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No. 9 WBB Defeats No. 18 OSU in Big 12 Semifinals

(23-8, 11-7) 18/18
  1ST 2ND F
22 39 61
31 34 65

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Oklahoma City, Okla. • Attendance: x,xxx

(28-4, 16-2) 9/9

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)- Nina Davis scored 18 points and Odyssey Sims added 17 to help No. 9 Baylor defeat No. 18 Oklahoma State 65-61 in the Big 12 women's semifinals Sunday

Davis made 8 of 13 shots and had 12 rebounds. Sims, the Big 12 Player of the Year, shot 6 of 22 but made a critical shot with about 1:30 to play that put the Lady Bears ahead by six. The Lady Bears (28-4) advanced to Monday's final and can win their fourth consecutive conference title.

Brittney Martin had 11 points and 15 rebounds for Oklahoma State (23-8), but she made 4 of 16 shots. Tiffany Bias, OSU's leading scorer, finished with nine points on 3-for-11 shooting and played with foul trouble for most of the game.

Baylor outrebounded Oklahoma State 47-39 and held the Cowgirls to 36 percent shooting.

Baylor expected a tough matchup. The Lady Bears won both regular-season meetings, but Oklahoma State took it to overtime in Stillwater. OSU has never won a title and was trying to reach the final for just the second time.

Baylor opened the game on an 8-2 run, highlighted by a 3-pointer by Makenzie Robertson. The Lady Bears remained in control throughout the first half and led 31-22 at the break after holding Oklahoma State to 27 percent shooting. Oklahoma State made just five of its 10 free throws in the first half and committed nine turnovers.

Kim Mulkey wins her 400th career game in just 13 years and 32 games. Only her mentor, Leon Barmore, reached the milestone faster, 13 seasons and three games.
• Baylor had four players (Davis 18, Sims 17, Robertson 13, Johnson 10) in double figures for the first time since Feb. 22, 2014, at TCU.
Odyssey Sims' 17 points extended her streak of double-digit scoring to 45 games. Sims was last held to single-digits vs. UCONN, Feb. 18, 2013, when she had 9.
Nina Davis (18 points) scored in double-figures for the 27th time this season.
• Davis recorded her 11th career double-double (18p/12r).
• Davis led the team in scoring for the fourth time this season.
• With her three treys today, Makenzie Robertson now has 53 on the season and moves to No. 9 on BU single-season 3-point FG made chart.
• Robertson (13 points) tallied her ninth double-digit scoring effort of the season.
Niya Johnson scored a career-high-tying 10 points, her third double-figure game of the season and career (all three games have been 10 point performances).
Sune Agbuke hauled down 10 rebounds for her 13th career double-digit rebounding effort and fifth of the season.

Baylor edged Oklahoma State in second-chance points, 12-5.


Baylor moves on to the Big 12 Championship game, where the top-seeded Lady Bears will take on the winner of No. 2 West Virginia and No. 3 Texas Monday at 8 p.m. CT.



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