Texas brought back the program’s first big 12 tournament title since 2003, beating first-seeded Baylor 67-58 on Sunday.
Texas dominated the match from the beginning, slowing down the game and keeping Baylor out of rhythm. Instead, the Longhorns outperformed the Bears by 55.6 percent to 40.9 percent in the first half, forcing Baylor’s turnover eight times.
Baylor star Narissa Smith struggled in the opening two frames, scoring just five points, scoring three fouls and then leaving the court injured shortly before the break. Seniors increased their pace in the second half and finished the night with 21 points and 3 rebounds.
But Smith’s efforts weren’t enough to overcome the calm Texas side. Rori Harmon led the Longhorns charge with 20 points, shooting 80% from the field, and Aaliyah Moore added 12 points and rebounded 5 from the bench.
This victory is Texas’ second victory over Baylor since 2011, endangering the first seed of the Bears in the NCAA tournament.