No. 2 Baylor women roll into Big 12 Tournament semifinals


Highlights

Lady Bears are two wins from their seventh straight Big 12 Tournament crown.

Kansas State knocks off Iowa State in another quarterfinal.

Alexis Prince scored 22 points to help No. 2 Baylor coast to a 95-63 victory over Texas Tech on Saturday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament.

The Lady Bears (29-2) moved two wins from their seventh straight conference tournament title by dominating the glass, turning 21 offensive rebounds into 25 second-chance points. They will face No. 24 Kansas State on Sunday.

Nina Davis had 18 points and 14 rebounds, and Kalani Brown added 14 points and 10 boards for Baylor.

The Lady Bears shot 53.9 percent (41 for 76) and were 6 of 11 from 3-point range.

Recee Caldwell scored 21 points for Texas Tech (14-17). She had 12 in the final 3 minutes of the first half, when she made four straight 3-point attempts.

Those shots stopped falling in the second half. Texas Tech went 10 for 24 from 3-point range but just 3 for 11 after halftime. Arella Guirantes added 15 points, going 3 for 4 on 3-point attempts.

Texas Tech shot 40 percent for the game.

The victory was Baylor’s seventh straight and third in a row by more than 30 points.

The Lady Bears are clicking despite one of their best players being hampered by an injury. All-Big 12 guard Alexis Jones missed her fourth straight game with a knee injury. Baylor coach Kim Mulkey hasn’t announced whether Jones will play before the NCAA Tournament.

No. 24 Kansas State 74, Iowa State 67: Kayla Goth scored a career-high 25, Eternati Willock had a double-double and the Wildcats made all 12 of their free throws in the last 1:11 to defeat Iowa State in a quarterfinal Saturday.

The fourth-seeded Wildcats (22-9) never trailed after a 14-0 run to lead 50-38 late in the third quarter.

The Cyclones (18-12) had an 11-2 run to tie the game at 56 with 6:50 to play. Two free throws by Breanna Lewis started an 8-0 run that carried to Goth’s free throws with 1:11 remaining as Iowa State suffered a drought of 5:49.

The Cyclones missed nine consecutive shots, and the K-State free throws offset Iowa State making 2 of 3 shots in the last minute.

Willock had 12 points and 10 rebounds coming off the bench with Goth, who had five rebounds and three steals. Kindred Wesemann also had 12 points.

Emily Durr hit five 3s and had 21 points for Iowa State, which had won five straight.

Late Friday

Texas Tech 76, TCU 58: Recee Caldwell scored 22 points with seven rebounds and seven assists as the eighth-seeded Lady Raiders (14-16) defeated the ninth-seeded Lady Frogs (12-18). Zuri Sanders added 13 points and Larryn Brooks 12 for Texas Tech, which outshot TCU 44 to 32 percent and was 23 of 30 at the free-throw line to 9 of 9 for TCU.

Oklahoma State 79, Kansas 75: Kaylee Jensen had 23 points and 12 rebounds and Mandy Coleman scored 14 points and grabbed 18 boards as the Cowboys (17-13) withstood a fourth-quarter rally by the Jayhawks (8-22). The win put Oklahoma State in a quarterfinal against Texas on Saturday night.



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