AUSTIN (AP) — Moon Ursin scored 20 points and top-ranked Baylor held off a furious fourth-quarter rally by No. 14 Texas to get a tough 74-68 win Monday night and put a huge gap between the Lady Bears and the rest of the league in their chase for a ninth consecutive Big 12 championship.
Baylor was in control and leading 61-42 to start the fourth quarter before the Longhorns stormed back with a 20-6 run that cut the lead to five. Danni Williams made two 3-pointers and a layup off a mid-court steal in an eight-point burst.
The Lady Bears finally put the game away with Chloe Jackson’s two free throws with 8 seconds left.
Kalani Brown scored 13 of her 15 in the second half for Baylor (20-1, 10-0 Big 12).
Sug Sutton and Williams each scored 19 for Texas (18-5, 8-3).
Baylor has won 19 of the last 20 matchups with Texas, and hasn’t lost in Austin since 2010. The Lady Bears also notched their 32nd consecutive Big 12 regular season road win. This latest one gives Baylor a three-game lead in the Big 12.
Baylor clinched last season’s title on Texas’ home court and wore green and gold championship caps after leaving the court were looking for another romp until Texas rallied. It was just the second time in 10 games a Big 12 opponent has stayed within 10 points of Baylor.
Baylor: Brown, who has owned Texas in past games, found tough going in the first half while facing double- and triple-team defenders under the basket. She didn’t take a shot in the first half but was a force in the third quarter with 11 points as Baylor made her the first option on offense.
Texas: The Longhorns hit a barrage of 3-pointers early that kept the Baylor from running away with the game in the first half. Texas was 7 of 10 in the first two quarters but just 4 of 17 inside the arc. Sutton’s fourth 3-pointer of the half came over two defenders as time expired. Williams’ two 3-pointers the fourth quarter were the only ones Texas make in the second half.
Baylor hosts TCU on Saturday
Texas plays at Kansas on Saturday