WACO — At Baylor, where winning Big 12 championships and beating Texas are a given, it was business as usual Monday night at the Ferrell Center.
The Lady Bears have won or shared a piece of nine straight conference titles. The nation’s top-ranked team continued its mastery of Texas, beating the Longhorns for the 20th time in 21 games.
Monday’s final: Baylor 64, Texas 35.
The Lady Bears improved to 26-1, 16-0 in the Big 12. Texas is 21-7, 11-5.
Texas’ downfall coincided with the departure of Joyner Holmes, who missed the final eight minutes of the second quarter after collecting her second foul.
Baylor, leading 18-14 at the time, outscored the Longhorns 9-2 the rest of the way to take a 27-16 lead at the break. It’s was UT’s lowest scoring half of the year.
Texas went scoreless in the final 7:26 of the half.
Baylor extended several impressive streaks with the victory. It marked BU’s 39th consecutive Big 12, a streak that started after the Longhorns beat the Lady Bears 85-79 two years ago in Waco.
This was UT’s lowest point total of the season. The previous low came in a 67-49 loss to Mississippi State.
On one positive note, Texas owned a 46-44 rebounding edge in rebounds. It was the first time Baylor has lost the battle of the boards this season.
Texas will conclude its home schedule against Iowa State Saturday night at the Erwin Center.
NOTE: Baylor swept the two-game set against Texas, winning 74-68 earlier this month in Austin. … The Big 12 championship tournament is March 8-11 in Oklahoma City.
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