No. 5 Baylor Beats No. 22 Oklahoma State
Jan. 17, 2009
WACO, Texas (AP) -Jessica Morrow and Melissa Jones hit consecutive 3-pointers for fifth-ranked Baylor just after No. 22 Oklahoma State grabbed the lead, and the Lady Bears then pulled away for a 75-57 victory Saturday night.
The 3s by Morrow and Jones were the first of 12 consecutive points that were part of a 22-3 run that put the Lady Bears (15-1, 3-0 Big 12) in control and on way to their ninth consecutive victory.
Jones led Baylor with 18 points.
Andrea Riley, who had a game-high 33 points, put the Cowgirls (12-4, 1-2) ahead 38-37 when she grabbed a defensive rebound and drove the length of the court for a layup with 17:17 left. Morrow and Jones then hit their 3s.
By time Riley scored again nearly 8 minutes later, Oklahoma State trailed by 15.
Morghan Medlock's two free throws with 10:19 left capped Baylor's game-turning spurt, with Medlock scoring eight of the last 10 points.
Medlock finished with 14 points, while Danielle Wilson had 14 points and 12 rebounds, her sixth double-double in eight games. Morrow had 11 points.
The Lady Bears won their second straight game over a top 25 opponent, having defeated No. 20 Ioa State 68-57 on Wednesday. They play four of their next six games against ranked teams, starting Wednesday at No. 8 Texas A&M.
Baylor has won 27 of its last 28 home games, the only loss in that span being to Oklahoma State in last year's regular season finale that denied the Lady Bears a share of the Big 12 title.
Jones had a bank shot and a 3-pointer on consecutive possessions before halftime to put the Lady Bears up 30-22.
Oklahoma State then ended the half with a 9-3 run, and had a chance to at least tie the game after Wilson's free throw with 31.7 seconds left made it 33-31. Riley waited in the backcourt for time to run off the clock, then after finally making her move to the basket lost control of the ball and the shot clock expired.
Riley had an assist and scored five points early in the second half to push the Cowgirls ahead, but that lead last only a few seconds.
The Cowgirls won eight straight games before losing their Big 12 opener at Iowa State, which they followed with a 36-point victory over Colorado.
Riley had two turnovers in a 35-second span before Wilson's putback basket for Baylor tied the game at 7-7. Riley then lost the ball out of bounds on a drive on the next Cowgirls possession.
Baylor led throughout - except for those few seconds after Riley's go-ahead basket - after Morrow twirled between two defenders and was fouled while making a layup. She added the free throw for a 10-7 lead.