Jordan Lewis scored 24 points and hit six 3-pointers to lead No. 15 Baylor past No. 7 Iowa State, 87-61, in a Big 12 women’s basketball showdown on Sunday in Waco, Texas.
Lewis helped contributed to Baylor’s 21-6 run to end the third quarter, a run during which Lewis hit a pair of 3-pointers. She finished 9-of-11 from the floor.
The Bears (13-4, 3-2), who started the Big 12 season with two straight losses, have now won three straight games. Baylor’s win, in combination with Kansas State’s win over Oklahoma — in which K-State’s Ayoka Lee set an NCAA record with 61 points — means that the top five teams in the Big 12 each have two losses (Baylor, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas).
The Cyclones (16-3, 5-2) will surely drop in the poll after their second straight loss. The game did mark the return of Ashley and Aubrey Joens, who both missed the Texas loss on Wednesday due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
The Bears’ performance made their returns irrelevant.
Baylor already led 39-28 at the break, even though the Bears started the game shooting 6-of-22. The Bears came around in the second quarter, paced by NaLyssa Smith, Jordan Lewis and Queen Egbo. But it was the third quarter where the Bears took care of business.
Baylor outscored the Cyclones, 27-15, in the third quarter. The Bears held Iowa State without a field goal for the final seven minutes of the quarter. And while the Baylor defense went on lockdown, the Bears started cooking from the 3-point line, where Lewis had made five 3-pointers by the end of the third quarter. She made two of those in the third quarter.
Lewis also had a team-high six assists. Smith had 17 points and six rebounds. Egbo had 14 points and a career-high 21 rebounds. Sarah Andrews added 18 points and hit four 3-pointers of her own. Baylor shot 48 percent from the field, 57 percent from the 3-point line and forced 17 Iowa State turnovers.
Ashley Joens led Iowa State with 19 points, but she missed her first five shots of the game. Beatriz Jordao added 10 points, and Maggie Espenmiller-McGraw had 11 points. Iowa State finished shooting just 33 percent and just 26 percent from the 3-point line.
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