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No. 9 WBB Downs Kansas, 81-47, in Big 12 Quarterfinals

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Oklahoma City, Okla. • Attendance: 4,882

(27-4, 16-2) 9/9

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)- 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.

"I guess we knew we had to come out with more intensity," Baylor guard Imani Wright said. "We still remember the loss that we took, so we felt like we needed to start fast and keep it going."

The surge overwhelmed Kansas.

"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. "Give them a tremendous amount of credit. 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 and Dakota Gonzalez added 10 points and six 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 on Sunday. OSU defeated Iowa State 67-57 in the opener at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Odyssey Sims' 15 points extended her streak of double-digit scoring to 44 games. Sims was last held to single-digits vs. UCONN, Feb. 18, 2013, when she had 9.
• With 15 points today, Sims moves to No. 5 on Baylor's single-season points chart (902 points) which ranks No. 2 among players who played NCAA competition. She trails Brittney Griner's 929 (2011-12) by just 27 points.
Nina Davis (20 points) scored in double-figures for the 26th time this season, she recorded her fifth 20 point performance.
• Davis was in double figures by halftime (18 points) for the eighth time this season.
• Davis led the team in scoring for the third time this season.
• With her two treys today, Makenzie Robertson now has 50 on the season and moves to No. 10 on BU single-season 3-point FG made chart.
Khadijiah Cave (10 points), registered her eighth career double-digit scoring effort.

Baylor outscored Kansas in the paint, 50-22.


Baylor moves on to the Big 12 Championship semifinals, where the top-seeded Lady Bears will take on No. 4-seed Oklahoma State Sunday at 2 p.m. CT.



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