No. 21 Baylor women roll past Houston Christian 79-35

Dec 4, 2022, 12:11 AM | Updated: 3:09 pm
Baylor's guard/forward Bella Fontleroy, right, pulls down a loose rebound over Houston's Elizabeth ...

Baylor's guard/forward Bella Fontleroy, right, pulls down a loose rebound over Houston's Elizabeth Matadi, left, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Waco, Texas. (Rod Aydelotte//Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)

(Rod Aydelotte//Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)

              Baylor's Ja'Mee Asberry shoots over Abbey Sutherland, left, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Waco, Texas. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
            
              Houston's Enya Maguire attempts a shot over Baylor's Ja'Mee Asberry in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Waco, Texas. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
            
              Houston's Marilyn Nzoiwu watches a loose ball while defending against Baylor's guard/forward Bella Fontleroy in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Waco, Texas. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
            
              Houston's Kennedy Wilson, right, is fouled by Baylor's Caitlin Bickle, left, while attempting a shot in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Waco, Texas. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)
            
              Baylor's guard/forward Bella Fontleroy, right, pulls down a loose rebound over Houston's Elizabeth Matadi, left, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022, in Waco, Texas. (Rod Aydelotte//Waco Tribune-Herald via AP)

WACO, Texas (AP) — Freshman guard Bella Fontleroy came off the bench to score 17 points and grab 11 rebounds and No. 21 Baylor romped to a 79-35 victory over Houston Christian on Sunday.

Fontleroy sank 6 of 10 shots with three 3-pointers for the Lady Bears (6-2) and notched her first double-double. Jaden Owens added 14 points and six assists. Kendra Gillispie scored 10 on 5-of-6 shooting.

Marilyn Nzoiwu was the lone bright spot for the Huskies (3-4). She finished with 13 points and five rebounds, sinking 6 of 9 shots from the floor. Her teammates made 8 of 40 shots, including 2 of 15 from beyond the arc.

Baylor shot 45.2% in the first half and missed 9 of 11 shots from 3-point range but still took a 36-13 lead into intermission.

Owens scored nine points in the third quarter as Baylor opened up a 57-22 lead.

The Lady Bears played a fifth straight game without injured leading scorer Aijha Blackwell.

Baylor has been in the AP Top 25 for 358 straight weeks, second only to Connecticut’s 547-week run.

The Lady Bears are 4-0 all time against Houston Christian — formerly known as Houston Baptist. All four wins have come on Baylor’s home floor.

Baylor hosts UT Arlington on Wednesday.

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