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No. 3 Baylor boggles struggling WVU women, 80-54

Created on:   Mon, Feb 26, 2018   11:47 PM

Last modified:   Mon, Feb 26, 2018   11:47 PM

Associated Press

WACO, Texas (AP) — Juicy Landrum matched her career high with scored 20 points, Dekeiya Cohen had 18 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks, and No. 3 Baylor completed a perfect Big 12 regular season with an 80-54 win over WVU on Feb. 26.

The win came at a cost as point guard Kristy Wallace went down with a right knee injury early in the second quarter and didn’t return. She participated in Senior Night festivities walking with a noticeable limp and returned to the bench on crutches in the third quarter.

The Lady Bears (28-1, 18-0) led 21-19 in the second quarter before a five-point possession sparked a 19-3 run that made it an 18-point game early in the third, and WVU didn’t challenge again.

Lauren Cox had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Lady Bears. Cox hit four 3-pointers after making only six this season before Feb. 26.

A week after wrapping up their eighth straight Big 12 regular season crown with a 93-87 shootout win on the road against then-No. 6 Texas, it was the Lady Bears defense that made the difference in this one. Baylor limited WVU to 33-percent shooting and blocked seven of 10 shots in the first quarter.

Naomi Davenport finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds for WVU (20-10, 8-10), and Teana Muldrow added 16 points.

BIG PICTURE: The Mountaineers finished the regular season losing three of their last four games but will still have a first-round bye as the No. 6 seed. They forced Baylor into 17 turnovers but only converted them into 12 points.

Baylor: With Wallace going down, Baylor used only seven players. That includes Natalie Chou, who entered in the final seconds with a heavy wrap on her left wrist. Brown, Cohen and Cox all went the distance, and Landrum was credited with 40 minutes despite being replaced by Chou.