Women's Basketball

Oregon State frustrates Baylor early, advances to first Final Four

Gabriella Hanson, left, and Marie Gulich of Oregon State kept Kalani Brown and Baylor hemmed in enough to win.
Gabriella Hanson, left, and Marie Gulich of Oregon State kept Kalani Brown and Baylor hemmed in enough to win. AP

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey called a timeout midway through the first quarter during Saturday’s win over Florida State, her team playing sloppy.

The Lady Bears responded by finishing with a 15-3 run and never trailed again.

That wasn’t the case Monday night in the Elite Eight against Oregon State at the American Airlines Center.

However, Baylor would rally in the second half only to see Niya Johnson’s game-tyinig 3-pointer miss at the buzzer, sending Oregon State to a 60-57 win and into the program’s first Final Four.

Oregon State (32-4) will take on three-time defending champion UConn (36-0) at 5 p.m. Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

Alexis Jones, an Irving MacArthur graduate, assisted Nina Davis for a layup, giving Baylor a 51-50 lead with 6:54 left, its first lead since the 7:26 mark of the first quarter.

After four ties, Sydney Wiese made three free throws down the stretch, two with 7.3 seconds left to give the Beavers a three-point lead.

Jones passed it up to Johnson, whose shot attempt hit right of the rim at the buzzer, sending Baylor to a third-straight year with a loss in the Elite Eight.

Oregon State’s Jamie Weisner, who finished with 16 points, made a 3-pointer to beat the buzzer and send the Beavers to a 34-25 lead at halftime.

Both teams combined to shoot 21-of-57 in the first half. Baylor had scored 24 points in the first quarter and 40 at halftime against Florida State.

Jones hit back-to-back baskets to start the third and get the Lady Bears within 34-30, but Oregon State again responded, going up 42-35 with 4:49 left in the quarter.

Jones scored seven of her 19 points in the third quarter. Kristy Wallace got a steal and found Johnson for the reverse layup to trim Oregon State’s lead to 48-47 at the end of three.

Baylor scored the first four points before Oregon State went on a 9-0 run. Trailing 9-6 and after a timeout, Baylor just couldn’t get into its groove that it was accustomed to all year long.

The Beavers extended runs to 11-2 and 14-4 while Baylor went on a field goal drought lasting 6:33 between the first and second quarters.

However, both teams struggled to find the basket. Baylor got within 26-25 late in the second quarter before Oregon State scored the final eight points to go into the break.

Baylor (36-2) shot 38.5 percent from the field and was just 6 of 14 from the free throw line.

 

Oregon St.

16

18

14

12

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60

Baylor

11

14

22

10

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57

OREGON ST. (32-4): Hunter 0-2 2-2 2, Hamblin 4-10 2-2 10, Hanson 4-10 0-0 10, Weisner 5-14 4-6 16, Wiese 4-8 7-8 18, Siegner 0-0 0-0 0, McWilliams 0-0 0-0 0, Gulich 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 19-47 15-18 60.

BAYLOR (36-2): Davis 5-11 1-1 11, Mompremier 1-3 0-0 2, Johnson 3-10 0-0 6, Prince 0-2 1-2 1, Jones 7-17 4-8 19, Wallace 0-2 0-0 0, Brown 6-14 0-3 12, Cave 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 25-65 6-14 57.

Three-Point Goals—Oregon St. 7-18 (Wiese 3-7, Weisner 2-5, Hanson 2-5, Hunter 0-1), Baylor 1-5 (Jones 1-3, Prince 0-1, Johnson 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Oregon St. 39 (Hamblin 12), Baylor 33 (Johnson 7). Assists—Oregon St. 13 (Wiese 6), Baylor 10 (Jones 6). Total Fouls—Oregon St. 15, Baylor 16. Technical—Baylor Bench. A—6,050.

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