The Streak Continues

On Monday nigh the #1 Baylor Lady Bears (24-1, 11-0) overcame opening the game 0/8 from the field and the second half 1/13 to come back and defeat the #5 Texas A&M Lady Aggies 67-58. After being limited to just 3 points in the first half, Brittney Griner put on a clinic in the second half, dropping in 23 to lead the Lady Bears comeback.

It took exactly 6 minutes for the Lady Bears to connect on a field goal to start the game. While for most teams that would spell disaster, Baylor had no choice but to tighten it up on the defensive end. When Brooklyn Pope finally connected on a layup, it cut the Lady Aggies lead to 6-5. The entire first half was a back and forth battle, with both Griner and Danielle Adams (the Lady Aggies' and one of the nation's best players) being kept uncharacteristically quiet. The two teams went to halftime locked up at 29 all.

A&M's Tyra White, who led all players with 29 points, got the Lady Aggies going in the second half by connecting on a two-point jumper, which led to a quick Kim Mulkey timeout. As the second half went on, the Lady Aggies began to pull away. Baylor would take bad shots and allow the Lady Ags to pull down offensive rebounds. With 10:12 remaining, Sydney Carter connected on a three-point shot to extend A&M's lead to 47-38.

Then, Griner caught fire.

Freshman point guard Odyssey Sims found Griner for a layup to cut the lead to 7. Griner led the comeback, helping the Lady Bears to tie the game up with 5:52 remaining. It wasn't until 3:04 remaining that Baylor pulled ahead for good on a Griner layup to pull ahead 57-56. It was up to Sims (who finished the game with 22 points of her own) to put the game away for good, hitting clutch free throws in the closing minutes.

The Lady Bears are now in great position to lock up the Big 12 regular season title, sitting at a perfect 11-0 in conference play. Baylor will be back in action Saturday in Lubbock against Texas Tech at 12:30.

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