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AAA  Nov. 10, 2017 11:20 PM ET
Brown's big night helps No. 3 Baylor rout Lamar 121-62
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Baylor center Kalani Brown (21) grabs the rebound against Lamar forward Kyla Green (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday. Nov. 10, 2017, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson)
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(AP) — Kalani Brown scored 26 points and had 21 rebounds to lead No. 3 Baylor to a 121-62 rout of Lamar on Friday night in the season opener.

Brown, the 6-foot-7 preseason Big 12 Player of the Year, had no problem with Lamar's much smaller inside players — none taller than 6-2. Baylor controlled inside, outscoring Lamar in the paint, 68-12. The Lady Bears also outrebounded Lamar, 62-29, and blocked eight shots.

Natalie Chou added 20 points and nine rebounds, Dekeiya Cohen had 16 points. Kristy Wallace scored 15 and Alexis Morris scored 12 for Baylor.

Chastadie Barrs scored 14 and Jaelyn Pimentel had 10 points for Lamar (0-1).

Lamar took an early lead, 10-7, but Baylor pulled away with a 25-2 run that left the Lady Bears up 34-12 with 1:48 left in the first quarter.

Baylor shot 63 percent (44-of-70) from the field and was 8-for-12 on its 3 point attempts.

BIG PICTURE

All five Baylor starters scored in double figures. The Lady Bears have 10 players on their roster, and they all saw action. Nine of them scored.

Lamar was picked to win the Southland Conference in a preseason poll of the league's coaches and sports information director. Three Cardinals were named preseason all-conference.

FRESHMAN STANDOUT

Baylor freshman Alexis Morris came off the bench to score 12 points and made eight of 10 free throw attempts. She also contributed four assists and a rebound in 24 minutes.

LETDOWN

Freshman guard, Jaelyn Pimentel, Lamar's only underclassman to start the game, picked up her fourth foul with 4:05 left in the second quarter. She left the game with 10 points, and was the only Cardinal in double figures in the first half. She played 13 minutes in the second half and scored just two more points.

UP NEXT

Baylor: plays the second of three games in five days when the Bears host Coppin State on Sunday.

Lamar: hosts Louisiana College, from the American Southwest Conference, on Monday.

Associated Press
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