WACO, Texas (AP) — Kalani Brown reached career milestones of 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, and No. 1 Baylor clinched at least a share of its ninth consecutive Big 12 regular-season championship with an 80-40 win over Kansas on Wednesday night.
The Lady Bears (24-1, 14-0 Big 12) won their 10th Big 12 regular season title overall in coach Kim Mulkey’s 19th seasons. They need to win only one of their four remaining conference games to win the title outright.
Brown finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds to run her career totals to 2,000 and 1,012, respectively. Juicy Landrum had a game-high 20 points that included five 3-pointers. Lauren Cox had 11 points, 12 rebounds and six assists while Chloe Jackson scored 10 points.
The Lady Bears led 13-9 after the first quarter — the only time they scored less in the first 10 minutes was when they had eight at then-No. 11 Stanford on Dec. 15 in their only loss. After Kansas scored the opening basket of the second quarter, Baylor took control with a 16-0 run and led 37-19 at halftime.
Christalah Lyons had 10 points to lead Kansas (12-13, 2-12).
Baylor won its 37th consecutive Big 12 game, and have won 35 home games in a row overall.
KANSAS: The Jayhawks had ample opportunities early to take the lead. They were attacking the basket and getting open point-blank looks, but they weren’t falling. They ended up 3-of-13 shooting in the first quarter. The Jayhawks also struggles at the free throw line (7 of 15) and had only four assists against 16 turnovers that turned into 21 Baylor points.
BAYLOR: The Lady Bears won their 37th consecutive Big 12 game, and have also won 35 home games in a row overall. ... They dominated on the boards 48-26, which helped contribute to a 15-0 advantage on second-chance points. Baylor finished strong, outscoring the Jayhawks 24-6 in the fourth quarter, with all freshmen on the floor for the closing minutes.
Kansas will play the second of back-to-back road games Saturday at Oklahoma State.
The Lady Bears play their next two games against teams that could mathematically still tie for the Big 12 title. They are at No. 20 Iowa State on Saturday, and home Monday against No. 19 Texas. West Virginia is also tied with Iowa State and Texas for second place in the Big 12 at 10-4 in league play.