Lady Bears win 27th straight, advance to conference tourney title game

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (KWTX) Alexis Morris scored a career-high 18 points, Kalani Brown and Lauren Cox each had a double-double, and No. 3 Baylor defeated TCU 94-48 in the Big 12 Conference tournament semifinals Sunday afternoon.

While Morris hasn't played the minutes Kristy Wallace has this season, the Big 12 All-Freshman Team member is already proving to be the next reliable point guard in Waco.

"It's always been a dream of mine to run a Division I basketball team," Morris said. "I was kind of nervous, but there is never a challenge that I run from. I'm not afraid, and I just attack the challenge."

"You have to remember when Kristy was healthy, I moved her to the 2 quite often and let Alexis play the point," Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey said. "It's not like we're throwing the ball out there to her for the first time. She has been doing this all year for us."

Following a six-point performance in Baylor's first game without Wallace -- who tore her ACL in the regular-season finale -- Morris shot 7-of-9 from the field, including a couple three-pointers, six rebounds and six assists.

Baylor took a 28-13 lead after one quarter, and extended the lead to 52-32 at halftime.

One day after holding Kansas State to six points in the third quarter, Baylor limited TCU to just five points in the third. The Horned Frogs were 2-of-11 from the floor for the quarter, and shot 32.1% for the game.

"(Baylor) is very deserving of not only this win, but their regular season championship," TCU head coach Raegan Pebley said. "It's unreal when you watch them play that you can't say they're not a No. 1 seed. Clearly, all year, with or without Kristy, they are a No. 1 seed. They are dominating teams, and very good teams."

Cox and Brown rested most of the fourth quarter in which the Lady Bears outscored the Horned Frogs 25-11. The post duo were repeat recipients of the passes from Morris and Juicy Landrum, who led the Lady Bears with nine assists and also scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Cox finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Brown scored a game-high 28 points and also pulled down 11 boards.

Brown is now one of three players (Sophia Young, Baylor; Courtney Paris, Oklahoma) in Big 12 Championship history to record multiple double-doubles in two different conference tournaments.

Baylor (30-1) continued its rebounding domination of opponents, holding a 49-19 margin against TCU. The plus-30 advantage set a record for biggest rebounding margin in a conference tournament.

The Lady Bears have won 27 straight games overall, and 25 consecutive over TCU. The last time Baylor lost to TCU was February 28, 1990.

Baylor, which will make its eighth-straight Big 12 tournament title game appearance, will play Texas Monday at 8 p.m.