The #9 ranked Baylor Lady Bears (14-3, 4-1) entered Phog Allen Fieldhouse Sunday afternoon sporting a 53-game Big-12 Conference winning streak and the Lady Jayhawks of Kansas (9-9, 2-4) had their focus set on ending that run.
Seven minutes into the game, it looked as if Baylor was going to run away with it and extend their streak to 54 games, but Kansas had other plans for the Lady Bears. After a Kansas timeout, the Lady Jayhawks were able to begin to scrap their way back into the game, going into the half only trailing by a single point.
The second half of the contest was as much of a boxing match as the first, the teams trading punches and looking for their path to victory. The game was still within reach with under seven minutes remaining in the contest, KU holding the lead 60-54. Chelsea Gardner and CeCe Harper led the way through the remainder of the game to an eventual blowout 76-60 victory, snapping the Lady Bears 53-game conference streak.
Chelsea Gardner was a beast in the Jayhawks victory, scoring a team-high 28 points and wrangling a team-high 13 rebounds in 38 minutes played, giving Gardner her 5th double-double of the season. The Lady Jayhawks had two more double-digit scorers, Guard Natalie Knight with 18 and Guard CeCe Harper finishes the game with 10 points, scoring 8 of her 10 in the second half. G Asia Boyd nearly came away with a double-double of her own on the night, finishing off the bench with 9 points and 10 rebounds.
Baylor Guard Odyssey Sims was the lone bright spot for the Lady Bears Sunday, scoring a game-high 31 points on 13-37 shooting from the floor and a team-high 12 rebounds in 39 minutes played. No other Baylor player scored in double-digits.
Both teams managed to shoot a horridly combined 5-32 (15.6%) from beyond the arc and totaled a combined 98 rebounds (KU – 51, BU – 47) in Sunday’s game.
Baylor loses it’s first Big-12 conference game since falling to Texas Tech in February of 2011. According to a report from KUsports.com, the last time Kansas defeated a Top 10 team was March 4, 2009 when then #4 ranked Baylor entered Allen Fieldhouse and lost. Sunday’s victory was the first victory for Kansas over a Top 10 ranked team since they defeated #7 Delaware in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
Kansas gains a strong resume building win in their 76-60 victory over Baylor. If the Lady Jayhawks can hold the same pace they showed Sunday afternoon, look for them to find their way into the tourney.
The Lady Jayhawks continue their conference journey at home Wednesday as they take on #8 Oklahoma State.