Lady Bears roar past South Carolina, 94-69

Baylor forward Lauren Cox (15) reacts after a made 3-point basket against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the second half at Ferrell Center.Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor forward Lauren Cox sparked key first-half run.

Baylor surged at the end of the first quarter and never looked back as it claimed a 94-69 victory over No. 18 South Carolina on Sunday night at Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, South Carolina.

Lady Bear forward Aquira DeCosta made a layup on a crisp pass from Lauren Cox and Kalani Brown followed with an inside basket off a pass from Chloe Jackson on back-to-back trips down the floor — two key baskets on a 16-4 run in the final 4:08 of the first quarter.

Moon Ursin hit a 3-pointer and Jackson and DiDi Richards each made layups to finish the run and put Baylor ahead 32-13 going into the second quarter.

But Baylor didn’t stop after the opening period. Honesty Scott-Grayson hit a jumper to cap an 8-0 run and extend Baylor’s lead 40-13 with 7:14 remaining before halftime.

South Carolina never got back within 19 points of the No. 4 Lady Bears (7-0). Baylor’s win on the Gamecocks’ home floor dropped South Carolina to 4-4 with losses to Maryland and Oregon State, both of whom were ranked No. 9 when they defeated South Carolina, Drake and now Baylor.

Brown scored 22 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Lady Bears. Jackson scored 19 points and dished out 7 assists, and Juicy Landrum added 15 points after hitting 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. Cox filled up the stat sheet as she finished with 10 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks.

Baylor outrebounded the Gamecocks, 42-39, and held South Carolina to 34.8-percent shooting.

Baylor notched its second win over a ranked opponent this season. The Lady Bears knocked off No. 23 Arizona State on a neutral court I Arizona in November.

Baylor has the week off for final exams and then its season continues with a home game against Morehead State on Dec. 12, then a trip to play No. 8 Stanford on the Cardinal’s home court on Dec. 15.

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