OKLAHOMA CITY — Kalani Brown tallied 20 points and eight rebounds on Monday as the No. 2-ranked Baylor women (31-1, 18-0 Big 12) defeated in-state rival No. 8 Texas (26-6, 15-3) by a score of 77-69 to take sole ownership of the Big 12 crown.
Brown, a 6-foot-7 junior center from Slidell, La., completed 9 of 13 field goals to lead the Bears, while freshman guard Alexis Morris added 19 points and sophomore forward Lauren Cox nearly netted a triple-double with 13 points, 12 rebounds, 7 blocks and 4 assists. Texas had four scorers in double figures, led by junior guard Lashann Higgs' 20-point, seven-rebound effort. Brooke McCarty (16), Jatari White (12 on 6-for-8 shooting) and Ariel Atkins (12) also hit double digits for the Longhorns.
Baylor hit 47.5 percent of its field goals compared to Texas' 34.2-percent mark and was money at the charity striple, hitting 17 of 21 free throws to all but lock up the second No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament behind an unbeaten UConn team that went on a historic 38-0 run Monday night against Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference semifinals en route to a 75-21 victory.
Prior to last season, Baylor had won six straight Big 12 women's tournament championships. However, the sixth-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers upset the Bears 77-66 in 2017 to snap that streak. The Bears lead all Big 12 schools with 11 appearances in the conference championship game, tallying a 9-3 record during that time. The Bears have also won every regular season title since 2012 under coach Kim Mulkey.