Posted: Feb 24, 2014 7:37 PM
Updated: Feb 24, 2014 7:37 PM
WACO, Texas (AP) Odyssey Sims scored 38 points and Nina Davis added 28 points and 14 rebounds to help No. 6 Baylor beat Oklahoma 96-89 on Monday night.
Makenzie Robertson added 11 points for the Lady Bears (25-3, 15-1 Big 12).
Baylor led by 32 points in the second half before Oklahoma cut it to 93-87 with 37 seconds. The Sooners (17-12, 8-8) could have made it closer, but Aaryn Ellenberg's shot bounced off the rim and Davis grabbed the rebound.
Ellenberg, who finished with 29 points, was playing her first game since suffering a concussion against Oklahoma State on Feb. 16.
Sims, the nation's leading scorer at nearly 30 points a game, was 12-of-27 from the field and 10 of 15 from the free throw line.
No. 16 NEBRASKA 94, No. 8 PENN STATE 74
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Tear'a Laudermill scored 22 of her career-high 27 points and made six of her seven 3-pointers in the first half, and Nebraska defeated Penn State to stay alive in the Big Ten race.
The Cornhuskers (21-5, 11-3) extended their winning streak to a season-best eight games and pulled within a half-game of the two-time defending champion Lady Lions (21-6, 12-3). The Huskers have two games remaining in the regular season and the Lady Lions have one.
The surprisingly easy win came after a 3-point shooting performance that was best in Division I this season, according to STATS. The Huskers finished 16 of 22 from beyond the arc, a 72.7-percent clip. The school record for 3s is 17.
The Huskers made 11 of 14 3-pointers in the first half. The 78.6-percent accuracy was best by a major-conference team in a half this season and No. 2 in Division I behind Alabama State's 81.8 percent (9 of 11) against Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
No. 21 MICHIGAN STATE 75, MINNESOTA 61
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Tori Jankoska scored 16 of her 21 points in the first half, including four 3-pointers, as Michigan State beat Minnesota.
Michigan State got out to a 16-point first half lead, after making 6 of 9 3-pointers, and led by double-digits for the first 16 minutes of the second half.
The Spartans (19-8, 11-3 Big Ten) are now tied in the conference loss column with No. 16 Nebraska and No. 8 Penn State.
Michigan State's leading scorer, freshman Aerial Powers, fouled out with 8:59 left in the second half, and finished with seven points.
The Big Ten scoring leader, Rachel Banham, scored 31 points, on 11-of-29 shooting, for Minnesota (17-11, 6-8).
Jankoska's first 3-pointer gave MSU a 16-7 lead. Later, Branndais Agee made Michigan State's sixth 3-pointer to open up a 34-18 advantage.
Michigan State has now won seven of the last eight meetings with Minnesota.