- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 8, 2016

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Texas had hoped that this time, things would be different against Baylor.

It was more of the same. Nina Davis scored 22 points to help fourth-ranked Baylor beat the seventh-ranked Longhorns 79-63 Monday night in the Big 12 women’s tournament championship game.

Baylor swept the conference’s regular-season and tournament titles for the sixth consecutive year and won all three games against the Longhorns this season. Texas’ loss to Baylor last week in the regular-season finale cost the Longhorns a share of the regular-season conference championship.

Texas coach Karen Aston said she felt the Longhorns played better than in last week’s 74-48 loss to the Lady Bears.

“I had hoped that we would be more competitive on every possession in this game, and I thought that we were for a longer period of time,” she said. “But they were the better team tonight.”

Lashann Higgs scored 15 points and Imani Boyette added nine points and 11 rebounds for Texas (28-4), which was seeking its first tournament title since 2003.

Alexis Jones scored 16 points for the Lady Bears. She was named the tournament’s most outstanding player after averaging 15.7 points and 7.7 assists in three games.

Baylor (33-1) shot 50.9 percent from the field to win its 20th straight game. Beatrice Mompremier scored 15 points and Niya Johnson added 11 for the Lady Bears.

Texas hung tough early, but Baylor began creating a cushion late in the second quarter. Jones’ 3-pointer as the shot clock expired in the final minute of the first half gave the Lady Bears a 36-25 lead at the break.

Davis, who had been relatively quiet the first two games, had 12 points in the first half. The Lady Bears held Texas to 37.5 percent shooting before the break.

Baylor pulled away in the third quarter by making 9 of 14 shots. Davis scored eight points in the period, and the Lady Bears took a 60-43 edge into the fourth quarter.

Texas believes its issues can be solved before the NCAA Tournament.

“I think that we’re definitely going to take advantage of these next two weeks to fix some areas that need to be fixed,” Texas center Kelsey Lang said. “And I know that the rest of my team is just as excited as I am to learn where we’re going and who we will play and how we will be seeded. We’re going to get to work for the next two weeks.”

TIP-INS

Texas: Senior guard Celina Rodrigo had scored in single digits for 21 straight games before scoring a season-high 13 in the quarterfinals against Kansas, then 12 in the semifinals against West Virginia. She had only scored in double figures seven times in her career before those two games. She finished with just two points in the final, but was named to the all-tournament team. … Starters shot 6 for 21 in the first half. … Committed nine turnovers before halftime. … Brooke McCarty also was on the All-Tournament team.

Baylor: Jumped out to a 6-0 lead as Texas went scoreless for the first 2:23. … Shot 48.4 percent in the first half. … Johnson, the nation’s leader in assists, had two assists and five turnovers, but had seven rebounds. … Davis and Johnson joined Jones on the All-Tournament team.

UP NEXT

Texas: NCAA Tournament.

Baylor: NCAA Tournament.

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