WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner and third-ranked Baylor were ready to play, and young No. 10 Tennessee never recovered after the Bears' fast start.
Griner scored the first six of the game and Baylor the first 17 on the way to its 45th straight win at home, a surprisingly easy 76-53 victory Tuesday night.
"Our defensive intensity, the excitement of the crowd, maybe it was the excitement of they're going home now for Christmas for a while," coach Kim Mulkey said.
"We haven't played (in a week). It's just like they were ready to go, our defensive intensity was pretty special there at the beginning. Everybody fed off of each other when the game started."
Tennessee (7-2) missed its first 11 shots.
Griner, who had 17 points and 12 rebounds for her third consecutive double double, already had nine points before the Vols finally scored.
"We just came out prepared and on fire," Griner said. "Any time we play Tennessee, it's a high-intensity game."
Along with the 6-foot-8 two-time All-American's 47th career double double, Brooklyn Pope had 11 points and 16 rebounds for the Bears (9-1).
In a rematch of last season's NCAA region final, a 77-58 Bears victory in Tennessee coach Pat Summitt's final game, the Vols trailed 41-16 at the half. That was their largest halftime deficit ever.
NO. 7 KENTUCKY 80, PEPPERDINE 62: DeNesha Stallworth scored 17, and the visiting Wildcats (9-1) won their eighth consecutive game.
NO. 14 LOUISVILLE 75, WASH. ST. 39: Sara Hammond scored 18 for the host Cardinals (10-2), who had lost two of their previous three games.
NO. 16 DAYTON 90, AKRON 59: Andrea Hoover and Cassie Sant scored 18 each as the visiting Flyers (11-0) romped.
TAMPA 68, ALA.-HUNTSVILLE 50: Shamika Williams had 20 points and Illyssa Vivo 18 to lead the Spartans (8-0) in a game at Florida Southern in Lakeland. Tampa is off to its best start since the 2009-10 squad opened 9-0.
MIAMI 72, UCF 50: Durand Scott had 17 points and Reggie Johnson 16 points and 13 rebounds for the visiting Hurricanes (7-1), who won their sixth straight game. The Knights (6-3) shot only 35.4 percent (17-of-48) for the game.
NO. 4 ARIZONA 89, ORAL ROBERTS 64: Mark Lyons scored 17, Grant Jerrett added 15 and the host Wildcats (9-0) showed no signs of a letdown after its last-second win over Florida.
NO. 7 OHIO ST. 65, WINTHROP 55: Deshaun Thomas scored 21 — missing nine straight shots at one point and making five in a row at another — to lead the host Buckeyes (9-1) to their fourth straight win.
NO. 9 KANSAS 87, RICHMOND 59: Jeff Withey had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Jayhawks (9-1), who will ride an eight-game winning streak into Saturday's showdown at Ohio State, a rematch of last year's national semifinal won by Kansas.
NO. 18 SAN DIEGO ST. 76, PT. LOMA NAZARENE 49: Xavier Thames scored 17 for the host Aztecs (9-1), who won their ninth straight while leading scorer Jamaal Franklin sat out with a back injury.
NO. 20 MICHIGAN ST. 64, BOWLING GREEN 53: Gary Harris and Denzel Valentine scored 12 each for the visiting Spartans (10-2), who struggled to put away the Falcons until late in the game.
NO. 25 N.C. STATE 88, STANFORD 79: Lorenzo Brown scored 18 of his season-high 24 after halftime as the host Wolfpack (8-2) won its fourth straight game.