WACO, Texas (AP) — Juicy Landrum scored 22 points, Te’a Cooper had 19 with a career-high five 3-pointers and No. 2 Baylor won its 48th consecutive regular-season Big 12 game with a 83-62 win over Iowa State on Tuesday night.
Lauren Cox and DiDi Richards both had double-doubles for Baylor, while Queen Egbo had 12 points and eight rebounds. Cox, the preseason AP All-American who missed seven games before Big 12 play with a foot issue, had 16 points and 10 rebounds with five assists in her fourth double-double this season and 32nd in her career. Richards had 10 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists.
The Lady Bears (18-1, 7-0 Big 12) also have the nation’s longest home court winning streak at 51 games. Their last home loss was 85-79 to Texas on Feb. 6, 2017, which was also the last time they lost a conference game during the regular season.
Iowa State (12-7, 4-4) played without junior starting point guard Rae Johnson, who was out because of back soreness. and Big 12 leading scorer Ashley Joens had a tough night as the Cyclones had their three-game winning streak snapped.
Joens, who entered the game averaging 22.4 points and 10.6 rebounds, finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. She was shooting 48.5% percent, the best for league guards, before going 3-of-11 while defended primarily by Richards.
Maggie Espenmiller-McGraw had 17 points to lead the Cyclones. Kristin Scott had 15 and Jade Thurmon 14.
Cooper’s 3-pointer off a Cyclones turnover started a 12-2 run over the final four minutes of the first quarter for Baylor, and Landrum’s 3 making it 24-13 after the first 10 minutes. Cox scored six points for the Lady Bears in a 10-1 spurt to start the second quarter.
Iowa St: The Cyclones are trailed by 19 points before making their first 3-pointer midway through the second quarter, after missing their first six shots from long range. Espenmiller-McGraw’s 3 got Iowa State within 34-18. … They finished 8-of-25 on 3s and actually outscored Baylor 36-34 after halftime.
Baylor: The Lady Bears have won 67 of their last 68 regular season conference games since losing their Big 12 opener at Oklahoma State on Dec. 30, 2015. … NaLyssa Smith, the leading scorer who missed the last two games with a high ankle sprain, entered the game on the first timeout. She played only 11 minutes, finishing with two points on 1-of-4 shooting with four rebounds.
Iowa State is on the road again to play at West Virginia on Sunday.
Baylor travels about 100 miles south to play at Texas in a rare Friday night game in the Big 12.