No 4 Baylor women pull away late beat S Dakota St 7266

LAS VEGAS — Lauren Cox had 28 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks to help No. 4 Baylor beat South Dakota State 72-66 on Friday night at the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout.Cox shot 11 of 18 from the field, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range. Kalani Brown had 13 points, 10 rebounds and two blocks for Baylor (5-0), which outrebounded South Dakota State 48-35.Cox hit a 3-pointer to give the Lady Bears a 10-point lead with 1:12 to play. Sydney Palmer missed a 3-point shot on the other end but Myah Selland grabbed the offensive rebound, was fouled on the putback and converted the 3-point play. DiDi Richards missed two free throws for Baylor and two foul shots by Macy Miller pulled the Jackrabbits within five with 31 seconds to go. After a turnover by Richards, SDSU missed two 3-point shots but grabbed the rebound both times before Miller converted a 3-point play to make it 68-66 with 20 seconds remaining. Juicy Landrum hit two free throws and, after a Jackrabbits miss, Brown made two foul shots to cap the scoring.Madison Guebert led South Dakota State (3-2) with 22 points, including six 3-pointers. Miller added 14 points and six assists and Selland finished with 12 points, six rebounds, seven assists and four steals.BIG PICTUREBaylor: The Lady Bears, who came in shooting just 55.8 per cent from the free-throw line continued to struggle from the charity stripe. Baylor made just 12 of 23 on Friday — including 4 of 8 in the final three minutes — but hit their last four in the closing seconds. The Lady Bears prevailed against a pesky South Dakota State team in spite of what appears to be their Achilles heel but can they survive Big 12 play — or, more important, in the NCAA tournament — without better free-throw shooting?South Dakota State: The Jackrabbits received one vote in this week’s poll and are ranked fourth in the CollegeInsider Mid-Major poll. … Macy Miller and Myah Selland combined to make just 8 of 29 (27.6 per cent) from the field, including 2 of 8 from 3-point range.UP NEXTThe Jackrabbits wrap up the shootout against Buffalo on Saturday.Baylor plays Georgetown on Saturday before visiting No. 13 South Carolina on Dec. 2 in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.The Associated Press

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