was her jersey number when she started for the Lady Bears' 2005 national championship team. Scott attended the game with her mother and was recognized near midcourt by coach Kim Mulkey before tipoff. Tests in December revealed that Scott was cancer free after a lengthy treatment for colon cancer.
Kansas State: It was not the most lopsided loss of the season for the Wildcats, who fell 97-57 at No. 1 UConn in their fourth game this season. ... Kansas State had a four-game winning streak in the Big 12 before losing consecutive games to the league's co-leaders, Texas and Baylor.
Baylor: Johnson has 207 assists this season. She is the Big 12 career leader with 874, and last season set a Big 12 record with 322. ... The Lady Bears are 14-0 at home this season. ... Baylor has won 162 consecutive home games against unranked opponents since losing to Auburn in the WNIT final at the end of the 2002-03 season.
Kansas State at West Virginia on Saturday.
Baylor hosts Kansas on Saturday.