WACO, Texas (UND Athletics) -- Eighth-ranked Baylor stemmed the tide of an early North Dakota rush and flexed its muscle over the final three quarters en route to a 105-43 win Tuesday evening at the Farrell Center in non-conference action. Five Lady Bears were in double figures as Baylor extended its home non-conference winning streak to 182 straight over unranked teams, dating back to 2003.
Junior Fallyn Freije paced North Dakota with 13 points, 11 of those coming in the opening minutes of the game as the Fighting Hawks dictated play in the first quarter. UND led by as many as four at 13-9 with six minutes and change left in the opening frame. From there, however, the national power Bears-- who have advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in seven of the last eight seasons-- controlled play and out-scored UND, 48-9, the rest of the half to run out to the big lead.
"When we scheduled this game, I knew that it would be a very stiff challenge but I scheduled it because I wanted my team to know there is more to improve upon," UND head coach Travis Brewster said. "But the heart of this team is still strong. There's a time and place for everything and this was the right time and place to play this game because we improved, I'm definitely not happy about the outcome but they are number eight in the country for a reason.
Success is a long road that can be painful sometimes. I was very encouraged how we started the game and encouraged by where we can go from here."
Baylor scored in triple figures for the third time this season and is averaging out-scoring its opponents by 39 points in its eight wins. Kalani Brown led the Bears with 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting.
North Dakota will open a three-game homestand Saturday with a 2:00 p.m. game against in-state rival North Dakota State.