Baylor and Oklahoma helped the Big 12 finally claims a couple of victories as the Big 12-SEC Challenge continued on Saturday.
With the results, the SEC has a 4-2 lead in the annual showdown between two of the best women’s basketball conferences in the country.
Baylor, the No. 5 team in the country, had to slug it out with undefeated Missouri before winning, 70-68, withstanding a scoring drought in the final 4:09 of the game. NaLyssa Smith had another big game with 25 points and 17 rebounds. Caitlin Bickle came off the bench to give the Bears 11 points, while Sarah Andrews added 10 points.
Oklahoma blew through Mississippi State, 94-63, thanks in part to a second quarter in which the Sooners outscored the Bulldogs, 28-12, in the second quarter. Taylor Robertson led the Sooners with 22 points, including six 3-pointers, while Ana Llanusa added 21 points. Madi Williams had a double-double — 13 points and 11 rebounds.
On Friday, No. 1 South Carolina defeated Kansas State, 65-44. Ayoka Lee led the Wildcats with 14 points, six rebounds and three blocks. Brylee Glenn added 10 points.
The Big 12-SEC Challenge concludes on Sunday with four games, including a matchup between No. 15 Texas at No. 17 Texas A&M.
The SEC won the challenge last season, 7-1. Two of those games were cancelled due to COVID-19. The Big 12 won the challenge last in 2019.
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Big 12-SEC Women’s Challenge Schedule, Results
Wednesday, December 1
No. 16 Kentucky 83, West Virginia 60
Thursday, December 2
No. 20 Georgia 66, Texas Tech 56
LSU 69, No. 14 Iowa State 60
Friday, December 3
No. 1 South Carolina 65, Kansas State 44
Saturday, December 4
Oklahoma 94, Mississippi State 63
No. 5 Baylor 70, Missouri 68 (SEC up 4-2)
Sunday, December 5
Florida at TCU – Big 12 Now on ESPN+ – 1 p.m.
Oklahoma State at Auburn – SECN+ – 2 p.m.
Vanderbilt at Kansas – Big 12 Now on ESPN+ – 2 p.m.
No. 15 Texas at No. 17 Texas A&M – SEC Network – 3 p.m.
All times central; All rankings from AP Poll