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No. 6 Baylor’s dominance inside overwhelms TCU

Baylor guard Niya Johnson, front left, and TCU center Jordan Moore, front right, reach for the loose ball in the first half Saturday in Waco.
Baylor guard Niya Johnson, front left, and TCU center Jordan Moore, front right, reach for the loose ball in the first half Saturday in Waco. AP

The TCU women’s basketball team did a good job eliminating Baylor All-American Nina Davis on the offensive end of the court.

However, with the mismatches between the two programs in the post, No. 6 Baylor didn’t need its All-American to secure a dominating 72-55 win over the Horned Frogs on Saturday at the Ferrell Center.

Baylor (16-1, 3-1 Big 12) scored 52 of its 72 points in the paint with 6-foot-4 freshman post Beatrice Mompremier scoring a career-high-tying 18 points.

Their guards can take really whatever shot they want because they know their bigs are underneath ... .

TCU coach Raegan Pebley, on Baylor’s inside players

Kalani Brown, a 6-foot-7 freshman post, scored 15 points in an effort sparked by a meeting with Baylor coach Kim Mulkey after the Lady Bears’ 52-45 loss at Oklahoma State on Dec. 30.

Baylor dominated the boards 42-29 and first pulled away in the second quarter after a 20-6 run sparked by an 11-0 rebounding advantage that spanned five minutes between the first and second quarters.

“What I think Baylor’s bigs do is build their guards’ confidence,” TCU coach Raegan Pebley said. “Their guards can take really whatever shot they want because they know their bigs are underneath to try and get some offensive rebounds and get themselves to the foul line.”

26 Baylor points off second chances, thanks to 14 offensive rebounds.

Eighteen Lady Bears points came off second chances, thanks to 14 offensive rebounds. Baylor has yet to be outrebounded this season.

TCU (10-5, 2-2) opened the game on an 8-2 run, leading by six midway through the first quarter.

By halftime, Baylor had a 26-11 advantage in rebounds and led 35-27.

Led by senior Zahna Medley’s 4-for-7 clip from behind the arc, TCU finished shooting 36.4 percent from 3-point range against the best statistical 3-point defense in the conference.

Medley led TCU in scoring with 16 points, followed closely by AJ Alix with 15 points, who shot 4-for-8 from 3-point range.

The Frogs, however, shot only 33 percent from the field (16 of 48), six baskets coming late in the game as Mulkey began to substitute the depth of her bench. Baylor led by as much as 25.

33.3 Percent shooting from the field for TCU, hitting only 16 of 48 attempts

“You can’t just be willing to shoot quickly all the time against Baylor,” Pebley said. “You have to work for the best shot, not just a shot. Their bigs do a great job contesting shots inside. They don’t give you many second-chance opportunities because of their rebounding.”

Freshman post Jordan Moore played 17 of her best minutes this season against the Big 12’s deepest unit of posts, recording 11 points, five rebounds and two blocks. Fatigue and physicality are the two biggest hurdles she faces in her young career, Pebley said.

Our team is a process. We’re going to be more focused on our process than our outcome because that’s what we’re about. We’re going to continue to grow.

Raegan Pebley

“A player like Jordan Moore is a freshman and she has to learn through the most expensive kind of experience and that’s going through it yourself,” Pebley said. “Jordan took steps forward and that’s what we need to see out of a freshman post player is that you just keep building, adding to your game.”

TCU has some relief Wednesday after losses this past week to No. 17 Oklahoma and the Bears, playing a Texas Tech team it already beat in Lubbock. But holding onto the lessons from a difficult loss is a part of Pebley’s system at TCU.

“Our team is a process,” she said. “We’re going to be more focused on our process than our outcome because that’s what we’re about. We’re going to continue to grow.”

Travis L. Brown: tbrown7137@gmail.com, @Travis_L_Brown.

No. 6 BAYLOR 72, TCU 55

TCU

Min

FGM-A

FTM-A

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Diaz

15

1-1

0-0

0-1

0

3

2

Moore

17

3-4

5-8

2-5

0

2

11

Hamilton

32

1-7

0-0

0-2

3

1

2

Medley

34

5-9

2-2

0-0

1

0

16

Alix

32

5-13

1-3

1-5

6

0

15

Thompson

24

0-7

3-4

0-3

1

1

3

Butts

18

0-3

3-4

2-3

1

3

3

Coleman

4

0-2

0-0

0-1

0

0

0

Hives-McCray

12

1-2

1-1

1-2

0

4

3

Willie

12

0-0

0-0

0-2

0

4

0

Totals

200

16-48

15-22

8-29

12

18

55

Percentages: FG .333, FT .682. 3-Point Goals: 8-22, .364 (Medley 4-7, Alix 4-8, Coleman 0-1, Hamilton 0-1, Butts 0-1, Thompson 0-4). Team Rebounds: 5. Blocked Shots: 4 (Moore 2, Medley, Willie). Turnovers: 21 (Medley 4, Alix 4, Thompson 3, Hamilton 3, Moore 3, Diaz 2, Hives-McCray, Butts). Steals: 10 (Alix 3, Moore 3, Thompson 2, Hamilton, Willie). Technical Fouls: None.

BAYLOR

Min

FGM-A

FTM-A

OR-TR

A

PF

PT

Davis

25

1-6

0-0

0-4

2

2

2

Mompremier

21

8-10

2-13

4-5

1

2

18

Johnson

29

3-3

0-0

1-4

8

2

6

Wallace

32

4-9

1-1

0-3

7

2

11

Jones

36

5-15

0-0

1-7

6

2

10

Cohen

3

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Fuqua’

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Szczepanski

4

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

3

0

Prince

10

1-1

0-0

1-2

1

1

2

Brown

14

7-8

1-2

2-6

0

4

15

Dry

4

0-1

0-0

0-0

0

0

0

Higgins

4

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

1

0

Cave

17

3-7

2-2

4-8

0

1

8

Totals

200

32-60

6-18

14-42

25

20

72

Percentages: FG .533, FT .333. 3-Point Goals: 2-11, .182 (Wallace 2-5, Jones 0-6). Team Rebounds: 3. Blocked Shots: 8 (Mompremier 3, Cave 2, Brown, Prince, Davis). Turnovers: 17 (Wallace 3, Jones 3, Mompremier 3, Prince 2, Johnson 2, Dry, Davis, Fuqua’, Cave). Steals: 11 (Jones 4, Johnson 3, Wallace 2, Davis, Cave). Technical Fouls: None.

TCU

17

10

15

13

55

Baylor

18

17

23

14

72

A—7,081. Officials—Beverly Roberts, Mark Zentz, Laura Morris.

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