Baylor women’s basketball guard Juicy Landrum came into her senior season as one of the top sharpshooters in school history. Two shots into Baylor’s 111-42 win over Arkansas State on Wednesday afternoon, the Waco La Vega product knew it was going to be a special day.
Landrum set the NCAA record with 14 three-pointers in a game. Her performance pushed her past Lamar’s Moe Kinard, who hit 13 three-pointers against Denver on Nov. 23, 2018. Landrum’s 42 points equalled Arkansas State’s total team output.
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey and her coaching staff talked about the possibility of breaking the Baylor record of nine at the half, when Landrum had five three-pointers.
“At halftime, I just went in there and I thought, Juicy’s so quiet, plays a role, kind of unassuming, just let me fit in and I’ll help you win ballgames, but I don’t bring attention to myself,” Mulkey said. “I thought, you know what, when you’re feeling it as a shooter, you’re feeling it.”
Mulkey decided to let her stay in and try to break the school record with nine three-pointers, previously held by Odyssey Sims and Mandy Hayworth. She did that easily. Then, she hit a 10th, and her teammates convinced Mulkey to let her break the Big 12 record. It just kept snowballing until Landrum stood alone with the best single-season shooting game ever.
“[I knew after] maybe like the second shot I took in the corner,” Landrum said. “Coach has been getting on me about shooting the ball so I’ve just got to take chances and shoot, even if I’m missing. I kind of get down on myself, but she motivates me to keep shooting the ball.”
Thank goodness she did. Not only was Landrum’s 14 three-pointers the best single-season performance in school history (obviously) – it actually eclipsed the former team record of 13 three-pointers in a game.
Overall, Landrum hit 14-of-23 three-pointers for 42 points, eight rebounds and seven assists in just 33 minutes of action. Her previous high this season? Fourteen points against Grambling State. Her career high is 20 points.
Landrum’s scoring has been critical as the Lady Bears try to tread water while waiting for All-American Lauren Cox to return. The Lady Bears sit at 9-1 heading until a two-week break.
“It feels great,” Landrum said. “I just know we have a lot of basketball to play, so I can’t think about it. Just got to keep moving forward.”