Reigning women’s champ Baylor in 12th consecutive Sweet 16

Baylor players celebrate on the bench during the second half of a college basketball game against Jackson State in the first round of the women's NCAA tournament at the Alamodome, Sunday, March 21, 2021, in San Antonio. Baylor won 101-52.
Baylor players celebrate on the bench during the second half of a college basketball game against Jackson State in the first round of the women's NCAA tournament at the Alamodome, Sunday, March 21, 2021, in San Antonio. Baylor won 101-52. (AP Photo)

SAN ANTONIO – Reigning women's national champion Baylor is going to its 12th consecutive NCAA Sweet 16, and the Lady Bears were quite defensive getting there.

Moon Ursin and DiJonai Carrington both had 21 points, the second-seeded Lady Bears stretched their lead to double digits with All-American forward NaLyssa Smith on the bench after early foul trouble and, most impressive to coach Kim Mulkey, they overwhelmed Virginia Tech and its high-scoring duo with their defense in 90-48 victory Tuesday night.

“I’ve been doing this 36 years. That was as impressive a performance defensively from start to finish that I’ve been a part of,” said Mulkey, who has won three national titles in her 21 seasons at Baylor. “I hate to even see that because sometimes we forget as coaches, but good golly our kids were ready to play defensively.”

Queen Egbo had 12 points and 13 rebounds, along with seven blocked shots for the Lady Bears (27-2). DiDi Richards had nine assists without a turnover while playing 35 minutes.

Smith finished with 15 points, all but two of those coming after halftime. Smith got her second foul only seven minutes into the game, and didn't return until getting two quick layups after the break.

“Everybody knows NaLyssa Smith is our All-American. But as you saw today, we’ve got more than NaLyssa Smith,” Mulkey said.

“We know how to play with any five players on the floor,” Carrington said.

Georgia Amoore had 18 points with four 3-pointers to lead seventh-seed Virginia Tech (15-10), which had opened its first NCAA Tournament since 2006 with a win over Marquette.