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.
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.
Baylor hosts Texas Tech on Friday
Texas hosts Iowa State on Friday