TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Locked in a close game for the first time in weeks, Baylor never flinched.
Kalani Brown scored 22 points and Lauren Cox added 21 as the Lady Bears (36-1) held off Final Four newcomer Oregon 72-67 Friday night to reach the women’s championship game for the first time since 2012.
The two-time champions won their 28th straight game, exerting themselves defensively down the stretch. Chloe Jackson delivered a tiebreaking layup with 39 seconds left and Brown and Cox finished out the victory with free throws for the overall top-seeded team.
“The feeling is unreal,” Brown said.
Coach Kim Mulkey won national titles as a player and assistant coach at Louisiana Tech. Now, Baylor has a chance to win its third national