AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Nina Davis scored 15 of her 20 points in the second half, helping third-ranked Baylor beat Texas 70-68 on Sunday for its 21st straight victory.
Davis also blocked a driving shot by Brooke McCarty just before the final buzzer to preserve the victory.
Guard Niya Johnson added 17 points for Baylor (22-1 11-0 Big 12), one more than forward Imani Wright. Center Kelsey Lang led Texas with 20 and 11 rebounds. Guard Brady Sanders scored 14.
Davis grabbed an offensive rebound and made a put-back with 3:55 remaining to give Baylor a nine-point lead.
But Texas (15-7, 4-7 Big) closed in on the Lady Bears with back-to-back 3-pointers by McCarty and Sanders, the latter cutting the deficit to four with 1:17 remaining.
Then Johnson turned the ball over, leading to a short bank shot by Texas’ Brianna Taylor that left Baylor leading by two points.
Texas converted just 3 of its first 16 shots and trailed by 10 points midway through the first half. The Longhorns responded with an 8-0 push, eventually pulling even.
But Wright made a mid-range jump shot and a pair of free throws during the final minute of the half, and Baylor took a 38-32 lead at the break. Wright scored 13 points in the half, three more than he average for an entire game.
Texas never caught up to Baylor again but remained close enough to have a chance to win thanks largely to Lang, a 6-foot-5 sophomore.
Guard Empress Davenport, a top reserve for Texas, returned after missing two games with a shoulder injury. Davenport scored just two points in 22 minutes, missing all six of her shots from the field, before fouling out with 4:43 remaining.
Another key reserve for Texas, Nekia Jones, missed the game with an injury to her left knee that she suffered during a game at Kansas State on Wednesday. No timetable has been set for her return. Jones averaged 5.4 points and 2.9 rebounds in nearly 12 minutes a game.
Texas: The Longhorns have been outrebounded only once this season, during a loss at Baylor on Jan. 19 when Texas lost Nneka Enemkpali, the top rebounder in the Big 12, to a season-ending injury in the first half.
Baylor: The Lady Bears have won nine straight games against Texas going back to January, 2011, the last five with Karen Aston coaching the Longhorns. The first four were with Gail Goestenkors at the helm.
Texas is at Oklahoma State on Wednesday
Baylor hosts Oklahoma on Wednesday
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