WACO, Texas (AP) — With Niya Johnson passing at a record pace and Nina Davis scoring almost at will, No. 3 Baylor is well on the way to a fifth consecutive Big 12 title.
Johnson set a Big 12 single-game record with 17 assists, all without committing a turnover, and Davis had 31 points as the Lady Bears stretched their winning streak to 22 games with an 89-66 win over second-place Oklahoma on Wednesday night.
“I had no idea. They handed me that stat sheet in the locker room and I just went ‘Wow!’ It’s not just the 17 assists,” said coach Kim Mulkey, a former championship point guard. “It’s zero turnovers in 30 minutes of play against a team that was trapping you and playing real aggressive and causing deflections and turnovers. That’s so impressive.”
Alexis Prince added 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Lady Bears (23-1, 12-0) matched defending national champion UConn for the longest current winning streak. They have a three-game lead over Oklahoma (15-8, 9-3) with six conference games to play.
Davis, who finished 12 of 15 shooting, scored 12 points with two three-point plays in a 20-0 run early in the game and Baylor led throughout. The sophomore post player, the conference’s top scorer at 21 points a game coming in, had 20 by halftime to match the Sooners total at that point.
“We weren’t connected defensively at all, and early didn’t make a lot of shots, and we let it snowball. We let not making a shot on offense carry into the defensive end,” Sooners coach Sherri Coale said. “And they’re the type of team if they smell you being weak, or they smell you being frustrated, then they come at you even harder, and we were the recipient of that tonight.”
Peyton Little, the sophomore transfer from Texas A&M, had 22 points with five 3-pointers to lead the Sooners. Freshman guard Gabbi Ortiz added 16 points with a quick spurt of 3s after halftime.
Imani Wright added 11 points and Sune Agbuke 11 for Baylor.
Johnson went into the game the national leader with 8.4 assists per game, and third with a 3.5 assist-to-turnover ratio — and those numbers only got better.
“She’s probably one of the most underrated point guards in the country, and people don’t know her name, but her numbers are unbelievable,” Coale said. “It’s hard to have 17 assists and no turnovers if nobody is guarding you.”
Davis was still outscoring Oklahoma on her own until Sharane Campbell’s layup in the final minute cut the Sooners’ halftime gap to 42-20.
Ortiz had a layup with 17:21 left in the first half that got the Sooners to 7-5. They then went scoreless for more than 6
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