WACO (AP) — Alexis Jones scored a career-high 25 points, Nina Davis had 24, and point guard Niya Johnson added a double-double in her return to the lineup to help No. 4 Baylor bounce back from its first loss with a 78-68 victory over No. 18 Oklahoma on Sunday.
Johnson had 10 points and 11 assists while playing all 40 minutes for the Lady Bears (14-1, 1-1 Big 12). The senior missed Baylor's conference opener, a 52-45 loss at Oklahoma State on Wednesday night, because of a bone bruise in her ankle.
Oklahoma (10-3, 1-1) had an early five-point lead, but never led again after Baylor finished the first quarter with an 8-2 run that was started by consecutive jumpers by Johnson.
Peyton Little scored 19 points for Oklahoma. Gabbi Ortiz added 14, and Kaylon Williams and T'ona Edwards had 11 each.
Little had a layup and a 3-pointer to cap an 11-2 run in the third quarter for the Sooners, getting them to 53-50. But they got no closer, with Johnson converting a third-play play late in the quarter to end that spurt and make it 56-50 — and Baylor maintained at least a six-point lead the rest of the game.
NO MORE ZERO
At halftime, Baylor retired the No. 0 jersey of former All-America point guard Odyssey Sims, who was part of Baylor's 2012 undefeated national championship team and left two seasons ago as the school's career assists leader. It is the fifth jersey retired by the Lady Bears. Sims is No. 3 on Baylor's career scoring list with 2,533 points and now No. 2 in assists with 641, behind the 815 by her predecessor, Johnson.
Oklahoma: Ortiz and Little each had four 3-pointers. ... The Sooners committed turnovers on three consecutive possessions late in the first quarter that that led to six Baylor points. Oklahoma finished with 16 turnovers, two fewer than Baylor.
Baylor: Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey is 98-40 against ranked teams, 42-8 since 2011-12.
Oklahoma: at TCU on Wednesday night.
Baylor: at Kansas on Wednesday night.
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