No. 7 Baylor takes care of Oklahoma 81-67

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 3, 2014 at 9:10 pm •  Published: February 3, 2014
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NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Baylor seems to be hitting their stride after securing another Big 12 road win at Oklahoma.

"We're a much better and much improved team than we were three months ago," said Baylor coach Kim Mulkey. "I felt we were focused and I thought we came out and set the tone at the beginning of the game. It's a good win."

Freshman Nina Davis recorded a double-double in the first half and NCAA scoring leader Odyssey Sims recovered from a slow start to have 27 points as the Lady Bears maintained their hold on first place in the Big 12 with an 81-67 win over Oklahoma on Monday night. It was the seventh-ranked Lady Bears (19-3, 9-1 Big 12) fourth conference road victory in five tries this season and their seventh straight win overall against the Sooners.

Davis scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 13 minutes of play in the opening half. She finished with 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting and hauled in 14 rebounds including five offensive boards. Freshman Imani Wright scored 11 of her 15 points in the first half. She came into the game averaging 5.5 points.

Oklahoma (14-9, 5-5) kept the game close in the early going and managed to pull even on two occasions in the first half, but the Lady Bears never trailed in the game.

After Oklahoma had closed the gap to four at 27-23 with 6:51 left in the opening 20 minutes, Baylor went on a 16-1 run led by Sims, who didn't hit her first basket until the 12:12 mark of the first half. The 5-8 senior scored back to back buckets and a free throw in the middle of that run and the Lady Bears expanded the lead to 19 before settling for a 47-31 halftime advantage.

In the second half, Oklahoma mounted a comeback behind the shooting of Morgan Hook, who scored 14 of her team high 18 points after intermission. Hook's three-point shot with 11:03 left in the game cut Baylor's lead to 57-50, but that was as close as the Sooners could come the rest of the way. Hook hit 3-of-7 from three-point range, while the rest of her teammates could manage only 1-of-10.

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