LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Nina Davis had 24 points and 14 rebounds, Imani Wright added 16 points and No. 3 Baylor held off the pesky Kansas Jayhawks to win 71-63 on Saturday.
Chelsea Gardner added 17 points and freshman Lauren Aldridge finished with 14 points for Kansas (9-9, 0-5).
Baylor (16-1, 5-0) charged out to a 6-0 lead to start the game, with the first four points of the game coming from Niya Johnson. Kansas would cut Baylor’s lead to three with a three-point bucket from Terriell Bradley, but that was the closest Kansas would come until later in the first half.
With nine minutes left in the first half, Wright drove home a layup that spurred an 11-2 run that put Kansas down by 11 points.
Kansas had some life after freshman Lauren Aldridge hit a 3-pointer with three minutes left to play, but Baylor took the momentum to the locker room after Davis hit her second free throw before time expired.
That momentum didn’t last long. Baylor started out the second half shooting 1 of 7, while Kansas shot a perfect 3 of 3, cutting the once 12-point deficit to four.
The Lady Bears and the Jayhawks went shot for shot from the charity stripe, with Baylor’s lead going between five and seven points.
Once Kansas had Baylor’s lead dwindled down to at least six, it stayed below that mark for the majority of the remainder of the game.
Halfway through the second half, Kansas darted on a 7-2 run, capped by a jumper from Gardner that put Baylor up by just one.
Baylor quickly regrouped and extended its lead to four, and locked down on defense.
Any hope of Kansas pulling off the upset ended as Gardner fouled out with three minutes left to play, and when Manning-Allen fouled out with 1:30 remaining.
Once they were off the court, Kansas couldn’t regain its footing.
Kansas: Kansas continues its conference woes. The loss to Baylor was its sixth straight conference loss, dating back to last season.
Baylor: With the win over Kansas, Baylor is on a 15-game win streak.
Kansas travels to Texas Tech on Wednesday.
Baylor hosts Texas on Monday.
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