Baylor Secures Share of Big 12 Crown
Waco, Texas — Brittney Griner had 22 points and 10 rebounds in just 23 minutes and No. 1 Baylor clinched at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title with a 78-45 victory against TCU on Saturday.
Griner scored eight of the Lady Bears’ first 10 points as Baylor won its 53rd straight home game and 36th in a row in the conference, both the longest current streaks nationally. Baylor (24-1, 14-0) also has a nation-leading 22-game winning streak.
The Lady Bears kept TCU (7-17, 0-13) without a league win in its first Big 12 season, holding the Horned Frogs to 26 percent shooting. No TCU players scored in double figures. Kamy Cole led with nine on a trio of 3-pointers.
Baylor took control with a 17-2 run that included four points from Griner and six from Destiny Williams, who punctuated the run by poking the ball away from Ashley Colbert for a breakaway layup and a 27-10 lead midway through the first half.
No. 3 Connecticut 65, Rutgers 45
Piscataway, n.j. — Morgan Tuck scored 15 points and Stefanie Dolson added 14 to help UConn beat Rutgers, denying coach C. Vivian Stringer her 900th victory.
Stringer won No. 899 last Saturday against Cincinnati and has lost her first two attempts to become the fourth women’s basketball coach to reach the milestone. The Hall of Fame coach was looking to join Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and Sylvia Hatchell, who reached the mark last week.
No. 23 Syracuse 80, Pittsburgh 39
Syracuse, n.y. — Kayla Alexander scored 19 points, La’Shay Taft added 11 and Syracuse exploited 23 turnovers to defeat Pittsburgh for its fifth straight win.
The Orange (21-3, 9-2 Big East) scored 18 points off turnovers. Syracuse, which came in ranked third nationally with 13.6 steals per game, had 14.
No. 25 Oklahoma St. 80, Kansas St. 45
Stillwater, Okla. — Toni Young had 23 points and 18 rebounds to lead Oklahoma State to an easy win over Kansas State.
All five starters were in double figures for the Cowgirls (18-6, 7-6 Big 12). Kendra Suttles also had a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Liz Donohoe had 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Tiffany Bias had 13 points, five rebounds and six assists. Brittney Martin finished with 11 points.
Brianna Craig led the Wildcats (13-12, 4-9) with 17 points, including five 3-pointers.
Oklahoma State shot 54 percent from the field and dominated the boards 50-22.