No. 1 Baylor 72, Texas Tech 48
Odyssey Sims and Brittney Griner made it easy for No. 1 Baylor
to move into the semifinals of the Big 12 women’s tournament.
Sims scored 18 points and Griner had 15 points, nine rebounds
and five blocks to power the Lady Bears to a 72-48 win over Texas
Tech in the quarterfinals Thursday, leaving Baylor (32-0) eight
wins away from their goal of a perfect season and a national
Griner dominated inside and Sims came through with four
three-pointers. The Lady Bears move into Friday’s semifinal against
Kansas State. Against the Lady Raiders (19-13), Baylor built a
24-point halftime lead and kept up the pressure in the second
”I thought we were very aggressive,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey
said. ”We picked up too many fouls and had to sit players. But at
the same time, those players going to the bench gave other players
Monique Smalls led Texas Tech with 11 points and Kelsi Baker had
a team-high nine rebounds.
The Lady Bears, who had two single-digit wins over the Lady
Raiders in the regular season, didn’t let Texas Tech hang around
for long in the quarterfinals. Baylor needed a few minutes to get
adjusted to Tech’s zone defense but never looked back after taking
a 6-4 lead 4:04 into the game.
In the regular season, Texas Tech used the 3-point shot to stay
close to the Lady Bears, but Texas Tech hit only 3 of 14 shots from
3-point range on Thursday.
”When you spread the floor and go to a nontraditional type of
offense to attack Griner or to keep Griner from being effective on
the defensive end, you have to deviate from what you normally do,”
Mulkey said. ”That’s good if you’re successful at making threes.
But I thought we were out there and didn’t give them many open
looks for threes.”
The Lady Bears went to work after pondering what went wrong in
the opening four minutes At that point, Sims got things rolling
with a couple of assists over the top of the zone, and then Baylor
went to a full court press to speed up the game. With the
intimidating Griner stopping drives to the basket, Texas Tech shot
18.5 percent (5 of 27) in the first half and had 12 turnovers.
Baylor, meanwhile, shot 61.5 percent from the field (16 of 26) in
the first 20 minutes.
Sims broke out of a brief shooting slump with her 3-point
”I’ve been in the gym shooting before and after practice,”
Griner left the game for good midway through the second half and
was able to get some rest for Friday’s matchup against Kansas State
post player Jalana Childs, who had 31 points on Thursday against
”I caught the last eight seconds of the game,” Griner said.
”Kansas State, they’ve got great players and they are
well-coached. It will be a good game.”
The Lady Bears had an easy time against Texas Tech despite the
fact that front-liner Brooklyn Pope did not play. Mulkey did not
give a reason for Pope missing the game, other than to say she was
Texas Tech, which beat Texas in the opening round Wednesday,
pulled within 11 points with 3:53 left in the half before Baylor
went on a 13-0 run – closing out the first half ahead 40-16 after a
3-point bank shot from reserve Ashley Field at the buzzer.