Nov. 7, 2015
BEARS FALL IN SEMIS
Kansas beats Baylor to reach Big 12 final
Liana Salazar scored goals in both halves as second-seeded Baylor was ousted from the Big 12 Conference tournament Friday, falling to Kansas, 2-0, in Kansas City, Kan.
Salazar scored in the 35th and 79th minutes, her sixth and seventh goals of the season, to send the sixth-seeded Jayhawks (10-8-2) into Sunday's final against 18th-ranked Texas Tech (12-3-5), which upset No. 2 West Virginia, 1-0, in the first game of the semifinal doubleheader.
Baylor (9-6-4) hopes for an at-large berth, which seems unlikely, when the NCAA pairings are announced Monday.
Kansas held an 11-8 shot advantage and permitted the Bears just two shots on goal. Baylor was unable to take advantage of nine corner kicks.
“[Kansas] did a great job of counterattacking our pressure,” Bears coach Paul Jobson said on his school's athletics website. “They defended really well in the final third and didn't give us a ton of chances back there. ...
“All in all, I can't be disappointed in this season and the girls. I'm proud of this team -- we were picked eighth in conference and finished second and made it to the semifinal, which no one gave us a shot to be anywhere near this right now. I'm proud of the determination and what we were able to do. The experience we gained this year will be so valuable for next season.”
Salazar finished Grace Hagan's feed for the first goal, then tallied the second after a takeaway 25 yards from the Baylor goal.