By Jeffrey Swindoll
The No. 3 Lady Bears completed the season sweep over Oklahoma State with a 69-52 win over the Cowgirls in Stillwater, Okla., on Wednesday night. Baylor (21-1, 10-0) grew its lead to a three-game difference in the Big 12 Conference as well as extended its winning streak to 20.
Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey got a great deal of offensive production from her veteran players. Sophomore forward Nina Davis earned yet another double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
Junior guard Niya Johnson showed some of her own scoring flare with 10 points, shooting a perfect 4-4 from the field. Johnson also added five assists and committed just two turnovers.
In addition to Johnson’s perfect night of shooting, sophomore guard Imani Wright was also lethal with the ball in her hands. Wright made six of her 11 attempts, including one three-pointer.
Senior post Sune Agbuke had another strong outing for the Lady Bears. She is invaluable to the Lady Bears as a rebounder and overall defensive presence, but, against Oklahoma State, Agbuke demonstrated her scoring abilities, earning 10 points. Agbuke also grabbed nine rebounds, only behind Davis in that category.
Mulkey emphasized that her team could not be outrebounded by the Cowgirls for the second meeting in a row. The Lady Bears heeded her words, winning the rebound battle 40-32.
Baylor was effective at stifling Oklahoma State’s post players, forcing the Cowgirls to play from the perimeter. OSU’s perimeter players, Liz Donohoe, Brittney Martin and Roshunda Johnson found success with their shooting, but their teammates did not make much of a contribution to keep the Cowgirls in the game.
Donohoe finished with seven points. Martin, the game’s leading scorer, scored 16 points and Roshunda Johnson scored 13 points.
The Lady Bears were never out of control of the game on Wednesday and are in complete control of the Big 12 at this point. Baylor ends its two-game road trip in Austin against the Longhorns at 1 p.m. Sunday.