Lady Bears sweep Jayhawks

Sophomore post Kalani Brown struggles with an Oklahoma State defender during the Lady Bears game on Feb. 17 at the Ferrell Center. Photo credit: Lariat File Photo

By Nathan Keil | Sports Writer

Another game, another win for the Lady Bears.

Baylor completed a season sweep over Kansas with a 92-43 victory Sunday in Lawrence, Kan. The Lady Bears used a balanced scoring attack that saw six players finish with double digits in the scoring column.

Baylor women’s basketball head coach Kim Mulkey said that her depth allows her to play lots of players and continue to have success on both ends of the floor.

“I’ve got enough depth where you challenge each of them to go out there and just keep rotating players in,” said Mulkey. “That’s the luxury that I have with this basketball team is that we’re pretty loaded at all positions.”

The Lady Bears raced out of the gate fast, scoring the first ten points against the Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse and never let off at the gas, building their lead to as large as 50 in the fourth quarter.

Sophomore post Kalani Brown led the balanced Lady Bears scoring attack with 17 points on five of six shooting from the field in just 17 minutes.

Baylor shot 56% from the field and hit five of its seven three-point attempts. Senior forward Nina Davis, redshirt senior guard Alexis Prince, freshman forward Lauren Cox, senior post Khadijah Cave and junior guard Kristy Wallace all finished in double figures as well for Baylor.

The Baylor defense limited Kansas to just 20% from the floor and controlled the glass by out-rebounding the Jayhawks 53-31. Redshirt junior Jessica Washington scored 15 points for Kansas while sophomore guard Kylee Kopatich chipped in with 11.

The loss drops Kansas to 6-11 overall and 0-6 in the conference. Brandon Schneider, Kansas women’s basketball head coach, believes the Lady Bears have the right team makeup to reach the Final Four.

“In my opinion, and I think as you talk to my counterparts around the Big 12, there’s a lot of people that believe that this is the best Baylor team that Coach Mulkey and her staff have assembled,” Schneider said. “And that’s saying a lot because they’ve won some national championships. I think that they’re obviously a Final Four favorite-caliber team.”

The Lady Bears improve to 17-1 overall and 6-0 in the Big 12. They return to action at 7 p.m. Wednesday against Iowa State at the Ferrell Center.

I agree I would like to have a player quote, but Baylor never posted any postgame quotes to go alongside the box score on their website. The quotes from Mulkey and Schneider were both pulled from the Associated Press. I can’t find any other quotes anywhere.