MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — Madison Smith and Ja’Naiah Quinerly each scored 17 points, Jayla Hemingway added 15 points and 14 rebounds and West Virginia’s defense forced seven fourth-quarter turnovers as the Mountaineers beat No. 18 Baylor with with a score of 74-74. 65 Sunday.
In her first season as the head coach at West Virginia, Dawn Plitzuwait led South Dakota to a No. 10 seed in the 2022 NCAA Tournament and beat Baylor in the first round before the Mountaineers were eliminated by Michigan in the second round.
West Virginia (12-4, 3-2 Big 12) has won three straight after back-to-back losses of 20-plus points against No. 19 Oklahoma and No. 15 Iowa State to improve to 4-22 all-time against Baylor, 1-9 at home .
Sarah Andrews hit four 3-pointers and finished with 24 points, Dariana Littlepage-Buggs added 14 points and 15 rebounds and Kaitlyn Bickle had 10 points for Baylor (12-4, 3-1).
The Bears lost 70-65 at Oklahoma State, snapping a four-game winning streak.
Baylor closed the first half on a 16-1 run to take a one-point halftime lead. Andrews scored seven points and Littlepage-Bags added four more in an 11-2 run that gave Baylor a 10-point lead about 3 minutes into the third quarter. The Rangers scored 19 of the next 27 points and took a one-point lead when Smith made a 3 with 1:33 left in the period. There were three more lead changes and three ties before Smith hit a jumper, Kylie Blacksten followed with a layup and a 3-pointer, and Kaia Watson scored in the lane to cap a 9-0 run and put West Virginia in the lead.
The Bears shot 3-of-16 (18.8%) from the field — 0-for-6 from 3-point range — and scored just eight points in the fourth quarter.
Baylor returns home to face Kansas State on Wednesday
West Virginia plays at No. 23 Kansas on Wednesday
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