Oklahoma State seemed on the verge of catching Baylor for nearly the entire game on Sunday. It never happened.
Nina Davis scored 18 points and Odyssey Sims added 17 to help No. 9 Baylor defeat the No. 18 Cowgirls 65-61 in the Big 12 women’s semifinals. The Cowgirls kept it close early and trailed by just two points in the second half, but they couldn’t quite break through.
Davis made 8 of 13 shots and had 12 rebounds. Sims, the Big 12 Player of the Year, shot just 6 of 22 but made a critical basket with 1:42 left that put the Lady Bears ahead by six. Baylor (28-4) goes for its fourth tournament title in a row at 8 tonight against West Virginia (29-3).
Brittney Martin had 11 points and 15 rebounds for Oklahoma State (23-8), but she made only 4 of 16 shots. Tiffany Bias, OSU’s leading scorer, had nine points on 3-for-11 shooting and played with foul trouble for most of the game.
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Baylor opened the game on an 8-2 run and remained in control throughout the first, leading 31-22 at the break while holding Oklahoma State to 27 percent shooting.
Bias went 1-for-6 in the first half and sat out the last 4:57 after getting her second foul. She picked up her third foul 65 seconds into the second half.
After Sims made a jumper, OSU’s Liz Donohoe scored her first points of the game on a 3-pointer, and Bias cut Baylor’s lead to 35-31.
•7. West Virginia 67, Texas 60:
Bria Holmes scored 23 points to help No. 7 West Virginia beat Texas in the Big 12 tournament semifinals.
Christal Caldwell added 15 points for the Mountaineers (29-3). West Virginia outscored Texas 28-14 from the free-throw line to win its 12th straight. West Virginia will play No. 9 Baylor in tonight’s championship.
Baylor and West Virginia shared the regular-season title. Chassidy Fussell (15 points) and Nekia Jones (14) led the Longhorns (21-11).