STILLWATER, Okla. — Baylor returned to its typical dominance towards Oklahoma State.
Moon Ursin scored 20 factors and the ninth-ranked Woman Bears recovered from a uncommon loss to beat the Cowgirls 77-58 on Wednesday evening.
Baylor had gained 61 straight at residence earlier than falling to Iowa State on Saturday. That was Baylor’s first recreation in two weeks due to a pause in this system after coach Kim Mulkey examined optimistic for COVID-19.
The Woman Bears (9-2, 4-1 Large 12) bounced again and prevented their first back-to-back losses for the reason that 2014-15 season.
“That was loopy,” Ursin stated concerning the loss to Iowa State. “We’ve to be motivated this whole season. Whether or not we do it ourselves as a group, with our coaches — we’ve got to discover a strategy to maintain profitable ballgames doing one of the best we are able to. We’re not making an attempt to interrupt one other streak. We’re making an attempt to defend our territory and defend our Large 12 championship.”
Nalyssa Smith had 18 factors and 12 rebounds, and DiDi Richards added 11 factors, six rebounds and 7 assists for Baylor.
Ursin, a senior guard who entered the sport averaging 9.Four factors, made 7 of 14 pictures and had eight rebounds. She labored her means by way of this system, biding her time behind stars earlier than rising this season.
“That is an instance of the kind of athlete and the kind of pupil athlete you want extra of immediately,” Mulkey stated. “Most of them would bail out on you after one or two years, however Moon — she’s going to go down within the historical past of our program as one of many all-time favourite youngsters.”
The Woman Bears held the Cowgirls to 33% capturing and a season-low level whole. A part of the poor capturing was Baylor’s protection, and a part of it was the Cowgirls simply lacking pictures.
“We’ve simply received to have a greater perception in ourselves and play with extra poise, hit little pictures,” Oklahoma State coach Jim Littell stated. “It’s exhausting to get open pictures towards them, and whenever you do, you’ve received to hit your two-footers.”
Natasha Mack scored 21 factors, and Ja’Mee Asberry added 17 for Oklahoma State (9-5, 5-3), however Mack made 9 of 22 pictures and Asberry made 5 of 16.
“I’ll take that any day,” Mulkey stated.
Baylor held Oklahoma State to 30% capturing within the first half to take a 37-23 lead. Ursin scored 16 factors within the half on 5-for-Eight capturing, and made all 5 of her free throws. Baylor remained in management all through the second half, extending its result in 24 factors a number of occasions.
The Cowgirls misplaced their third straight after a 5-Zero convention begin.
“I assumed our youngsters performed slightly intimidated, misplaced some poise and composure,” Littell stated.
Baylor: The Woman Bears had been solely enjoying their third recreation of the brand new yr. The offense was a bit off early, however Baylor shot 58% within the second half.
Oklahoma State: It was a missed alternative for the Cowgirls, who entered the evening only a half recreation behind Iowa State within the convention standings.
Ursin fell two factors wanting her profession excessive.
“I may have saved her in there in there to get her profession excessive, however the child was extraordinarily fatigued,” Mulkey stated. “She gave you every part she had.”
Littell on Richards’ protection: “When you have got a DiDi Richards … that for my part, might be one of the best defensive participant within the nation. At 6-2, she will be able to guard from a 1 to a 5. She units the tone for them defensively.”
Baylor: Hosts Oklahoma on Saturday.
Oklahoma State: At Kansas State on Monday.
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