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Womens basketball

Baylor 72, South Dakota State 66

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.

Tagyn Larson's 3-pointer gave South Dakota State a 12-10 lead - the fifth lead change in the first five minutes - before Baylor scored 13 points in a row. Lauren Cox made back-to-back layups, Juicy Landrum hit a jumper and Cox added a layup and a 3 to make it 21-12 at the end of the first quarter and DiDi Richards made a jumper to push the lead to into double figures 33 seconds into the second. The Jackrabbits missed nine consecutive field-goal attempts, including five 3-point shots, and went 0 for 2 from the free-throw line during that stretch.

Tylee Irwin answered with a 3-pointer that sparked a 14-4 run that trimmed SDSU's deficit to 27-26 when Madison Guebert hit a 3-pointer with 3:19 left in the first half. The Lady Bears took a 37-34 lead into the break.


Baylor: The Lady Bears, who came in shooting just 55.8 percent 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? ... Baylor improved to 3-0 - all on neutral courts - against the Jackrabbits. The Lady Bears beat South Dakota State 60-58 in the second round of the 2009 NCAA tournament and 71-53 in the championship game of the 2006 Junkanoo Jam.

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 percent) from the field, including 2 of 8 from 3-point range. ... Madison Guebert, a senior, moved into 14th on the program's career scoring list with 1,407 points.

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