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The Jayhawks shot 54 percent in the second half, while Baylor shot only 29 percent.

Baylor had an 11-point lead twice in first half, but Kansas cut into that margin both times, even briefly taking the lead after a 9-0 run late in the first half. Ieshia Small converted a layup just before halftime to give the Bears a 32-31 lead at the break.

Sims provided most of Baylor’s offense in the first half, with her teammates combining for only 11 points. Gardner had 13 at the half for Kansas, as both teams other players struggled offensively. The Bears shot 32 percent in the first half, while the Jayhawks shot 34 percent and the teams combined to go 4 of 18 from 3-point range.

Gardner and Knight combined for 12 points during a 17-5 Kansas run to stifle the Bears’ momentum heading into the locker room.

“I came in the game knowing that we could beat them,” Gardner said. “The beginning of the game we weren’t as ready as we should have been. After the first timeout we came ready to fight and play and kept pushing the gas pedal.”