Posted: Jan 19, 2014 3:32 PM
Updated: Jan 19, 2014 3:33 PM
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) Chelsea Gardner scored 28 points and Natalie Knight added 18 as Kansas upset No. 7 Baylor 76-60 Sunday.
The loss ended Baylor's 44-game winning streak in Big 12 regular-season games and was the Bears second straight loss overall after they fell to No. 1 Connecticut last week.
CeCe Harper added 10 points for Kansas (9-9. 2-4 Big 12), which defeated Baylor for the first time in nine games.
Odyssey Sims scored 31 points for the Bears (14-2, 4-1), but she was held to only 10 points in the second half as the Bears struggled shooting.
Niya Johnson added eight points for Baylor.
Sims made only 4 of 19 shots in the second half, and without her the Bears couldn't do much offensively.
Kansas took control of the game in the final 10 minutes. After Baylor took a 45-44 lead, Kansas went on a 32-15 run the rest of the game, highlighted by a layup and free throw from Harper to put Kansas up 12 with four minutes left.
While Baylor to make up for Sims' poor second half, Kansas received help from a variety of players.
Gardner gave Kansas the lead for good with a pair of free throws, and then Asia Boyd scored five straight points to give Kansas all the breathing room it needed for the rest of the game.
The Jayhawks shot 54 percent in the second half, while Baylor shot on 29 percent.
The Jayhawks and Bears are the only two Big 12 teams to reach the Sweet 16 in each of the past two seasons, but the teams have headed in opposite directions for most of this season.
On this afternoon, though, Kansas looked every bit like a team seasoned by tournament runs.
Baylor had an 11-point lead twice in first half, but Kansas cut into that margin both times, even briefly taking the lead after a 9-0 run late in the first half. Ieshia Small converted a layup just before halftime to give the Bears a 32-31 lead at the break.
Sims provided most of Baylor's offense in the first half, scoring 21 points.
Gardner had 13 at the half for Kansas.
The Bears shot 32 percent in the first half, while the Jayhawks shot 34 percent and the teams combined to go 4 of 18 from 3-point range.