OKLAHOMA CITY — Baylor went on a 12-5 run after Texas coach Karen Aston was whistled for a technical foul with 1:43 to play and the Lady Bears earned a 77-69 victory and the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament.
Baylor led Texas 65-64 when Aston picked up the technical foul. Lauren Cox, who had been fouled on the play, calmly hit four free throws. Texas would get no closer.
Lashann Higgs scored 20 points for Texas (26-6). Game MVP Kalani Brown of Baylor also had 20.
It was a fitting end to a conference tournament that had been filled with blowouts and lackluster play.
In one of the most well played halves of basketball for Texas this season, the Longhorns traded baskets in the first half with a furious pace. Higgs had 14 points in the period to help give Texas the lead, but BU led at halftime 35-33 when Brown banked in a shot with 4 seconds left in the half.
Higgs, a junior, was 5 for 8 from the field in the half, 2 of 2 behind the three-point line.
Baylor led for the entire second half until Brooke McCarty nailed a three-pointer from the top of the key with 5 minutes to play to give Texas a 58-57 edge.
Ariel Atkins and Brooke McCarty made the All-Tournament Team.
This was the third time Baylor and Texas have met this year. The Lady Bears won 81-56 in Waco, 93-87 in Austin.
The 64-team NCAA Tournament field will be unveiled next Monday on ESPN.
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