No. 1 Baylor tops No. 22 Kansas State
Griner records double-double to lead Bears to victory
WACO, Texas -- Brittney Griner had 22 points and 12 rebounds and No. 1 Baylor stretched its school-record home winning streak to 34 with a 76-41 victory against No. 23 Kansas State on Saturday night.
|TOP 25 SCORES|
|No. 1 Baylor 76, No. 23 Kansas State 41|
|No. 2 Notre Dame 76, Villanova 43|
|No. 3 Connecticut 88, No. 21 DePaul 44|
|No. 4 Stanford 65, Washington 47|
|No. 7 Rutgers 72, USF 66|
|No. 12 Green Bay 80, Cleveland State 58|
|No. 14 Texas A&M 76, Kansas 65|
The Lady Bears (19-0, 6-0 Big 12), one of only two undefeated women’s teams in Division I, took control of the game with a 12-0 run midway through the first half. Griner started that spurt, and put them ahead to stay, when her short jumper and free throw after being fouled on the shot broke an 11-all tie.
Baylor has won all six of its games this season against Top 25 teams.
Brittany Chambers had 16 points and Tasha Dickey 10 for Kansas State (13-5, 4-2).
Kimetria Hayden added 11 points for the Lady Bears. Destiny Williams had 13 rebounds, her fourth consecutive game and sixth of seven with at least 10 rebounds. Griner played 29 minutes for her 10th double-double this season and 36th in 91 career games.
The other undefeated women’s team is Green Bay (17-0), which hasn’t lost since an 86-76 loss to Baylor in the NCAA round of 16 in Dallas last March.
After Chambers stopped and stepped around a defender for a short jumper in the lane just more than 6 minutes in the game, she already had nine points and the game was tied at 11.
Griner then missed a shot, but Williams grabbed the rebound and got the ball right back to Baylor’s 6-foot-8 All-American. Griner made the basket while being fouled.
Shanay Washington, whose season debut Wednesday was her first game in more than a year, stretched the lead when she drove through two defenders and made a layup while being fouled. Griner excitedly helped up Washington, when then made the free throw.
Only 25 seconds after that, Washington made a short bank shot after getting a pass from Odyssey Sims to make it 19-11. The spurt ended when Sims’ two free throws with just over 11 minutes left in the first half made it 23-11.
Washington started 32 of 36 games as a freshman in 2009-10, then the guard started the first five games last season before tearing the ACL in her left knee during practice. She is still playing as a sophomore after getting a medical hardship. Her season debut came with 4 minutes Wednesday night in a win at No. 17 Texas Tech.
Kansas State, coming off a loss against Oklahoma after a five-game winning streak, had an early 7-3 lead. All those points were scored by Chambers, the 5-8 guard who cut down the baseline for a lineup and had another inside backset before hitting a 3-pointer.
Chambers made her first three shots, and was 3-of-19 shooting after that. The rest of the Wildcats combined to make 10 of 43 shots as they shot 24 percent (16 of 65) as a team.
Hayden got Baylor even for the first time after scoring six consecutive points, on a runner, two free throws and then two more when she was fouled after a steal. Hayden then penetrated inside, only to flip the ball back to Griner for a layup that made it 11-9.
Kansas State played a No. 1 team for the first time since losing 100-54 in 1990 at Louisiana Tech, when Baylor coach Kim Mulkey was an assistant coach at her alma mater. K-State is 0-4 at top-ranked teams.