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Cold-shooting Griner lifts Baylor anyway

AUSTIN, Texas — Another win, another milestone for No. 1 Baylor and Brittney Griner.

Neither came easy.

Griner fought through a tough shooting night to score 27, reaching 1,000 for her career in just 51 games, to lead the Bears to an 87-72 win over Texas on Wednesday night.

Griner was 9-of-24 from the field but 9-of-12 from the free-throw line and added 10 rebounds. The sophomore also blocked seven shots to give her 303 for her career, No. 2 all-time in the Big 12.

"I got a little frustrated," the 6-foot-8 sophomore said of a night that saw her miss several layups and short jumpers. "I tried to get closer to the rim and just drop it in instead of shoot it."

Griner nearly dunked as Baylor was starting to seize control in the second half but did indeed drop in a soft shot instead.

Odyssey Sims added 23 points for Baylor (15-1, 2-0) which won its 12th in a row and snapped a two-game losing streak to the Longhorns.

NO. 2 UCONN 84, ST. JOHN'S 52: Maya Moore and Tiffany Hayes scored 21 each, and the visiting Huskies (15-1, 5-0 Big East) gave coach Geno Auriemma his 750th career win against 123 losses in 26 seasons at UConn.

NO. 7 TEXAS A&M 82, OKLA. ST. 57: Maryann Baker had a career-high 21 points and Tyra White had a career-best 13 rebounds for the Aggies (14-1, 2-0) in their Big 12 road opener.

NO. 8 XAVIER 75, SAINT JOSEPH'S 54: Ta'Shia Phillips had 20 points and 17 rebounds, and the visiting Musketeers (12-2, 2-0 Atlantic 10) rallied from a halftime deficit.

NO. 12 NOTRE DAME 80, LOUISVILLE 60: Devereaux Peters had 14 points and Kayla McBride had 13 as the host Irish (14-4, 3-1 Big East) cruised.

NO. 15 OKLAHOMA 52, KANSAS ST. 45: Danielle Robinson had 20 points for the host Sooners (12-3, 2-0 Big 12), who trailed 20-15 at the break, their lowest-scoring first half in more than 10 years.

NO. 23 WISC.-G.B. 72, LOYOLA OF CHICAGO 51: Kayla Tetschlag had 25 points for the host Phoenix (16-1, 5-0 Horizon League), who used a 16-2 run at the start of the second half to pull away.

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TAMPA 72, SAINT LEO 59: Taja Green had 19 points and Gianna Messina 18 points and 12 rebounds as the host Spartans (12-2, 5-0 Sunshine State) beat the Lions (7-8, 0-5).

FLA. SOUTHERN 84, ECKERD 46: Emma Cannon had 17 points and the host Moccasins hit 12 3-pointers to rout the Tritons (9-5, 3-2 SSC).

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