Wal­lace passes Bay­lor to fi­nal

15 as­sists tie ca­reer high, set record for Big 12 Tour­na­ment.

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Nina Davis took lit­tle credit for her 24-point out­burst.

That, she said, should go to Kristy Wal­lace. Bay­lor’s point guard set a Big 12 Tour­na­ment record with 15 as­sists to help the sec­ond-ranked Bears de­feat No. 24 Kansas State 88-71 Sun­day in the semi­fi­nals.

“She gets pretty much all the credit — 99.1 per­cent,” Davis said. “The other half is us fin­ish­ing the shot. We go as Kristy goes. All sea­son long, she’s been our En­er­gizer Bunny. She never gets tired.”

Wal­lace matched her ca­reer high for as­sists in a game.

“She is just a great player,” Bay­lor coach Kim Mulkey said. “She can play through fouls. She can play through blood. She can play through a turnover, and she just is some­body you would sure like to be on the re­ceiv­ing end of her passes be­cause she just gives it to you where you can fin­ish.”

Alexis Prince and Kalani Brown each scored 18 points for Bay­lor (30-2), which will seek its sev­enth straight tour­na­ment ti­tle Mon­day night against West Vir­ginia.

Davis said she won’t take the op­por­tu­nity for granted.

“Win­ning never gets old,” she said. “If I’m ever in a po­si­tion where win­ning cham­pi­onships be­comes the same­old, same-old, it’s time for me to stop play­ing bas­ket­ball.”

Karyla Mid­dle­brook scored 20 points, Kin­dred We­se­mann had 15 points and Bre­anna Lewis added 14 points and 11 re­bounds for Kansas State (22-10), which had won four of its pre­vi­ous five games.

Bay­lor led 52-38 at half­time be­hind 16 points from Davis. Prince had 15 points on 5-for-5 shoot­ing at the break, and the Lady Bears shot 59 per­cent from the floor in the half. Bay­lor’s largest lead was 22 points in the sec­ond half.

Late Satur­day

West Vir­ginia 82, No. 19 Ok­la­homa 58: Tyn­ice Martin scored 21 points, Teana Muldrow added 19 with eight re­bounds, and the Moun­taineers beat the Soon­ers (22-9) in a quar­ter­fi­nal. Their vic­tory over No. 12 Texas on Sun­day in the semi­fi­nals made them 22-10.

Ka­t­rina Pardee had 13 points, Lanay Mont­gomery scored 12 and Cha­nia Ray had 10 as­sists for No. 6 seed West Vir­ginia. Pardee and Mont­gomery each scored six points dur­ing a 12-0 run to open the game, and West Vir­ginia never trailed.

Mad­die Man­ning scored 14 and Pierre-Louis added 10 for Ok­la­homa.

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