Big XII Official Announcement
Baylor Clinches Ninth Big 12 Women's Basketball Regular Season Title - Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site, Baylor has secured the 2017-18 Big 12 women's basketball regular season championship. The title is the eighth-straight and ninth overall for the Lady Bears.
CHAMPIONSHIP HIGHLIGHTS: Lady Bears defend their crown in Austin! #SicUT #RiseAsOne pic.twitter.com/qAeos8h54z— Baylor Lady Bears (@BaylorWBB) February 20, 2018
This game was over when, with Kalani Brown and Didi Richards both on the bench with foul trouble, Texas guard Ariel Atkins stole the ball and raced down court for an easy layup to go on top 51-50 with 5:33 left to play in the 3rd quarter. This would mark the Longhorns first lead since the 1st quarter and their last lead of the game, and it lasted just fourteen seconds. A determined Lady Bear squad went on to show on national television why exactly they have won the Big XII conference title for the last 8 seasons. The Lady Bears built their lead to 15 with 6:42 left to play in the game and then coasted to an easy 6 point win that was really never in question by anyone throughout the 4th quarter except for perhaps Texas “Borg” guard Brooke McCarty who went “7 of 9” from three point and had a game leading 32 points.
Baylor’s seniors, Dekeiya Cohen and Kristy Wallace would score 24 and 23 points, respectively, followed by Kalani Brown, 17 points,and Lauren Cox, 15 points.
A visit to the Baylor Locker room after the win shows that the Lady Bears know who their most valuable player is:
About last night... #SicEm #RiseAsOne #Big12WBB pic.twitter.com/tQJ3y1hqUH— Baylor Lady Bears (@BaylorWBB) February 20, 2018
Aside from Kristy Wallace, the two biggest differences in this game were Baylor’s out rebounding of Texas 42-27 and Baylor’s 81.8% free throw shooting for 18 of 22 compared to Texas 58.8% for 10 of 17.
ESPN’s Debbie Antonelli is convinced that Baylor is final four bound.
Baylor has been the buzz word all day. @debbieantonelli breaks down the Lady Bears and @BaylorWBB's run at a No. 1 seed come Selection Monday. Watch: https://t.co/i5USlkUZn6— ESPN Women's Hoops (@ESPN_WomenHoop) February 20, 2018
Big XII Highlights
No. 3 WBB Wins Eighth Consecutive Big 12 Championship - Baylor University Official Athletic Site, Dekeiya Cohen scored 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds as No. 3 Baylor women's basketball defeated Texas, 93-87, Monday night in Austin.
Baylor clinches Big 12 title with 93-87 win over Texas, AP via FoxSports, Baylor had barely clinched its eighth consecutive Big 12 title when the team started passing around green and gold baseball caps to commemorate the championship.
It's a final: Baylor 93, Texas 87, Statesman, For the second time this season, Texas had no answer for Baylor guard Kristi Wallace.
The Lady Bear senior scored 23 points to lead No. 3 Baylor to a 93-87 victory over No. 6 Texas Monday night at the Erwin Center.
Texas is 22-5 overall, 13-3 in the Big 12. Baylor is 26-1, 16-0.
This marked BU’s 17th victory over Texas in the last 18 games.
Lady Bears take down UT, gain Big 12 championship, WacoTrib, Kim Mulkey has mentioned the play and the leadership of her seniors time and time again throughout this season. Kristy Wallace and Dekeiya Cohen don’t ask for much . . .
Bears leave Horns dejected again in taking Big 12 - San Antonio Express-News, A few paces in front of the Texas bench, coach Karen Aston crouched and ran both hands through her sleek blonde hair as the final seconds ticked away in No. 3 Baylor’s 93-87 win.
It’s a wonder she came away without a torn clump clasped in each palm.
Here was arch nemesis Baylor (26-1, 16-0 Big 12), sweeping the season series yet again after defeating UT (22-5, 13-3) last month in Waco. Here was Baylor clinching its eighth straight Big 12 title, donning ready-waiting championship hats on the Erwin Center court as a vast, green visiting contingent cheered and sang. Here was Baylor beating No. 6 Texas for the 18th time in 19 tries.
In light of all that, a little hair-tearing would have been understandable. But the Longhorns’ effort, at least, was better today than it was back on Jan. 25.
“Obviously, everybody’s question was whether we were going to be competitive today, which we weren’t in Waco,” Aston said. “I think that we definitely answered that.”
The final score on Monday night was closer, and the performance featured more to be proud about. Brooke McCarty went off for a career-high 32 points and hit 7 of 9 3-pointers. UT held BU to 39 percent shooting in the second quarter and committed just seven turnovers over the final three periods. Texas even staked a one-point lead midway through the third quarter as BU star Kalani Brown fell into foul trouble.
But none of that was enough to really imperil BU’s victory.
Baylor beats No. 6 Texas 93-87 in Austin to win title on the Longhorns' court, BearsIllustrated, The Lady Bears rolled to an 8th straight Big 12 Title with their 93-87 victory over 6th ranked Texas.
Lady Bears take down Texas 93-87 in 23rd straight win, BaylorLariat, No. 3 Baylor entered its I-35 road trip game with No. 6 Texas separated by just three spots in the most recent AP Poll.
But on the court, the Lady Bears once again proved why they are still the team to beat in the Big 12 conference.
Baylor showed its balance and inside-out attack with a career-high 24 points from senior forward Dekeiya Cohen and 23 points from senior guard Kristy Wallace. Junior center Kalani Brown added 17 points and 12 rebounds and sophomore forward Lauren Cox added 15 as the Lady Bears knocked off the Longhorns 93-87 Monday night.
Wallace was also a key facilitator for the Lady Bears, dishing out seven assists, collecting two steals and grabbing six rebounds.
No. 3 Baylor women sweep No. 6 Texas, Horns247, The No. 3 Baylor women dominated No. 6 Texas inside again - this time in a 93-87 win in Austin Monday night giving the Bears their eighth straight Big 12 regular-season title.
Golden: Baylor, Mulkey rule the Big 12 while Aston's Horns aren't yet elite, Statesman, Baylor coach Kim Mulkey held court for nearly 20 minutes after yet another win over Texas.
While Mulkey’s players soaked her pink leather jacket with water in the visiting team’s locker room after a 93-87 win over Aston’s Texas Longhorns for an eighth straight Big 12 regular-season title, Texas coach Karen Aston bristled when it was suggested her team, 22-5 overall and 13-3 in league play, wasn’t elite.
The fire in Aston’s belly to beat Baylor burns brightly. The fire to beat Mulkey? It surpassed inferno status long ago.
Aston wants it but she hasn’t figured out Baylor or Mulkey for that matter. She’s had amazing recruiting classes with two handfuls of McDonald’s All-Americans — including program-changing players Brooke McCarty and Ariel Atkins — and four straight seasons of 20-plus wins. It hasn’t been enough for a Big 12 takeover.
The Horns are good but not elite. Not yet.
Baylor WBB clinches 8th straight Big 12 regular season title with win over Texas, DieHards, For the eighth consecutive season, the Baylor Bears have secured the Big 12 regular season crown.
Shout Out to Baylor’s Leading Scorer for the Game
A career performance for Dekeiya on a championship night for the Lady Bears! #SicEm #RiseAsOne #Big12WBB pic.twitter.com/vE630SIfw7— Baylor Lady Bears (@BaylorWBB) February 20, 2018