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AAA Nov. 14, 2017 10:00 PM ET
Cox, Brown double-doubles as No. 3 Baylor women beat UCA
By STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Basketball Writer
Baylor's Alexis Morris (11) and Natalie Chou, right, attempt to stop Central Arkansas' Kamry Orr (2) on a drive to the basket during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
WACO, Texas (AP) — Lauren Cox and Kalani Brown both had double-doubles and Baylor's other three starters also scored in double figures as the No. 3 Lady Bears beat Central Arkansas 86-55 on Tuesday night.
Natalie Chou added 11 points with all three of her 3-pointers coming at key times for the Lady Bears (3-0), who opened the season with three wins in five days.
Cox had 21 points and 10 rebounds, while Brown had 19 points with 11 rebounds for third consecutive double-double to start the season and the 15th of her career. Central Arkansas didn't have a player as tall as the 6-foot-7 Brown, or the 6-4 Cox.
Kristy Wallace added 11 points for Baylor, and Dekeiya Cohen had 10 points and eight rebounds.
Kamry Orr had 23 points for Central Arkansas (1-1) while Taylor Baudoin scored 13 points with nine rebounds. Kierra Jordan had 11 points.
Baylor took control with a 10-0 run over a span of just more than 2 minutes in the second quarter. That spurt got started when Chou made consecutive 3-pointers on assists from Brown, who finished with a game-high seven assists.
After Chou hit a 3 from the left corner with 7:58 left in the first half, she had a steal to set up the next Baylor possession. The Lady Bears made several passes, before Brown got the ball to Chou for a 3 from the right corner. They led 30-18 after a jumper by Cox and a layup by Kristy Wallace.
Chou's 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter came after Baylor went more than 5 minutes without a field goal, but still led 61-45.
Central Arkansas: The Sugar Bears are the two-time defending tournament champions in the Southland Conference. But they're just not big enough to sustain a game-long challenge against the Baylor team that has won the last seven Big 12 regular season titles and been an NCAA Elite Eight team the last four years.
Baylor: The Lady Bears were held under 100 points for the first time this season. But the outcome was never in doubt after that run in the second quarter. Three of their next six games are against Top 25 opponents, including their next two home games (No. 25 Kentucky on Nov. 30, and No. 14 Stanford on Dec. 3).
Central Arkansas goes to Alcorn State on Friday night before playing four straight home games.
Baylor's first test of the season, when the Lady Bears play at No. 8 UCLA on Saturday, then spend the Thanksgiving holidays with three games in the Bahamas.Associated Press