AMES, Iowa (AP) - Baylor thrived in its first season without Brittney Griner by relying heavily on Odyssey Sims, the nation's leading scorer.
Sims went cold with the Big 12 title on the line, but the Lady Bears proved to be deep enough to clinch a share of a fourth straight league crown.
Freshman Nina Davis scored 26 points to help No. 9 Baylor earn a piece of the Big 12 title by beating Iowa State 70-54 on Tuesday night.
The Lady Bears won despite a season-low 11 points from Sims, who entered play averaging 30.2 points a game. But her first basket was a big one, as it put Baylor ahead 59-44 with 4:39 left.
The Lady Bears (26-4, 16-2 Big 12) finished the regular season tied with West Virginia atop the conference. But they have the top seed in the Big 12 tournament due to a tiebreaker.
Nikki Moody had 17 points and Hallie Christofferson scored 14 for Iowa State (20-9, 9-9), which was outrebounded 48-32. The Cyclones are the fifth seed in the Big 12 tournament and will face Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Sune Agbuke chipped in with nine points and 11 rebounds and Niya Johnson had eight assists.
The Lady Bears scored 26 second-chance points to Iowa State's 5.
Of Baylor's 48 rebounds, 21 were offensive boards.
Nina Davis (26 points) scored in double-figures for the 25th time this year, she recorded her fourth 20 point performance.
Davis was in double figures by halftime (11 points) for the seventh time this season.
Davis led the team in scoring for the second time this season.
Niya Johnson had eight assists. It marks the 20th time that she has had six or more assists in a game.
Sune Agbuke hauled down 11 rebounds, her 10th double-digit outing of the season and 11th of her career.
STAT OF THE GAME
Baylor outscored Iowa State in the paint, 42-18.
TWEET OF THE GAME
Baylor (No. 1 seed) begins Big 12 Championship play in Oklahoma City Saturday (March 8) against the winner of (8) Kansas and (9) Kansas State at 1:30 p.m. CT.