WACO, Texas (AP) Nina Davis had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead sixth-ranked Baylor to a 61-45 win over No. 18 Oklahoma State on Saturday in the Big 12 opener or both teams.
Khadijiah Cave added 15 points and Kristy Wallace had 11 for Baylor (12-1, 1-0 Big 12), which trailed by six at the half before using a 31-6 run in the second half to take control.
The Lady Bears tied the game at 43 with a 3-point play by Cave with 11:53 left in the game. From there, Oklahoma State had a scoring drought of 8:21 and Baylor took a 58-43 lead with 4:02 remaining. Davis scored eight during the stretch. The Cowgirls made just one of their final 20 field goal attempts and scored two points – on Liz Donohoe’s jumper with 3:45 – left in the final 12:20.
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Donohoe scored 13 and Lashawn Jones had 11 points and nine rebounds for No. 18 Oklahoma State (10-2, 0-1).
Baylor missed its first five shots of the game and Oklahoma State opened on an 11-2 run. After a Baylor timeout, the Lady Bears responded with their first basket of the game – a running jumper in the lane by Kristy Wallace – followed by a defensive stop and a layup by Cave off a pass from Johnson.
Baylor tied the game at 19 when Johnson stripped Brittney Martin of the ball under the Oklahoma State basket. Johnson then led a fast break and passed to Wallace in the corner who hit a 3 with 11:03 on the clock.
Oklahoma State closed the first half on an 8-0 run to take a 33-27 lead at the break. Baylor missed its final seven shots and did not score in the final 5:22. The Bears didn’t score their first points of the second half until Alexis Prince hit a jumper in the lane with 17:05 left in the second half. Baylor missed its first two shots of the period, and Davis missed four free throws.
Baylor trailed 37-27 before an 8-0 run that began with Prince’s basket. Cave had an offensive rebound and putback followed by a layup in a streak that pulled Baylor to within 39-37 with 13:55 left.
Baylor celebrated the 10th anniversary of its national championship team at halftime. Twelve players on that squad were on hand for the festivities as were coaches, trainers and administrators. Former Baylor president Robert Sloan and his wife Sue were also introduced during the ceremony. The team went 33-3 during its championship run, and beat Michigan State, 84-62, in Indianapolis for the title.
Liz Donohoe started her 113th consecutive game for Oklahoma State. She has been a starter for every game since her freshman season.