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Griner's 3,000th caps Bears rally

Baylor’s Brittney Griner, losing the ball under pressure in the second half, scores 21 of her 25 after the break to key a comeback.

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Baylor’s Brittney Griner, losing the ball under pressure in the second half, scores 21 of her 25 after the break to key a comeback.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Brittney Griner had 25 points, including the 3,000th of her career, to help No. 1 Baylor rally past third-ranked Connecticut 76-70 on Monday night and win their 23rd straight game.

Griner became the eighth player in Division I history to reach the milestone, doing it on two free throws with 1:05 left. She scored 21 in the second half, seeming to gain energy after committing a flagrant foul.

"Just got more aggressive," Griner said. "Coach told me I need to be more aggressive in the paint, go to the goal, so that's what I did."

The defending national champion Bears' only loss this season came in Hawaii against Stanford in November. Baylor (25-1) went 40-0 last season en route to the school's second national championship.

Baylor led 54-53 midway through the second half, then Griner took over. She scored seven during a quick burst, and her putback made it 67-61 with 5 minutes left.

UConn (24-2) rallied behind Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis to make it 67-65, but Griner answered with a putback and hit the two milestone free throws 1:30 later to seal the win.

"It's always good to give yourself a gauge of what you need to work on," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "I told them at halftime, it's been a long time since we've had to execute on offense. We're so athletic and so good and so talented, we just go play basketball. But against good teams who play great defensively, you must execute. And we needed to do some things better in the second half."

Griner had missed key free throws down the stretch when she was a sophomore in a one-point loss at Connecticut. This time, she beat the only team in the country that she didn't have a winning record against.

NO. 8 KENTUCKY 70, NO. 10 TEXAS A&M 66: The visiting Wildcats (23-3, 11-2 SEC) held off the Aggies (20-6, 10-2), who lost for the first time since Jan. 10 at Kentucky.

NO. 14 DAYTON 58, DUQUESNE 57: Andrea Hoover scored 20 for the host Flyers (22-1, 10-0 Atlantic 10), who rallied with a late 13-0 run and won their 10th straight game.

AP POLL: Baylor remained No. 1 for a seventh straight week. Nebraska and Wisconsin-Green Bay entered at No. 24 and 25. Oklahoma and Iowa State dropped out.

Men

NO. 25 NOTRE DAME 51, NO. 20 PITT 42: Jerian Grant and Jack Cooley scored 13 each, and the visiting Irish rallied (21-6, 9-5 Big East) from down 16 after missing 18 of their first 19 shots. Notre Dame has won five in a row over the Panthers (20-7, 8-6).

NO. 13 KANSAS ST. 71, W. VA. 61: Will Spradling scored 19 for the host Wildcats (21-5, 10-3 Big 12), who used a big first-half run to ruin the return of Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins to the school he helped rebuild.

B-CU 64, HOWARD 50: Paul Scotland scored 16 to lead four players in double figures for host Bethune-Cookman (10-16, 5-6 MEAC).

COACH SLAPPED FOR SHOVE: California coach Mike Montgomery was reprimanded by the Pac-12 for shoving star guard Allen Crabbe in the chest during Sunday's game. The conference did not announce the specific punishment, although Montgomery will not be suspended.

TAX ARREST: Former North Carolina State coach Sidney Lowe was arrested and charged with failing to file his North Carolina state income taxes for three years. Lowe didn't file returns in 2009, 2010 and 2011, the last three years he coached the Wolfpack, according to the state Department of Revenue.

OFFICIALS DISCIPLINED: The Missouri Valley Conference disciplined the officiating crew from Sunday night's Wichita State-Illinois State game after it awarded technical free throws to the wrong player in the closing seconds.

Griner's 3,000th caps Bears rally 02/18/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 12:09am]

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