Ellis, Mathis pace Privateers in defeat at Baylor

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Jomyra Mathis vs Baylor
(Photo: Michael Sudhalter)

WACO, Texas – The New Orleans Privateers put up 15 points in the opening stanza and put up a fight but were ultimately defeated 78-39 by the Baylor Lady Bears on Monday night at the Ferrell Center.

Brianna Ellis had another strong scoring output with 16 points and five rebounds along with three steals. Jomyra Mathis posted 14 points and had two steals. Erin Randle finished with five boards while DeArica Pryor had six points.

The Privateers forced the issue early with the sixth-ranked team in the country. An Ellis triple gave the Privateers an 11-10 lead a little more than halfway through the opening stanza. Baylor ended the first quarter on a 6-0 spurt though and stretched out to a 23-15 advantage through the opening 10 minutes.

Both team defenses took over in the early part of the second quarter as there were just six combined points through nearly the first four minutes. The Bears slowly pulled away though as they went on a 13-4 run to carry a 19-point lead into the halftime locker room.

Baylor controlled the paint with 22 points in the first half. They also turned nine offensive rebounds into 10 second chance points.

The Privateers were held to single-digit quarters in the second and third as Baylor’s Queen Egbo led the offense for the home side. Egbo went 11-of-12 from the field and had 22 points along with 11 boards. NaLyssa Smith added a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sarah Andrews (12) and Caitlin Bickle (10) were also in double figures.

The Privateers will be home for the first time in the regular season when they face the Xavier Gold Nuggets. Tip is scheduled for 5 p.m.

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