WACO, Texas — Kansas needed to play a near-perfect game to have a chance at beating Baylor. With the Jayhawks only getting two points out of Angel Goodrich, they had no shot.
Goodrich was held to just two points in top-ranked Baylor’s 86-45 win over Kansas on Wednesday night.
She came into the game averaging 14 points. She hit the team’s first basket but then missed her eight other field goal attempts and was 0-for-6 from behind the 3-point line.
Kansas’ other offensive threat, Carolyn Davis, had been second in the conference in field goal percentage but made just three of her 12 field goal attempts and finished with six points, four of those in the second half. She had been scoring nearly 16 points a game.
“I think Odyssey is one of the best perimeter on-ball defenders in the country,” Henrickson said. “She gets into Angel, and Angel got sped up a little bit. We’re a team that’s kind of built to play in the paint and that’s difficult to do against these guys with that kind of size. Angel (likes to) drive and finish at the rim and Carolyn is a low post, so it’s who she’s had to be against with these guys the last couple of years.
“We could have had her one-on-one on the block. We’re not going to post Carolyn under the rim and have Brittney add to her blocked-shot list. We have no intention of doing that.”
Griner has 678 blocks in her Baylor career, an NCAA record for men or women.
“They would drive in and kick it when they saw me come to help. So, not too much going in when I was in there,” Griner said. “When I came out, they started going in a little bit more. But I didn’t really see them coming into the paint too much.”
Griner, who is also the Big 12 Conference’s all-time leading scorer, had 19 points in the first half. She finished the game with 26 points and 13 rebounds. The 6-foot-8 senior moved into 10th all-time on the Division I scoring list passing Penn State great Kelly Mazzante. Griner has 2,929 points in her career.