Oklahoma State had the potential to make a deep run into the Big 12 Tournament, but Baylor crushed the Cowgirls' hopes Wednesday night with a 1-0 upset in Kansas City.
The second-seeded Cowgirls' road ended thanks to a goal in the 37th minute by the seventh-seeded Bears (9-8-2). The tough Baylor defense did the rest of the work to seal its way to a semi-final berth against sixth-seeded Oklahoma. The Sooners knocked off third-seeded Kansas in the first round.
The Cowgirls (10-9-1) will still have a chance to make the NCAA Tournament, despite the early exit in their conference tournament, but the team will have to wait until the selection show Monday. This is also only the second time in six years that Oklahoma State failed to make the conference tournament finals.
"We feel like we deserve to be in the NCAA Tournament, but whether that translates into getting in or not I don’t know," coach Colin Carmichael said. "A lot of it will come down to RPI. We were 28 coming into this game, and we’ll see where we end up on Sunday. I definitely feel we deserve it after finishing second in the second-ranked RPI league in the country. Hopefully it will be enough and we’ll get in, but we’ll be a little bit anxious until we see our name Monday."
Big 12 Tournament action will continue Friday from Swope Soccer Village.