Brooklyn Pope leads Baylor to rout of Cowgirls

Pope scored 18 points and the Lady Bears rolled to an 83-49 victory.
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Published: January 6, 2013
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photo - Baylor's Brittney Griner (42) pressures Oklahoma State's Liz Donahoe (4) during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/The Waco Tribune-Herald, Rod Aydelotte) ORG XMIT: TXWAC101
Baylor's Brittney Griner (42) pressures Oklahoma State's Liz Donahoe (4) during the first half of their NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/The Waco Tribune-Herald, Rod Aydelotte) ORG XMIT: TXWAC101

“I never worry about it because I've come to learn that the only thing that matters is championships in your conferences, a good seed in the NCAA tournament,” said Mulkey, who picked up her 350th career win on Sunday. “You don't have to be ranked number one to get a number one seed or to even be the overall number one seed. I think the (NCAA) selection committee uses it as a gauge, but because you're number one in the country doesn't mean you're going to be the number one seed. I don't put much stock in it, other than it might bring a little recognition to your school, your program.”

The Lady Bears opened the second half with a 20-3 run to take a 62-29 lead with just over 12 minutes left. Sims started the run with a steal and layup for the first basket of the half. She made another layup on an out-of-bounds play and Griner scored five during the stretch which saw Oklahoma State go scoreless for five minutes until Donahoe hit a 3 with 11:55 to play.

Baylor took a 23-15 lead on a Pope layup with an assist from Sims. Oklahoma State answered with a 8-0 run that included three layups from Tiffany Bias and a pair of free throws by Donahoe that tied the game with 10:07 left in the first half.

From there, Baylor went on a 15-2 run that was sparked by a 3 from Sims and ended with a 3-point play by Sims that put Baylor up 38-25 with 3:47 remaining.

Before the game, the Washington Redskins playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks was broadcast on the video board above the court. While waiting for tipoff, fans were able to watch Baylor graduate Robert Griffin III.

Fortunately for Baylor fans, the Redskins' game was turned off before Griffin got hurt in the fourth quarter and Washington's 24-14 loss.

Griffin's status was the first thing Mulkey mentioned in her postgame media conference. “I want to start by asking about Robert Griffin,” she said. “They didn't act like it was an ACL?”