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Baylor Lady Bears Gut Out Victory Over Texas Longhorns, Claim Big XII Tournament Championship Title

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Kalani Brown named tournament MVP as Baylor downs Texas 77-69. Game Replay, Highlights, Tweets, Summaries and More.

NCAA Womens Basketball: Big 12 Conference Tournament - Championship Game Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

“They come to Baylor to win championships. We expect to win.” (Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey, 2018)

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In a game where the lead went back and forth like a ping pong ball, two things remained constant throughout. First, at the end of each quarter, Baylor had the lead. Second, at the end of each subsequent quarter, that lead had increased. Final, Baylor 77 - 69 Texas, an eight point lead. When you go out and score more points than the other team, every quarter, what do they call you?

If we had 46 more quarters to play, Baylor might have won by 100 points. We’ll have to settle for 39. That’s the margin of victory for the Lady Bears over the Longhorns through three games this season, 39 points.

Guess what? Kalani Brown can’t jump. That fact probably cost us a trip to the Final Four last year. Late in the fourth quarter, score tied in the Elite Eight against Mississippi State, 3 seconds left on the clock, Kristy Wallace arches the perfect inbound pass to Kalani Brown. All Kalani has to do is jump up and snatch it out of the air and shoot a short range jumper. Instead, she takes a step backward to catch the pass which allows the Mississippi State player to take a step forward into position to swat the ball away without fouling. Kristy Wallace gets credited for a turnover and the game goes to overtime and the Bears lose 94-85. In last night’s game against the Longhorns, Coach Mulkey knew that Kalani’s legs were gone. She wisely switched post positions between Kalani and Lauren Cox. With Baylor leading by only one point and less than two minutes remaining in the game, Lauren got to go to the foul line and made six consecutive free throws to seal the game. Coach Kim Mulkey said after the game:

“We didn’t do a good job of was offensive rebound. You can’t let ‘em just go to the offensive boards. Good grief. They can leap out of the gym. That’s where you saw a lot of our fatigue, put Kalani in a position at 6-7 and she just couldn’t jump. To just gut it out and give up that many offensive boards and still win the game is special.”

NCAA Womens Basketball: Big 12 Conference Tournament - Championship Game Rob Ferguson-USA TODAY Sports

Way to learn from the past, Coach. Great job. Great call. Great game. Sic ‘em Lady Bears!

OBF Prediction: I’ll go out on a limb here and say that this victory clinches for Baylor a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and that they will get placed in the Kansas City region. UConn will get Albany, Louisville will get Lexington and Mississippi State will have to travel to Spokane.

The 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship bracket will be announced Monday, March 12 on ESPN at 6 p.m. CT.

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Lady Bears Earn Ninth Big 12 Championship Crown, Jerry Hill, BaylorBearsdotcom, Knocked to the floor on a hard foul by Jordan Hosey with 37 seconds left in the third quarter of Monday's Big 12 Championship final, Kalani Brown was helped to the bench by her teammates, unsure whether she could put any weight on her left ankle.

For just a moment, Baylor coach Kim Mulkey had to think, "Not again!"

But then, she told her 6-foot-7 All-American post, "Your mama spanks you harder than that."

Despite injuries, Baylor Lady Bears win Big 12 tournament title, Voepel, Some seasons, the Big 12 tournament has been a formality for the Lady Bears. But this season, Baylor had something to prove. And just a week after losing their starting senior point guard, the Lady Bears swept through the league tourney for another crown.

Baylor Claims Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship Title - Big 12 Conference - Official Athletic Site, Kalani Brown scored 20 points to help No. 3 Baylor beat No. 7 Texas 77-69 in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship title game on Monday night.

Baylor outlasts Texas to win Big 12 championship | News OK, For most of Monday night's Big 12 Championship title game, Texas coach Karen Aston crouched stoically on the sideline at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

She raised her voice when she needed to, but she stayed calm and in control while Baylor coach Kim Mulkey stomped her feet, gnashed her teeth and pleaded with the officials every time they came near her bench.

But in the end, an uncharacteristic outburst from Aston doomed her team and enabled Baylor to capture its eighth Big 12 Championship title in the last nine years with a 77-69 win against Texas (26-6, 15-3 Big 12).

Aston picked up her first technical of the year when she vehemently and explicitly disagreed with a foul on Texas forward Joyner Holmes with 1:41 to play...

Brown leads No. 3 Baylor past No. 7 Texas in Big 12 final | FOX Sports,

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Baylor coach Kim Mulkey knew folks wondered if her team could win a big game after losing its starting point guard.

Lady Bears win Big 12 Tournament Title, KCEN, A back-and-forth game couldn’t keep the Baylor Lady Bears from winning their eighth Big 12 Championship in the past nine years.

Baylor defeats Texas 77-69, win Big 12 Championship, KXXV, In a game where Texas made a ton of plays, the Lady Bears seemed to just make one more.

Lady Bears claim Big 12 championship; Brown named Most Outstanding Player, wacotrib, OKLAHOMA CITY — There were questions about fatigue with three games in three days as second-ranked Baylor’s rotation was dwindled down to eight, maybe even seven with the padded cast . . .

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