Caitlin Bickle scored 17 points, Sarah Andrews missed a triple-double by one point and No. 24 Baylor pulled away from Long Beach State for a 73-52 win on Wednesday.
Andrews had career highs of 14 assists and 12 rebounds to go with nine points on 2-of-11 shooting. Je’Mee Asberry and Bella Fontleroy both had 11 points for the Bears (9-3).
Tori Harris scored 14 points for the Beach (5-5) and Ma’Qhi Berry and Kianna Hamilton-Fisher had 10 each.
Despite a 10-0 Baylor run after Long Beach scored the opening basket, the Beach only trailed 20-16 at the end of the first quarter. But the Bears, who were 8 of 9, including 3 of 3 on 3-pointers, were up 43-32 at the half.
Baylor ended up shooting 56% for the game with 23 assists on 28 baskets and a plus-15 rebounding advantage.
The Bears start Big 12 play on New Year’s Eve when TCU visits.
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