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no. 4 baylor beats texas tech, clinches big 12 title

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no. 4 baylor beats texas tech, clinches big 12 title

waco, texas — a week ago, no. 4 baylor was a game behind texas and its streak of big 12 regular-season championships appeared to be in danger.but the lady bears held quite a celebration saturday, cutting down the nets as confetti floated around them after clinching their seventh straight title and earning coach kim mulkey her 500th career win with a 86-48 victory over texas tech."this is about these kids," mulkey said. "these kids understand when they come here this program is about championships and maintaining a level of excellence that's elite. it's never easy. i know people think it is, but it's not. there's an expectation level that some kids can't handle. these players come in here and buy into the system and it's all about what they do."baylor (27-2, 16-1) took the lead in the standings with a road win over no. 6 texas on monday, then was given an opportunity to take the title outright saturday because of the longhorns' third straight loss, a 70-66 defeat to iowa state on friday night.the lady bears took advantage immediately, shooting 62 percent in the first quarter for a 28-11 lead. they retained control the rest of the way behind senior nina davis' 16 points, which paced five scorers in double digit."we always have confidence in ourselves," davis said. "we were (behind) texas at one point in time and they were a great team, but we didn't focus on that. we were just worried about ourselves and taking it game by game and just trying to get a clinch t...