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Griner, Baylor overwhelm FSU women

Brittney Griner stuffs FSU’s Natasha Howard for one of her four blocks to go with 33 points and 22 rebounds.

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Brittney Griner stuffs FSU’s Natasha Howard for one of her four blocks to go with 33 points and 22 rebounds.

WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner provided a most appropriate goodbye in her final home game for Baylor: a trio of dunks and another double double.

Griner had 33 points and a career-high 22 rebounds to go with her three highlight dunks. She had a one-handed slam in the first half and two within 79 seconds right before she came out for good, as the defending national champion Bears rolled past Florida State 85-47 Tuesday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

With former President George W. Bush part of the crowd at the Ferrell Center for the final home game of Griner's career, the 6-foot-8 two-time All-American delivered, helping the Bears (34-1) reach the Sweet 16 for the fourth year in a row.

Brooklyn Pope had 12 points for Baylor, which has won a nation-best 57 games in a row at home. Odyssey Sims had 11 points and Kimetria Hayden 10.

Leonor Rodriguez had 11 points and was the only player in double figures for the eighth-seeded Seminoles (23-10), who at the end of the regular season were the only one of the 343 Division I teams with five players averaging in double figures.

LOUISVILLE 76, PURDUE 63: Sara Hammond had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help the fifth-seeded Cardinals (26-8) beat the fourth-seeded Boilermakers (25-9).

Spokane Region

STANFORD 73, MICHIGAN 40: Joslyn Tinkle hit a career-high five 3-pointers on the way to 21 points in her final home game at Maples Pavilion, and the top-seeded Cardinal (33-2) made 12 of 25 3s to rout the No. 8 seed Wolverines (22-11).

LSU 71, PENN ST. 66: Adrienne Webb scored a career-high 29, including two crucial free throws with 22 seconds left, and the No. 6 seed Tigers (22-11) edged the visiting Lions (26-6), whose loss meant all the No. 3 seeds were eliminated.

Norfolk Region

NOTRE DAME 74, IOWA 57: Kayla McBride scored a career-high 28 for the top-seeded Fighting Irish (33-1), who won their 28th straight game and finished 13-0 on the road. The ninth-seeded Hawkeyes (21-13) missed all 11 3-pointers and had 21 turnovers.

DUKE 68, OKLA. ST. 59: Elizabeth Williams had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and the host and second-seeded Blue Devils (32-2) rallied from a 15-point second-half deficit to beat the No. 7 seed Cowgirls (22-11).

Bridgeport Region

DELAWARE 78, UNC 69: Elena Delle Donne had 33 points in her final home game, and the sixth-seeded Blue Hens (32-3) rallied past the foul-plagued third-seeded Tar Heels (29-7) to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.

KENTUCKY 84, DAYTON 70: A'dia Mathies matched her career high with 34 points, leading the second-seeded Wildcats (29-5) over the seventh-seeded Flyers (28-3) in New York.

Griner, Baylor overwhelm FSU women 03/26/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:14am]
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