Baylor forward Bernice Mosby (32) takes a shot over Oklahoma State forward Dominique Chism (1) during the first half. Mosby scored 23 points in the 66-55 win.(AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
Jan. 27, 2007
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Bernice Mosby scored 23 points and had nine rebounds and No. 13 Baylor pulled away in the final minutes for a 66-55 win over Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Rachel Allison added 14 points and 12 rebounds for Baylor (18-3, 5-2 Big 12), which won its third straight game after back-to-back losses earlier this month to Oklahoma and Texas A&M.
Against Oklahoma State (15-5, 3-4), the Lady Bears have won eight straight and 12 of their last 14. All of Oklahoma State's conference losses this season have come against teams in the Big 12 South Division.
For much of the game, Mosby carried the Bears, who shot 39.7 percent from the field. Baylor trailed only once, in the game's early stages, and led by nine points early in the second half. But Oklahoma State closed within three points on three occasions, the last at 51-48 on a 3-pointer by Maria Cordero with 6:11 left.
Mosby, guarded by two defenders, followed with a basket, and Allison added a bucket and two free throws in an 8-0 Baylor run that put the Bears up 59-48 with 3:33 left. The Cowgirls came no closer than eight points after that.
Mosby narrowly missed what would have been her sixth straight double-double.
Oklahoma State committed 20 turnovers and shot 31 percent from the field. Cordero went 5-of-6 from 3-point range and scored 21 points for the Cowgirls, while Rashidat Sadiq added eight points and 12 rebounds.
Baylor started slowly, missing four of its first five shots, but led by as many as nine points before settling for a 35-29 halftime lead. Baylor led 21-12 before a 9-0 Oklahoma State run tied the game with 6:33 left in the first half. The Bears answered by scoring 10 of the next 12 points to re-establish their lead.