Texas defeated top seed Baylor 67-58 on Sunday to win the program’s first Big 12 tournament title since 2003.
The Longhorns dominated the matchup from the start, controlling the pace of the game and not allowing Baylor to get into a rhythm. Texas took an 11-point lead into halftime after outshooting the Bears 55.6 to 40.9 percent in the first half and forcing eight Baylor turnovers.
Baylor star NaLyssa Smith struggled in the opening two frames, scoring just five points and recording three fouls before leaving the court ahead of halftime with an injury. The senior returned in the second half and finished the game with 21 points and three rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Texas’ charge.
Rori Harmon led the Longhorns with 20 points on 80 percent shooting from the field, while Aaliyah Moore added 12 points and five rebounds off the bench.
The victory is Texas’ second over Baylor since 2011 and puts the Bears’ No. 1 NCAA Tournament seed in jeopardy.
The game was the most-watched regular-season matchup since 2017.
She also has started every game this season for undefeated LSU.
Copper is the team's only returning starter in 2023.
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