Feb 27, 2021
No. 7 Baylor women rout K-State, 11th straight Big 12 title
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WACO, Texas (AP) — Queen Egbo scored 19 points and No. 7 Baylor extended the nation’s longest current streak of consecutive regular-season women’s conference titles to 11, clinching a tie for the Big 12 crown by beating Kansas State 85-49 Saturday.
NaLyssa Smith added 16 points and Moon Ursin scored all 15 of her points in the first half and had a career-high eight assists as the Lady Bears (19-2, 14-1) topped the Wildcats for the 36th straight time.
Baylor, which won the most recent NCAA Tournament title in 2019, has a 184-9 regular-season league record during the title streak, including four 18-0 seasons. The Lady Bears have also won eight conference tournaments in that stretch.
No. 18 West Virginia is the only team that can catch Baylor, and it would require the Lady Bears losing their remaining three games. Baylor has 12 Big 12 regular-season titles overall.
Rachel Ranke hit three 3-pointers for nine points for Kansas State (7-15, 2-13). She reached 1,000 points exactly for career and becoming the sixth player in school history with at least that many points to go with at least 300 rebounds and at least 200 3s.
Ursin, a career backup before becoming a full-time starter this season, finished her strong first half by tipping an offensive rebound to herself and beating the buzzer with a jumper for a 40-19 halftime lead.
A few minutes later, Ursin, DiDi Richards and Stanford graduate transfer DiJonai Carrington, who made her first start of the season, were taking flower bouquets from coach Kim Mulkey in a senior day halftime celebration.
The Lady Bears chose this game to celebrate rather than their final scheduled home outing, a COVID-19 makeup game against West Virginia on March 8.
A jumper by Moon started a 20-2 run over the first and second quarters that turned a 14-9 lead into a 34-11 advantage, and the Lady Bears steadily pulled away while leading by as many as 39 points.
With Baylor leading by 38 and 1:11 remaining, Mulkey sent Ursin, Richards and Carrington back into the game. Ursin brought the ball past midcourt, and Baylor called timeout to take them out again.
Richards, fourth on the school’s career list in assists, finished with six while scoring two points. Carrington had six points.
Kansas State: The Wildcats have one of the best centers in the country in 6-foot-6 Ayoka Lee, who had eight points. But they were still no match for the size of the Lady Bears. Baylor simply dominated points in the paint (46-18) and rebounding (42-25).
Baylor: All but three Big 12 wins have been by at least 19 points. Kansas State had one of the exceptions, a 64-52 loss at home. But this one was never close, with the Lady Bears surpassing that margin for good early in the second quarter.
Kansas State: TCU at home Monday.
Baylor: At Texas on Monday.
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South Carolina has second-lowest gas prices in U.S. behind Texas at $3.59 per gallon
(The Center Square) — South Carolina has the second-lowest gas price in the country, according to numbers from the American Automobile Association.
South Carolina is down from its record high of $4.60 on June 12.
"Oil is the primary ingredient in gasoline, so less expensive oil is helpful in taming pump prices," said AAA spokesperson Andrew Gross. "Couple that with fewer drivers fueling up, and you have a recipe for gas prices to keep easing. It’s possible that the national average will fall below $4 this week."
Gross was citing a survey that showed 64% of drivers have changed their driving habits since March due to high gas prices, including 23% making what they consider to be major changes.
Of those who made changes, 88% said that they drove less, 74% said they combined errands on a trip and 56% said that they reduced shopping or dining out.
Gas Buddy analyst Patrick De Haan said that it was the 54th straight day that gas prices had dropped, making it the eighth straight week of drops.
"The national average is poised to fall back under $4 per gallon as early as today as we see the decline in gas prices enter its eighth straight week," De Haan wrote. "By the end of the week, one hundred thousand stations will be at $3.99 or less."South Carolina Gas Prices Texas News Gas