It didn’t take long for Baylor to establish that this meeting with Kansas would be much different than the previous one.
Baylor led Kansas by just a point at halftime on Jan. 19 before falling apart in the second half of a 16-point loss. This time, the ninth-ranked Lady Bears led by 26 at the break and routed the Jayhawks 81-47 Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.
“They just looked at us and said, ‘We’re going to rip it and drive on you and offensive rebound and get you in transition,’ ” Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “They came out and ran a buzz saw and we didn’t have an answer defensively.”
Nina Davis, the Big 12 Freshman of the Year, led Baylor with 20 points and seven rebounds. Odyssey Sims, the nation’s scoring leader and Big 12 Player of the Year, added 15 points for the top-seeded Lady Bears (27-4).
Chelsea Gardner had 21 points and nine rebounds for No. 8 seed Kansas (13-19), which shot just 34 percent from the field and suffered its worst loss of the season. The Jayhawks were coming off an 87-84 overtime win over Kansas State the night before.
Baylor, the three-time defending tournament champion, advanced to play No. 18 Oklahoma State in the semifinals today. OSU defeated Iowa State 67-57 in the opener at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Baylor has won 13 of 14 since losing at Kansas 76-60 on Jan 19, including two victories over Oklahoma State.Texas 82, Oklahoma 72:
Imani McGee-Stafford added 15 points and Enemkpali chipped in 10 for Texas (21-10), which will go up against second-seeded and seventh-ranked West Virginia (28-3) in the semifinals on Sunday.
Oklahoma (18-14) held a seven-point advantage at the break — despite shooting 37.9 percent from the floor — after the Sooners knocked down eight 3-pointers in the first half. The Longhorns opened the second half on a 12-2 run, however, to take the lead for good.
The Sooners, who shot 50 percent (8 of 16) from distance at the break, cooled off in the second half, finishing with 13 3-pointers on 33 attempts. Aaryn Ellenberg scored 21 points for Oklahoma and Sharane Campbell added 12.Oklahoma State 67, Iowa State 57:
Oklahoma State (23-7) got 14 points each from Tiffany Bias and Brittany Atkins. Kendra Suttles, who was clutch off the bench down the stretch, had 11.
The Cyclones (20-10) tied the game at 52 with 8:45 to play but went cold. OSU used a 6-0 surge for separation and closed the game by hitting 6 of 8 free throws. Suttles scored seven straight points for the Cowgirls as they pulled away.
Hallie Christofferson led Iowa State with 21 points and 11 rebounds and Euless Trinity grad Nikki Moody had 14 points. ISU shot just 34 percent, going 7 for 25 from 3-point range.
Oklahoma State shot 50 percent and forced Iowa State into 16 turnovers.