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USF women test defending national champion Baylor

Poor shooting ultimately dooms the No. 22 Bulls, who were within a point midway through the third quarter.
USF center Shae Leverett, right, reaches for a loose ball with Baylor guard DiDi Richards, left, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 58-46.
USF center Shae Leverett, right, reaches for a loose ball with Baylor guard DiDi Richards, left, in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 58-46. [ ROD AYDELOTTE | AP ]
Published Nov. 20, 2019

WACO, Texas — Queen Egbo had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Nalyssa Smith added 12 points and No. 2 Baylor survived its first true test this season. The defending national champion Lady Bears finally pulled away late in a 58-46 win over No. 22 USF on Tuesday night.

After winning their first three games by an average margin of nearly 71 points, the Lady Bears (4-0) had only a one-point lead midway through the third quarter.

Egbo made her second start in place of preseason Assoicated Press All-America post Lauren Cox, who is out with a right foot injury. There is no timetable for the return of the 6-foot-4 senior.

Bethy Mununga led USF (4-1) with her fourth double double this season, scoring 16 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Elisa Pinzan scored 14 points with four 3-pointers.

Te’a Cooper also had 12 points for the Lady Bears and Juicy Landrum had 10, including their only 3-pointer with just over a minute left in the game.

USF tied the score at 15-15 early in the second quarter before Baylor scored 10 in a row, including five by Cooper.

Baylor forward NaLyssa Smith, right, looks to the basket over USF forward Bethy Mununga, left, in the first half.
Baylor forward NaLyssa Smith, right, looks to the basket over USF forward Bethy Mununga, left, in the first half. [ ROD AYDELOTTE | AP ]

Big picture

USF: The Bulls faced their second ranked Big 12 opponent this year, having defeated then-No. 15 Texas 64-57 on Nov. 8. ... Enna Pehadzic, who came into the game with a team-high 15.1 points a game, was limited to only three points on 1-of-10 shooting.

Baylor: The Lady Bears have a 33-game win streak, plus have won 43 in a row at home overall and 53 consecutive non-conference games at home. ... The Bulls defense proved to be a challenge Baylor, which turned the ball over 18 times, nearly five more than its average, and got outrebounded 35-33. Baylor also shot poorly from the free throw line, going 25-for-39.

Up next

USF hosts Saint Francis on Sunday before going to Mexico to play in the Cancun Challenge over the Thanksgiving holiday.

Baylor concludes its five-game home stand against Lamar on Thursday, then goes to the U.S. Virgin Islands to play in the Paradise Jam over Thanksgiving.

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