No. 1 Baylor defeats Oklahoma State 81-62
BY Staff and Wire reports
Sunday, February 03, 2013
2/03/13 at 7:06 AM
STILLWATER - The No. 19 Oklahoma State women were no match for top-ranked Baylor and Brittney Griner, whose 30 points, 10 rebounds and career-high seven assists led the Lady Bears to an 81-62 victory.
Baylor (20-1, 10-0 Big 12) took control with an 18-2 run immediately after coach Kim Mulkey called timeout and put her starters back on the floor with 10:03 remaining, just after Liz Donohoe's scoop shot put the Cowgirls (15-5, 4-5) on top 21-16.
Griner had three baskets and also assisted on a 3-pointer by Jordan Madden and a Kimetria Hayden layup during the stretch, which featured two shot-clock violations by OSU.
Odyssey Sims stretched the lead to 34-23 with a steal that led to a three-point play, and Baylor stretched its lead to 18 by scoring the first seven points after halftime.
Donohoe led the Cowgirls with 24 points, one off her season best.
Oklahoma State scored 14 of its first 19 points in the second half off of second chances, keeping it just close enough that Mulkey could never get her starters much rest. Griner came out once, but was back up off the bench less than a minute later when the Cowgirls got layups from Toni Young and Donohoe to pull within 62-49.
As she did much of the game, Griner effortlessly caught a lob in the lane, turned around and sank a mid-range jumper with no one tall enough to really contest the high pass or her shot. She then pitched the ball out to Odyssey Sims for a 3-pointer and the Bears' lead was back up to 69-53.
Baylor led by double digits throughout the second half en route to its 19th straight win, and has won each of its Big 12 games by at least 15 points.
Sims finished with 15 points and nine assists, and Madden scored 11.
Tiffany Bias chipped in 13 points and Brittney Martin had 12 rebounds for Oklahoma State.
Oklahoma State guard Brittney Martin knocks the ball away from Baylor forward Brooklyn Pope during Saturday's game in Stillwater. SUE OGROCKI/Associated Press