Offense is a given for No. 3 Baylor, so coach Kim Mulkey was especially pleased with the defense and rebounding effort that advanced the Lady Bears to the Big 12 tournament final.
Brittney Griner scored 21 points and Destiny Williams added 18 to lead Baylor to an 86-53 victory over Kansas State, holding the Wildcats to 35 percent shooting and outrebounding the Wildcats, 52-24, yesterday in Kansas City, Mo.
Baylor will meet Texas A&M, which beat Oklahoma, 81-68.
Point guard Odyssey Sims added 14 while holding Kansas State’s top scorer Brittany Chambers to 3-of-11 shooting and eight points. Kelsey Hill led the fourth-seeded Wildcats (21-10) with 14 points.
In the Aggies’ win, Sydney Carter scored 19 points and Tyra White added 18 to lead the No. 8 Aggies (27-4) over the No. 1 Sooners.
Whitney Hand led Oklahoma (21-11) with 21 points.
Pac-10 semifinals— Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 32 points, her younger sister Chiney Ogwumike added 21, and No. 2 Stanford routed Arizona, 100-71, in Los Angeles. Chiney had 13 rebounds and Nemkadi had 10 to help the top-seeded Cardinal (28-2). Soana Lucet scored 17 points for the Wildcats (21-11) . . . Atonye Nyingifa had a season-high 17 points and nine rebounds as No. 7 UCLA (27-3) easily advanced to the title game with a 63-50 victory over California (17-15).
Southland final — Twins Ashlyn and Caitlyn Baggett combined for 38 points to lead McNeese State (26-6) over Central Arkansas, 71-50 in Katy, Texas, giving the team its first NCAA tournament berth.
Division 2 quarterfinals — Brittany Shields (17 points, 10 rebounds) scored on a foul-line jumper with 2.9 seconds left to lift Pace to a 64-62 victory over Franklin Pierce in the East Regional in Waltham . . . Catherine Carr scored 29 points to lift Holy Family over Goldey-Beacom, 79-67 to advance to the regional semifinals for the sixth straight year . . . Jacqui Brugliera’s 25 points and 13 rebounds lifted host Bentley (25-4) over C.W. Post, 75-67 . . . Gabrielle Gibson had a career-high 28 points to lift fourth-seeded Assumption over No. 5 seed Saint Rose, 74-64.
Division 3 semifinals— Nicki Wurdeman’s 3-pointer sent the game into overtime and Babson (30-0) went on to hold Bowdoin to only 2 overtime points in the Beavers’ 61-58 victory over the Polar Bears in Amherst. Wurdeman led Babson with 16 points and nine rebounds. The Beavers face host Amherst, 79-60 winners over Muhlenberg, tonight.