OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — The Lady Bears dominated their quarterfinal match-up against Texas Tech Saturday in Oklahoma City for their first game of the Big 12 Women's Basketball Tournament, 100-61.
Baylor started off a bit sloppy and slow, finishing the first quarter leading 18-10.
But, the second quarter was a different story.
You could hear Head Coach Kim Mulkey urging her players to pick up the pace and push the ball up the floor. Baylor responded and scored several big buckets in transition to start to pull away.
Lauren Cox, Kalani Brown and NaLyssa Smith all went into the locker room at half with eight points. Baylor was leading 45-25 at half.
Cox also played a huge factor on defense, coming up with three big blocks.
But, the headline of the second quarter was the fact Baylor shut out Tech in two categories: points in the paint and points off the bench. The Lady Bears won the battle in the paint 36-0, and off the bench, 19-0.
Transition buckets was the name of the game for Baylor in the third. Mulkey and her team went into the final quarter leading 72-44.
True freshman played the majority of the fourth quarter for the Lady Bears, allowing starters a chance to rest before their semifinal game Sunday at 2 p.m. against Kansas State.
The Wildcats beat West Virginia Saturday morning 72-59. Peyton Williams led that charge with 22 points.