Brown’s 35 points lead Baylor over Texas in key Big 12 win

Texas coach Karen Aston addresses a referee during the team's NCAA college baskettball game against Kansas State, during the first half Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in Austin, Texas. (Deborah Cannon/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Kalani Brown scored 35 points and No. 4 Baylor took a huge step toward another Big 12 title Monday night with a tough 70-67 win over No. 6 Texas.

Baylor trailed most of the way, but stayed close as Brown took the game on her shoulders. Her five straight points in the fourth quarter keyed a 9-0 Baylor run that opened up 65-56 lead.

The Lady Bears played most of the game without senior guard and scoring leader Alexis Jones, who left with a knee problem early in the first half. The Lady Bears didn’t make a 3-pointer the entire game but dominated inside, outscoring Texas 36-20 in the paint.

The win gives Baylor (26-2, 15-1) a one-game lead over Texas in the Big 12 with two games left for both teams Texas (21-6, 14-2) closed within three points three times in the final 35 seconds, but Brooke McCarty’s 3-pointer after a Baylor turnover bounced off the rim just before the final buzzer.

McCarty finished with 16 points for Texas, which dropped its second straight loss after a 19-game win streak.

BIG PICTURE

Baylor: Baylor avoided its first regular-season sweep by a Big 12 opponent since the 2009-2010 season and put itself in excellent position to earn at least a share of a seventh consecutive league championship.

Texas: The Longhorns will have to shake off letting this one get away. Over two games this season, Texas has only trailed the Lady Bears a total of four minutes but will need some help to win their first Big 12 title since 2004.

UP NEXT

Baylor hosts Texas Tech on Friday

Texas hosts Iowa State on Friday

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