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No. 9 Baylor women beat No. 18 OSU in Big 12 semis

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 9, 2014 at 7:01 pm •  Published: March 9, 2014
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"I'm really proud of our team," Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell said. "I thought they competed very hard. Also disappointed because I felt like we had a chance to win the basketball game."

Baylor expected a tough matchup. The Lady Bears won both regular-season meetings, but Oklahoma State took it to overtime in Stillwater. OSU has never won a Big 12 tournament title and was trying to reach the final for just the second time.

Baylor opened the game on an 8-2 run, highlighted by a 3-pointer by Robertson. The Lady Bears remained in control throughout the first half and led 31-22 at the break after holding Oklahoma State to 27 percent shooting. Oklahoma State made just five of its 10 free throws in the first half and committed nine turnovers.

Bias went 1-for-6 from the field in the first half and sat out the last 4:57 after she committed her second foul. She picked up her third foul just 65 seconds into the second half.

After Sims made a jumper, OSU's Liz Donohoe scored her first points of the game on a 3-pointer, and Bias made a baseline jumper to cut Baylor's lead to 35-31.

Baylor withstood the charge, and Davis' 3-point play pushed the Lady Bears' lead back out to eight.

Bias committed her fourth foul with 8:36 to play, but she stayed in the game.

"Basically coach just told me to be smart, and as a player with four fouls you know you can't be as aggressive as you want to be," Bias said. "You have to be mentally tough and be sound on defense."

The Cowgirls cut Baylor's lead to 52-50 at one point, but got no closer. Mulkey said it was a typical Big 12 game, and she hopes the NCAA selection committee considers the league's balance when making decisions about seedings and selections.

"What you hope happens is the selection committee understands, 'Wow, let's look at this league they're in and how tough it is,' and give us a lot of good seeds."

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