By Marquis Cooley | sports editor
Baylor Women’s Basketball No. 4 advances to the semifinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Tournament after wiping the floor with Oklahoma State University in the quarterfinals, beating the Cowgirls 76-36 on Friday afternoon at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo. The 40-point margin of victory is the second in Big 12 tournament history while OSU’s 36 points are the fewest points allowed in the history of the Big 12 tournament.
Baylor (26-5.15-3 Big 12) proved why they are the No. 1 seed in the tournament, leading from thread to thread as three Bears scored in double figures. Junior guard Ja’Mee Asberry led the way with 16 points against his old team, shooting 6 of 9 from the floor.
The senior duo of striker NaLyssa Smith and center Queen Egbo again held the paint as they both scored double-doubles. Smith finished with 15 points and 10 boards for his 50th double-double of his career while Egbo finished with 15 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.
Baylor shut down OSU’s offense completely (9-20.3-15 Big 12), keeping them scoreless in the first quarter as they took a 23-0 lead. It was the first time in program history that Baylor held a Big 12 opponent to zero points in the first quarter. The previous low was two runs by Iowa State in Ames, Iowa on January 17, 2018. It also set a Big 12 tournament record and tied an NCAA record.
While OSU was able to break the seal at 9:38 of the second quarter after going 0 for 13 from the floor, it didn’t make a difference as the Bears extended the lead to 27 as they took a 41-14 lead at halftime. Asberry led all scorers with 10 points at the break.
The Bears continued to roll in the third as they swelled the lead to 45 points late in the quarter and refused to let go until the final whistle.
Baylor will advance to the semifinals where they will seek revenge against the No. 21 University of Oklahoma (24-7, 12-6 Big 12) who swept the season series with the Bears. The tip is scheduled for noon Saturday and can be viewed on Big 12 Now on ESPN+.