From the minute I saw that Texas and Baylor were playing, I liked the matchup. Baylor dominated Texas at home and while the game in Austin was close, Baylor still came away the victors and looked good. Tonight was no different.
Baylor set the tone quickly and jumped to a 6-0 lead and never surrendered the lead. The two teams played close for the first half and it seemed as if the teams were trading scoring spats, Baylor never able to pull away consistently and Texas continually clawing back. Nina Davis played a key role in the first half, scoring 12 of her 16 points in the first 16 minutes. The half finally ended with Baylor up 40-35.
In the second half, Texas chose to focus on Nina Davis, limiting her to 2 points. However, with this Baylor team, we have learned that you cannot focus on a single player and have success. Tonight, it was Alexis Prince who stepped up, scoring 10 of her 13 points in the second half. Baylor started off strong and never let off the gas. Once it took a double digit lead with 16:38 remaining, the Lady Bears never let the lead fall below double digit again for the remainder of the game. Baylor's biggest lead came with just 1:19 remaining in the game, leading 75-55. With :56 remaining Coach Mulkey took a substitution timeout and cleared the bench for the remainder of the game. Texas chose to continue to press and foul with their starters and managed to score 9 points in the last minute to make the score look closer than it did.
This game saw 4 Baylor players scoring in double figures. Nina Davis finished with a double double, scoring 16 points and pulling down 11 boards. Sune Agbuke had 10 points and 8 rebounds. Alexis Prince had 13 points, and Imani Wright at 14 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. In addition, Niya Johnson had 7 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds, Khadijiah Cave scored 8 points and Kristy Wallace scored 7 points. Nina Davis was awarded the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament and her tournament point total (75) was the 5th most in tournament history. Niya Johnson and Alexis Prince rounded out the Baylor players on the All-Tournament Team.