AMES, Iowa (AP) — Senior Fallon Ellis scored a career-high 18 points and unranked Iowa State stunned No. 3 Baylor 76-71 on Saturday, handing the Lady Bears their second straight loss after a 26-1 start.
Brynn Williamson added 17 for the Cyclones (18-10, 9-8 Big 12), who knocked off their second top-five opponent this season. Iowa State beat then-No. 3 Texas 59-57 on Jan. 10.
Baylor (26-3, 15-2), which trailed by as much as 10, got within 72-71 with 1:53 left. But Ellis picked up a steal after a Seanna Johnson layup, and Nikki Moody’s layup with 40 seconds left sealed it for the Cyclones.
Nina Davis scored 16 points for the Lady Bears, who dropped consecutive games for just the second time since 2010.
Baylor clinched its fifth straight Big 12 regular season title when it beat TCU last week — and promptly lost to Oklahoma on the road.
The Lady Bears committed six turnovers in less than seven minutes and went into halftime up 31-30 despite shooting 54 percent.
The Cyclones took control with a 14-2 run, jumping ahead 61-52 midway through the second half on back-to-back 3s from Ellis.
Ellis, who started her career day by singing the national anthem, was 6 of 9 from the floor. Her previous high was 11 points, which she scored five times this season.
Niya Johnson had 13 points and eight assists for Baylor.
BAYLOR: The Lady Bears beat Iowa State 79-47 in their first meeting in Waco. … Baylor was outrebounded 37-30, and it hit just two 3s.
IOWA STATE: Moody broke Iowa State’s record for career assists with 11 against Baylor. She now has 730 assists. … She also scored 13 points with a pair of steals.
Baylor closes the regular season at home against Texas Tech on Monday.
Iowa State plays at Kansas on Monday.
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