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Baylor Lady Bears vs. Texas Tech Lady Raiders, Big XII Women’s Basketball Championship, Preview and Game Thread

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The Lady Bears take on the Lady Raiders today at 1:30 pm CT in Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City in Game 4 of the Big XII Women’s Championship Tournament.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Baylor at Iowa State
Big XII Player of the Week Alexis Prince
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The No. 2 Baylor Lady Bears (28-2/17-1) take on the unranked Texas Tech Lady Raiders (14-16/5-13) today at 1:30 pm CT (on FSN) in Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City in the quarterfinal of the Big XII Women’s Championship Tournament.

The winner of today’s game will advance to play on Sunday (at 1:30 pm CT on FS1) the winner of Kansas State vs. Iowa State, which game is today at 11:00 am CT on FSN.

Today’s game is the third time these two teams have met in the last 5 weeks. Baylor soundly disposed of Texas Tech in both the previous matchups. Here’s highlights of each of those games:

Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey will likely continue to rest starting senior guard Alexis Jones due to a bruised bone in her knee. Jones also sat out during last weekend’s game against Texas Tech but the Lady Bears won by 38 points anyway. Look to see lots of bench players for the Lady Bears today as this is the first of three games in three days (assuming Baylor wins and advances to the tournament final) and Coach Mulkey will likely want to take advantage of the lesser competition to rest her starters as much as possible. However, Baylor’s bench is loaded with talent that would be starters on most other teams.

Today’s 1:30 pm CT quarterfinal game will be broadcast live on FSN with Ron Thulin (play-by-play) and Brenda VanLengen (analyst) calling the action. Live audio is also available on the Baylor Sports Network, IMG College and 92.9 FM in Waco, Texas. Rick May (play-by-play) and Lori Fogleman (analyst) will call the action.

The Lady Bears are seeking their seventh straight tournament title and eighth in the last nine years.

Baylor (ranked second nationally with a 28-2 record) is the top seed in the tournament and received a bye in the first round. The Lady Bears have also won seven consecutive regular-season titles.

Texas Tech defeated TCU 76-58 in the first round of the tournament on Friday to advance to today’s game. Tech finished eighth in the conference and TCU placed ninth.