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Women's Hoop Review XXI

by Winners Only about a year ago in basketball

Baylor gets 136, Michigan State survives CMU

Hannah Gusters

Baylor 136 - Northwestern State 43

Baylor (6-1) won its 60th straight home game in grand fashion. A 93-point victory is what happened as the seventh ranked team took it to Northwestern State (0-3). Baylor also set the NCAA women's record for most assists in a game wtih 45.

Below: NaLyssa Smith

In 21 minutes NaLyssa Smith scored 30 points going 12-15 from the field and 6-6 from the free-throw line. She also had eight rebounds and two steals. The 6-2 junior entered the game averaging 15.7 points per game which is a career best.

Below: Hannah Gusters

Two other players scored over 20 points for the Bears. Back-up freshman center Hannah Gusters scored 22 points in 19 minutes. This was her third straight game with 10 or more points. It was her career high in points as well as rebounds as she posted five boards. Starting center Queen Egbo dropped in 21 points and nine rebounds. It was her second game over 20 points this season.

Below: Queen Egbo

The game's lone double-double came from sophomore Jordyn Oliver. The 5-10 guard from Prosper, Texas, dropped 10 assists to go with 12 points on five-of-eight shooting in 19 minutes. She also had three steals.

Below: Jordyn Oliver

Baylor shot 67 percent overall, 54 percent from three and 80 percent from the free-throw line. Northwestern shot 26 percent overall and 28 percent from three. The Lady Demons did shoot 100 percent from the free-throw line but they only attempted two free-throws for the entire game, while Baylor attempted 20.

Toledo 77 - Duquesne 74

Toledo (4-1) has been in games decided by four or less points for three straight contests. Friday night was the latest as the Lady Rockets edged Duquesne in a three-point decision.

Sophomore Quinesha Lockett led the way with 24 points, a season high, while tying a season best six rebounds. She is off to a great start this season with averages of 18.2 points, 5.4 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.0 assists, all career highs. Last night's game was her second over the 20-point mark during the 2020-21 season. She scored 22 points in the season opening win over Oakland.

Below: Sammi Mikonowicz

Toledo had two players with double-doubles. Freshman guard Sammi Mikonowicz is one of the most productive freshmen in the nation. She had her second double-double of the year with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Sophomore forward Mali Morgan-Elliott posted 10 points and 13 rebounds. She is improving as a scorer. The career 4.1 points per game scorer has scored at least 10 points in the last three games.

The Lady Rockets final double-digit scorer was Sophia Ward who scored 14 points to go along with five assists. The 5-7 sophomore guard from Muskegon, Michigan is averaging a team best 19.8 points per game. Nine days ago she posted 42 points against Mid American Conference foe Northern Illinois in an 82-79 win.

Visiting Duquesne had a big time scoring performance by senior guard Amanda Kalin. The 5-8 senior posted 32 points in 40 minutes of action. Her previous season high was a 25-point effort in a 69-67 win over Saint Francis.

Oklahoma State 78 - West Virginia 73

Power forward Natasha Mack used her 19 points to hold off West Virginia for a home win in the Big 12 Conference. Mack shot a season best 66 percent, while playing a complete game. She had five assists, four blocks and three steals.

Below: Natasha Mack

Freshman guard Lexy Keys, who averages 8.3 points per game, contributed a career best 16 points, making all but one of her seven shot attempts. West Virginia was led by sophomore forward, Esmery Martinez, who recorded her fourth double-double of the season. The 6-2 Dominican forward had 16 points and 10 rebounds. She also recorded a season best four steals as well as one block. Forward Kari Niblack shared the lead in scoring for the Mountaineers with 16 points as well. She led the team with two blocks.

Below: Esmery Martinez

Kysre Gondrezick led WVU and all players with seven assists to go along with 15 points.

Michigan State 79 - Central Michigan 70

Below: Nia Clouden

When the fourth quarter began Central Michigan (3-2) an in-state opponent from the so-called lesser Mid American Conference had a 62-60 lead over Big Ten host Michigan State (5-0).

Below: Alyza Winston

The Spartans clawed back and outscored CMU 19-8 in the fourth to snatch victory from the visiting Chippewas. Nia Clouden posted at least 20 points for the third straight game, scoring 21 with six assists, four rebounds and three steals. Her backcourt buddy Alyza Winston had 19 points as she knocked down all seven of her free-throws.

Below: Micaela Kelly

Micaela Kelly is continuing her great senior season for Central Michigan. The 5-6 senior from Detroit scored 26 points while hitting a season best six threes on 12 attempts. She is averaging 22.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game this year.

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