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waco, texas» In the big­gest Di­vi­sion I women’s bas­ket­ball rout ever, No. 3 Bay­lor overwhelmed Winthrop 140-32 on Thurs­day.

“I tried and played tons of peo­ple, in and out of the lineup, called time­outs, try­ing to get peo­ple off the floor,” Bay­lor coach Kim Mulkey said.

The Lady Bears (11-1) scored the first 21 points, led 77-18 at half­time and shut out Winthrop 29-0 in the fourth quar­ter.

When they shook hands at the end, Ea­gles coach Kevin Cook told Mulkey he ap­pre­ci­ated her ef­forts.

“I am most grate­ful that Coach Cook rec­og­nized that. Kevin said thank you,” she said. “I tried ev­ery­thing I knew to try, be­cause I re­spect him. But more im­por­tantly, I re­spect the game.”

The 108-point mar­gin of vic­tory sur­passed the 102 set by Gram­bling when it beat Jarvis Chris­tian Col­lege 139-37 in 1986.

“What do you say af­ter a game like that?” Cook said. “Bay­lor has a phe­nom­e­nal pro­gram, Kim is an out­stand­ing coach; she’s sur­rounded her­self with an ex­cel­lent staff.”

“We’ve played some highly ranked teams this sea­son. And by far, Bay­lor is right at the top. You saw the game, you see the stats. They hurt us in­side, they hurt us with 3-point­ers. They’re aw­fully good,” he said.


A’ja Wil­son had 20 points and 10 re­bounds, Alaina Coates added 19 points and 10 re­bounds and No. 6 South Carolina used its size ad­van­tage to put away Clem­son 83-61, its sev­enth straight win over its in­state ri­val.

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