Big 12 WBB Recap, 2-5
By Chris Moore, CycloneFanatic.com WBB Blogger Nebraska (20-0)(7-0)- The fourth-ranked Huskers went 2-0 this week to remain unbeaten on the year. Nebraska beat Colorado 80-64. The game was within reach at 50-44 with 12 minutes left to play, but eight straight points put the Huskers up by double digits for good. Against Oklahoma State, Nebraska showed the nation once again what they were made of. Nebraska ran out the gates and left the Cowgirls looking for answers with a score of 29-5 with just over 10 minutes left to play. Nebraska didn’t let off either, the 11th ranked Cowgirls wouldn’t get within 19 points the rest of the way winning 88-67. Next up is another heavyweight fight against 12th ranked Texas A&M on Saturday.
Oklahoma State (18-4)(6-2)- The 11th ranked Cowgirls started off the week with a bang by beating Texas A&M 67-63, behind Big 12 Player of the Week Andrea Riley’s 31 points. But then, that bang became self-detonation when they faced Nebraska. The Huskers jumped onto the Cowgirls and didn’t let off. Riley scored a season low 15 points and Oklahoma State lost 88-67. The Cowgirls will look to bounce back against 13th ranked Oklahoma on Saturday.
Iowa State (17-4)(5-3)- Iowa State took a slight step back this week by losing to Kansas State 73-67. The 19th ranked Cyclones were down by two with 5:45 to go but the Wildcats went on a 7-0 run to finish off Iowa State. But the Cyclones would bounce back nicely at home against Texas Tech. In a physical battle, Iowa State and Texas Tech were going punch for punch with Tech leading 22-21, Iowa State made its move with a 14-2 run and never looked back winning 63-48. Iowa State was able to win despite a season high 23 turnovers. Next up for the Cyclones is a trip to Missouri on Sunday.
Oklahoma (15-6)(5-3)- The Sooners went 1-1 this week by beating Texas Tech by four and then falling to Texas 75-57. In the win against Texas Tech, the 13th ranked Sooners were led by Danielle Robinson, who scored 26 points, including the last four. In the loss, the game was close until midway through the second half when Robinson and Olajuwon went to the bench with four fouls and Texas made a move going up by nine and the game would not be in single digits ever again. Next for the Sooners is a trip to 11th ranked Oklahoma State tomorrow.
Texas A&M (16-4)(4-3)- The 10th ranked Aggies went 1-1 this week. Texas A&M watched a 14 point lead in the second half slowly disappear and then vanish with 1:03 left when Precious Robinson hit a jumper. The Aggies would get within two with 10 seconds left, but Riley made two free throws to seal the deal with a final score of 67-63. The Aggies would bounce back though against Missouri winning 65-55. The Aggies controlled most the game; every time the Tigers would get close the Aggies went on a run. Starting point guard Sydney Colson sat out with a leg injury. The Aggies will now travel to fourth-ranked Nebraska tomorrow.
Texas (15-6)(4-3)- The 23rd ranked Longhorns bounced back strong after last week, going 2-0 by beating 17th ranked Baylor 61-50 and 13th ranked Oklahoma 75-57. Texas was up 21 on Baylor but almost had a flash back to the Iowa State game when Baylor got the game within seven but a three point play by Ashleigh Fontenette ended all hopes for Baylor. Against Oklahoma, Texas was in a dog fight up until a 12-0 run with 6:54 left put Texas up for good. Next up for Texas is a trip to Texas Tech on Sunday.
Baylor (16-5)(3-4)- Baylor lost 61-50 against Texas, but then bounced back against Kansas State to win 65-47. The 17th ranked Lady Bears fought hard in their game against Texas. They were down by as much as 21 in the second half to get it within seven, with three minutes left but it was not meant to be. Texas held on for the win. Against Kansas State, Baylor had control of the game half way through the second half and Brittney Griner was a block machine, recording eight blocks and setting a new Big 12 record with 122 blocks this season. Oh and Griner also threw down a one dribble step back dunk. Baylor will now travel to Colorado on Saturday.
Kansas (13-7)(3-4)- The Jayhawks went 1-0 this week after squeaking past Missouri. The Tiger were led by Big 12 Newcomer of the Week Carolyn Davis, who scored 20 points and pulled down nine boards, the Kansas Jayhawks fought off the Tigers. Missouri was within two with a minute to go, but strong defense saved the win for Kansas. Kansas will now host Kansas State on Sunday.
Kansas State (11-10)(3-4)- The Wildcats got a huge boost from Ashley Sweat, as she scored 32 points in their 73-67 victory over 19th ranked Iowa State. But Kansas State would not celebrate for long as Baylor came in and won 65-47. Kansas State was tied 39-39 at one point in the second half, but was unable to keep up with the Bears. Sweat lead Kansas State with 22 points. Next up is a trip to Kansas on Sunday.
Colorado (12-8)(2-5)- Colorado found out why Nebraska is ranked fourth in the nation. Colorado lost 80-64. The Huskers were within six with 12 minutes to go, but would not get any closer the rest of the way. Colorado was lead by Chucky Jeffery with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Colorado will now travel to 17th ranked Baylor tomorrow.
Texas Tech (13-8)(1-6)- The Lady Raiders are going the wrong way. Texas Tech went 0-2 this week to increase their losing streak to five games. It is crazy to think that in 03-04, Texas Tech was ranked first in the nation at one point in time. Texas Tech was in the game with 1:36 left against Oklahoma tied at 66-66. They were unable to finish and lost by four. Against Iowa State, Texas Tech was in the game until the end of the first half, when the Cyclones went on a 14-2 run. Texas Tech never recovered after that. The Lady Raiders will host Texas on Sunday.
Missouri (11-10)(1-7)- The Tigers have lost three straight after their surprise victory over Baylor, by going 0-2 this week against Kansas 61-59 and Texas A&M 65-55. The Tigers were in a slugfest with Kansas all the way until the end, but it wasn’t meant to be, as the potential game winning three from Amanda Hanneman didn’t fall. Missouri was led by Jessra Johnson with 16 points and four assists. Against Texas A&M, Missouri looked as though they may have a chance to get their second upset of the season but in a game of runs Texas A&M was just too good for Missouri to overcome. The Tigers were once again led by Jessra Johnson with 15 points and eight rebounds. The Tigers will look to get their second win in Big 12 play when they host 19th ranked Iowa State on Sunday.