Women’s College Basketball Roundup: No. 4 Baylor women win 14th straight

WACO, Texas (AP) — Kalani Brown had 33 points and 19 rebounds, Lauren Cox scored 16 points with a career-high 19 rebounds and No. 4 Baylor stretched its winning streak to 14 games with a 75-50 victory over Kansas State on Saturday.

The Lady Bears (17-1, 7-0 Big 12) and their big post players overcame a sluggish start, going ahead to stay with a 10-0 run to end the first quarter. Baylor also scored the final 10 points before halftime.

Kayla Goth had 22 points for Kansas State (11-8, 3-5), which has lost 28 straight games against Baylor and was outrebounded 69-24.

Freshman Alexis Morris added 12 points for Baylor, including a couple of 3-pointers on plays called by coach Kim Mulkey.

The Lady Bears had six turnovers in the game’s first 6 1/2 minutes, with K-State trapping and doing all it could to keep the ball out of the hands of the 6-foot-7 Brown and 6-4 Cox. That only worked so long.

Baylor got even at 9-all on a three-point play by Brown, who reacted emphatically by slapping her hands together after making the basket before the tying free throw. Brown then made a tiebreaking layup to put the Lady Bears ahead to stay.

No. 17 West Virginia 69, Iowa State 59

AMES, Iowa — Teana Muldrow had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and No. 17 West Virginia pulled away in the second quarter and cruised to a victory over Iowa State to snap a two-game skid.

The Mountaineers (16-4, 4-4 Big 12 Conference) rebounded from a six-point loss at No. 24 Oklahoma State on Wednesday, and a 76-74 home loss to TCU on Jan. 13. Iowa State (8-11, 2-6) has lost six of its last seven games.

Muldrow was 10-of-19 shooting, and the senior forward collected her 10th double-double of the season. Chania Ray added 14 points, and Naomi Davenport had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Mountaineers outscored Iowa State 20-12 in the second quarter on its way to a 36-23 halftime advantage. Muldrow finished with 13 points in the first half, and converted a 3-point play and followed it with a 3-pointer to stretch West Virginia’s lead to 21 points late in the third.

Emily Durr had 15 points and Bridget Carleton chipped in 11 for the Cyclones.

No. 19 Michigan 86, Illinois 42

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Katelynn Flaherty scored 27 points, Hailey Brown and Hallie Thome had double-doubles and No. 19 Michigan continued the best start in school history with a win over Illinois.

Brown had 17 points and 14 rebounds and Thome had 13 points and 11 rebounds to give the Wolverines (17-4, 6-2 Big Ten) two players with double-doubles in the same game since November of 2014. Nicole Munger added 14 points.

After the Illini (9-12, 0-7) scored the first five points of the game, Michigan went on a 21-2 run that included back-to-back 3-pointers by Flaherty, who was 5 of 8 behind the arc. It was 24-12 after one quarter and 37-24 at the half before a 17-2 burst to open the third quarter.

Michigan made 9 of 17 3s and 33 of 66 overall plus 11 of 14 free throws.

Illinois was 18 of 26 (27 percent), 5 of 21 behind the arc and 1 of 3 from the line. Also 21 turnovers led to 31 Michigan points.

No. 23 Green Bay 81, Oakland 48

ROCHESTER, Mich. — Jessica Lindstrom scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds and No. 23 Green Bay used a 28-3 run in the second half to roll to a win over Oakland for its sixth-straight win.

Allie LeClaire added 12 points for the Phoenix (17-2, 7-1 Horizon League).

Green Bay led 36-26 at the half and was up 39-29 when LeClaire made a layup. That started a run of eight straight points before Taylor Jones scored for Oakland, followed by eight more before a Jones free throw. The Phoenix scored the last five points of the third quarter and the first seven of the fourth quarter for a 65-32 lead with 7:13 remaining.

In that 8¢ minutes, Green Bay went 10 for 12 while the Grizzlies (10-9, 3-5) were 1 for 11.

The Phoenix finished 11 of 20 from distance and shot 59 percent overall to 28 percent for Oakland.

Sha’Keya Graves had 16 points for Oakland.

No. 24 Oklahoma State 70, Oklahoma 67

NORMAN, Okla. — Kaylee Jensen scored 29 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for her 37th career double-double and No. 24 Oklahoma State beat Oklahoma to claim a Bedlam sweep.

Oklahoma missed a 3-pointer with eight seconds left and Jensen grabbed the rebound but she was called for travelling. The Sooners turned it over on an inbound pass and freshman Braxtin Miller made two free throws with one second left for a three-point lead.

Miller finished with 13 points for Oklahoma State (14-4, 5-2 Big 12). Maria Castro made all three of her 3-pointers for nine points as the Cowgirls were 10 of 18 from distance. Jensen, averaging 22.2 points and 12.2 rebounds in conference play, was 10 of 20 from the field and 7 of 9 at the line.

Freshman Shaina Pellington had a season-high 26 points with six rebounds and three assists for Oklahoma (9-10, 4-4). It was her fifth 20-plus game of the season for the most points by an OU freshman since Aaryn Ellenberg in 2011. Vionise Pierre-Louis added 14 points, 20 boards and three assists for her sixth double-double of the season.

By Paul Wager

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