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No. 9 Baylor defeats No. 18 OSU in Big 12 semis

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CLIFF BRUNT | March 9, 2014 05:17 PM EST | AP

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Nina Davis scored 18 points and Odyssey Sims added 17 to help No. 9 Baylor defeat No. 18 Oklahoma State 65-61 in the Big 12 women's semifinals Sunday

Davis made 8 of 13 shots and had 12 rebounds. Sims, the Big 12 Player of the Year, shot 6 of 22 but made a critical shot with about 1:30 to play that put the Lady Bears ahead by six. The Lady Bears (28-4) advanced to Monday's final and can win their fourth consecutive conference title.

Brittney Martin had 11 points and 15 rebounds for Oklahoma State (23-8), but she made 4 of 16 shots. Tiffany Bias, OSU's leading scorer, finished with nine points on 3-for-11 shooting and played with foul trouble for most of the game.

Baylor outrebounded Oklahoma State 47-39 and held the Cowgirls to 36 percent shooting.

Baylor expected a tough matchup. The Lady Bears won both regular-season meetings, but Oklahoma State took it to overtime in Stillwater. OSU has never won a title and was trying to reach the final for just the second time.

Baylor opened the game on an 8-2 run, highlighted by a 3-pointer by Makenzie Robertson. The Lady Bears remained in control throughout the first half and led 31-22 at the break after holding Oklahoma State to 27 percent shooting. Oklahoma State made just five of its 10 free throws in the first half and committed nine turnovers.

Bias went 1-for-6 from the field in the first half and sat out the last 4:57 after she committed her second foul. She picked up her third foul just 65 seconds into the second half.

After Sims made a jumper, OSU's Liz Donohoe scored her first points of the game on a 3-pointer, and Bias made a baseline jumper to cut Baylor's lead to 35-31.

Baylor withstood the charge, and Davis' 3-point play pushed the Lady Bears' lead back out to eight.

Bias committed her fourth foul with 8:36 to play, but she stayed in the game. The Cowgirls cut Baylor's lead to 52-50 at one point, but got no closer.


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