Norman, OK — A promising first quarter from the Oklahoma Sooners didn’t last long,as the No. 5 Baylor Lady Bears (15-1, 5-0 Big 12) defeated the Sooners (8-9, 3-3 Big 12) 74-52 at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman.
Baylor’s victory marked the 12th in a row for Kim Mulkey and her squad, along with a 5-0 start in Big-12 Conference play. A key factor in the game was the Lady Bears’ defensive effort, which handed the Sooners a season-low 27% from the field.
Oklahoma finished 15-of-56 from the field, while Baylor shot nearly 50 percent from the field (30-of-61). Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey referred to her team’s victory as an “ugly win”, despite defeating Oklahoma by more than 20 points.
“I thought our defense was pretty good,” Mulkey said. “We held them to less than 30 percent from the field for the game. So when it got ugly on one end just make sure you make it just as ugly on the other end.”
Oklahoma freshman Ana Llanusa led all scorers with 19 points, and scored 10 points in the first quarter alone. Dekeyia Cohen posted 16 points for Baylor, and Kristy Wallace contributed 15 points, which added her name to the 1,000 career points list. Natalie Chou also finished in double figures for Baylor with 12 points.
Baylor will move on to face Iowa State on the road Wednesday, and the Sooners will take on Kansas State Wednesday at Bramlage Coliseum.