Prins was coming off a career-high 32 points Sunday in the Cyclones’ 79-60 semifinal victory over Oklahoma.
Baylor had a much tougher semifinal matchup, holding on for a 77-69 victory over Oklahoma State, which was within three in the final minute after the Lady Bears had 18 of their season-high 24 turnovers after halftime. While they never trailed, it was their only game against a Big 12 opponent this season decided by less than 10 points.
The championship game was more like the kind of games Baylor has had in its Big 12 run, a lopsided score with Griner playing a big part.
“I don’t think there’s any question that everyone kind of saw that bear kind of came out of hibernation kind of thing,” Fennelly said.
Sims, the junior All-American point guard and only non-senior in the Baylor starting lineup, reached down and patted the floor after hitting her third 3-pointer from in front of the Baylor bench. That put the Lady Bears up 50-18 and Iowa State called a timeout, during which Mulkey enthusiastically put her arms around Sims and patted the point guard on the back.
“When you look at a kid that works that hard on the defensive end of the floor, it’s good to see her have an offensive production like that,” Mulkey said. “I’m hardest on point guards. I was probably hardest on Odyssey in that film room (Sunday) night. ... When they have a game like today, you want to share it with them.”