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Cowgirls Top No. 18 Baylor, Advance to 2-2 in Big 12 Play

It’s the first time OSU has won in Waco since 2008.

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After starting her Big 12 tenure 0-2, Jacie Hoyt is back to .500 after a pair of wins against teams from the Lone Star State.

Oklahoma State topped No. 18 Baylor 70-65 on Wednesday night in Waco. It marks the first time the Cowgirls have beaten the Bears since 2015, and it’s the first time OSU has won in Waco since 2008. It bumps the Cowgirls to 12-4 on the season and 2-2 in Big 12 play. Should OSU beat TCU on Saturday, the Cowgirls could find themselves in the Top 25 for the first time since 2018.

The Bears went on a 9-2 run in the fourth quarter to pull within a point of the Cowgirls with 2:32 to play before Naomi Alnatas took over. A senior guard who played for Hoyt at Kansas City, Alnatas scored 11 of her 17 points in the fourth quarter, scoring six points in the final minute.

Alnatas is leading the team in scoring this season with 13.5 points a game while shooting 43% from the field.

The Cowgirls got a team-high 18 points from Lior Garzon off the bench. She was 3-for-5 from 3-point range. In her first season at OSU, Garzon is averaging 11.6 points a game while shooting a ridiculous 48% from 3. The Cowgirls also outrebounded the Bears 41-33, getting nine rebounds apiece from Claire Chastain and Taylen Collins.

OSU beat Texas 86-82 on Saturday off a 20-point, eight-assist performance from Alnatas. Garzon added 17 points off the bench.

OSU hosts 6-9 TCU at 2 p.m. Saturday. The Horned Frogs are 0-4 in Big 12 play.

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