No. 3 seed Oklahoma (21-9, 11-7) plays Saturday night against the Big 12’s other first-year team, West Virginia (17-12, 9-9). The Sooners are in the bracket on the opposite side of Baylor, along with No. 2 seed Iowa State (21-7, 12-6), which will play the Kansas-TCU winner.
Texas Tech (21-9, 11-7) and Oklahoma State (20-9, 9-9), the other teams on Baylor’s side of the bracket, play Saturday morning.
The Sooners have won their last two games, the league’s next-longest winning streak behind Baylor.
“Within our conference, we have a lot of good teams and when good teams beat good teams, they don’t get ranked,” said Oklahoma’s Joanna McFarland, the league’s top rebounder (9.9 per game). “You can be in a bad conference and win every game, and you’re going to get ranked. ... Our conference prepares us well for going out and facing teams.”
Baylor has won 27 in a row overall since a two-point loss to fourth-ranked Stanford a week into this season when All-American point guard Odyssey Sims was hurt. The Lady Bears are 3-0 against other Top 10 teams, winning by an average margin of 23 points.
Kansas State, which has lost five players to season-ending injuries, lost 90-68 on Monday night at Baylor when Griner scored a Big 12-record 50 points and had her 14th career dunk.
The Wildcats were within 63-60 before a 23-2 Baylor run, but aren’t yet thinking about possibly having to face the Lady Bears again.
AP Sports Writer Jeff Latzke in Oklahoma contributed to this report.