KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Baylor Bears wasted no time taking care of the Oklahoma State Cowboys, cruising to a 76-36 victory in the Big 12 Tournament women’s quarterfinals on Friday.
The Bears (26-5) will now take on Oklahoma in the semifinals at noon on Saturday. The Sooners defeated Kansas, 80-68, on Friday. The Sooners are also the only team in the Big 12 to beat Baylor twice this season.
The Bears built a 23-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Cowgirls (9-19) failed to score a point, missing 13 field goals and two free throws. The Cowgirls also committed seven first-quarter turnovers in what became coach Jim Littell’s final game at the helm. He is leaving the program after the season.
Taylen Collins ended the drought for the Cowgirls with a field goal 20 seconds into the second quarter. But the Bears never came close to giving up control of the game.
Before the game Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby presented Baylor forward NaLyssa Smith with the conference’s player of the year award, her second straight. She finished the game with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Guard Jordan Lewis had nine points, four rebounds and five assists less than a week after being named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year.
Guard Ja’Mee Asberry scored 16 points for Baylor. Center Queen Egbo added 13 rebounds, along with 15 points.
Cassidy De Lapp led Oklahoma State with nine points. Collins added seven points. Lauren Fields, OSU’s leading scorer, was held without a point.
Saturday’s game between Baylor and Oklahoma will feature the two programs with the most Big 12 Tournament titles in the conference’s history. Baylor, the defending champion, has 11, while Oklahoma has four.
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