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College Women’s Basketball: Baylor Streak at 17

  • Baylor guard Alexis Jones drivers up court against West Virginia in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Waco, Texas. Baylor won 79-73. (Rod Aydelotte/Waco Tribune-Herald via AP) Rod Aydelotte

  • West Virginia guard Tynice Martin (5) looks to shoot as Baylor forward/center Kalani Brown (21) defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson) Jerry Larson

  • West Virginia forward Kristina King (13) and Baylor forward Nina Davis (13) vie for a loose ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson) Jerry Larson

  • West Virginia forward Kristina King (13) scores past Baylor forward Lauren Cox (15) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson) Jerry Larson

  • West Virginia guard Chania Ray (12) shoots past Baylor forward/center Kalani Brown (21) and Baylor forward Nina Davis (13) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson) Jerry Larson

  • West Virginia forward Kristina King (13) reaches for the loose ball against Baylor forward/center Beatrice Mompremier (32) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Jerry Larson) Jerry Larson

Published: 1/21/2017 11:58:30 PM
Modified: 1/21/2017 11:58:33 PM

Waco, Texas — Alexis Jones scored 16 points while playing with a swollen and blackened right eye as second-ranked Baylor stretched its winning streak to 17 games with a 79-73 win Saturday over 24th-ranked West Virginia.

Baylor (19-1, 8-0 Big 12) has won 54 consecutive games at home since a loss to the Mountaineers on March 2, 2014.

West Virginia (15-5, 3-5) scored seven straight points in the fourth quarter, with Katrina Pardee making a jumper and then a 3-pointer with just under 6 minutes left to cut the gap to 65-61.

But Alexis Prince then made a layup after chasing down the loose ball of her own missed 3 for Baylor. Jones, who was head-butted by an Iowa State player in Wednesday night’s game, stretched the lead to a jumper and finished with 7-of-14 shooting.

Nina Davis had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Kalani Brown scored 13 points for Baylor. Prince finished with 10 points, six rebound and five assists.

Teana Muldrow had 20 points and eight rebounds to lead West Virginia. Tynice Martin scored 18 points, while Pardee had 13 and Chania Ray 11.

The Mountaineers were certainly improved over their home game against Baylor 2½ weeks ago, when they lost 91-56.

They didn’t falter after falling behind by 11 early in the fourth quarter. There were three ties and four lead changes in the game’s face-paced first 13 minutes, though WVU never led after that. Mountaineers 6-foot-5 center Lanay Montgomery, who came in averaging 12.5 points and 10.0 rebounds a game, finished with two points and five rebounds.

After winning their first seven Big 12 games by an average margin of 35 points, and none closer than 23, the Lady Bears never panicked and never seemed to have any real sense after halftime that they might lose at home.

Baylor has won 25 consecutive Big 12 regular-season games.

No. 12 Texas 77Texas Tech 57

Lubbock, Texas — Joyner Holmes scored 13 points and grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds to lead No. 12 Texas to a victory over Texas Tech for its 12th straight win.

Texas extends its program-best Big 12 Conference start to 8-0. The Longhorns opened conference play 5-0 three times, the latest during the 2015-16 season.

Brooke McCarty had 14 points and Ariel Atkins added 13 for Texas (14-4, 8-0), which swept the season series against Texas Tech (11-7, 3-4) for the fourth consecutive year.

Jada Terry scored 15 points to lead the Red Raiders, who have lost two straight by double digits. Dayo Olabode added 10 points.

Texas had a double-digit lead late in the first quarter and built a 42-26 halftime lead.

The Longhorns had their largest lead, 74-47 with six minutes to play.


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