Posted: Mar 2, 2014 3:42 PM
Updated: Mar 2, 2014 3:43 PM
WACO, Texas (AP) Averee Fields stole an errant pass and drove for a go-ahead layup with 12 seconds left and No. 11 West Virginia beat No. 6 Baylor 71-69 Sunday, the Lady Bears' first conference home loss in four years.
West Virginia (26-3, 15-2) won its ninth consecutive game to match Baylor for the Big 12 lead with one game left in the regular season.
Odyssey Sims, the nation's leading scorer, had 39 points in her final regular-season home game. But the senior guard also her first career 10-turnover game, including the pass that Fields got in the Baylor end of the court, before Sims then missed a last shot.
Baylor (25-4, 15-2) had won 35 consecutive Big 12 home games since losing their final regular-season game of the 2009-10 season to Texas.
The Lady Bears can still clinch at least a share of its fourth consecutive conference title with a win Tuesday night at Iowa State. West Virginia, in only its second Big 12 season, plays at home against Kansas that night.
Asya Bussie had 21 points for the Mountaineers before fouling out with 47 seconds left. Sims made both free throws for a 69-68 lead.
The Mountaineers then turned the ball over when Crystal Leary was called for a charge that was drawn by Sune Agbuke. That led to the game-deciding play.
Sims had the ball and was making a move when she tried to make a pass. The ball went to Fields, who drove for a layup that made it 70-69.
Baylor still had another chance, but Sims missed a jumper. Freshman Nina Davis grabbed her 16th rebound, but lost control of the ball out of bounds with 1.4 seconds left. Linda Stepney made a free throw after being fouled.
Christal Caldwell had 17 points for West Virginia, and Bria Holmes 12.
Davis had 12 points and her 10th double-double for the Lady Bears, who had won 11 in a row overall.
West Virginia never led until Caldwell made a 3-pointer from the left side near her bench to make it 61-58 with 5:20 left.
But Baylor quickly got even when Sims pushed the ball up court and made a long pass to Makenzie Robertson in the right corner near the Baylor bench for a 3-pointer, the senior starter's only made basket in the game.
The lead changed six times after that.
West Virginia shot 50 percent (27 of 54), only the second opponent to make half its shots against the Lady Bears since an NCAA tournament loss in 2006. The Mountaineers joined Stanford as the only teams to shoot 50 percent against Baylor in a span of 282 games.
Sims banged her right shoulder hard with 1:44 left in the first half, and was on the court writhing in pain. She got up and went to the locker room, but was on the court at halftime for recognition of the Lady Bears' three seniors and then scored their first nine points after halftime.
Sims and Robertson are 66-3 in Big 12 regular-season games and 133-9 overall. They were part of the 40-0 national championship team two years ago.