Griner, Baylor (23-0) win big

MANHATTAN, Kan. — Brittney Griner scored 29 in a dominating performance, and No. 1 Baylor cruised to a 70-41 victory over Kansas State on Saturday night to stay perfect.

Destiny Williams added 14 points and Odyssey Sims finished with 13 for the Bears (23-0, 10-0 Big 12), who extended the best start in school history.

It's the second-best start in conference history, behind former member Nebraska, which won its first 30 during the 2009-10 season.

Griner pushed her career points total to 2,020, the fourth player in school history to eclipse 2,000. Griner is the first Division I player to break that barrier while also recording at least 500 rebounds.

"I'm glad she's on my team," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "I wouldn't know how to guard her."

The Wildcats have dropped 13 straight to Baylor.

Smith's 18 not enough for USF

Andrell Smith led three USF players in double figures, tying a career high with 18 points, but the visiting Bulls failed to contain the Syracuse offense in a 76-61 loss.

Kaneisha Saunders posted 10 points, and senior Jasmine Wynne extended her double-digit scoring streak to 20 games with 10 points in the Bulls' third straight loss. USF (12-12, 4-6 Big East) trailed by 31 with 7:10 remaining and closed on a 24-8 run.

"It was a respectable score, but we never gave ourselves a chance in the second half," USF coach Jose Fernandez said.

No. 3 uConn 66, No. 13 Rutgers 34: Stefanie Dolson scored 16, Tiffany Hayes had 14 and the Huskies (21-2, 9-1 Big East) rolled to a 98th consecutive home victory. Rutgers (17-6, 6-4) has been blown out by No. 20 Georgetown, second-ranked Notre Dame and now the Huskies. "I'm happy this all happened," Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer said. "My challenge is much more clear. Either you step to it or you don't want to be here."

No. 4 Stanford 91, Ariz. 51: Joslyn Tinkle had a career-high 22 points and matched her career best with 11 rebounds for the visiting Cardinal (20-1, 11-0 Pac-12). Stanford beat the Wildcats for the 21st time in a row.

No. 10 Wis.-Green Bay 85, Wis.-Milwaukee 39: Julie Wojta scored 14 of her 16 in the first half for the host Phoenix (20-0, 10-0 Horizon League). Green Bay, with its highest ranking ever, has 40 straight regular-season victories.

W. VA. 66, NO. 14 LOUISVILLE 50: Asya Bussie had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the host Mountaineers. Shoni Schimmel scored 16 for the Cardinals (17-6, 6-4 Big East).

No. 17 Georgetown 65, CincY 54: Sugar Rodgers scored 19 to lead four players in double figures for the visiting Hoyas (18-5, 7-3 Big East).

No. 18 Texas A&M 62, Kansas 51: Kelsey Bone had a season-high 26 points and eight rebounds, and the host Aggies (16-5, 7-3 Big 12) won their third straight.

NO. 20 GONZAGA 69, S. DIEGO 58: Katelan Redmon scored 24 and Kayla Standish had 15 points and 13 rebounds for the host Bulldogs (21-3, 10-1 West Coast Conference).

NO. 22 BYU 83, ST. MARY'S 47: Jennifer Hamson had 18 points and nine rebounds for the host Cougars (21-4, 9-2), who converted 29 turnovers into 40 points.

barry 60, tampa 46: The host Spartans (9-12, 2-9 SSC) gave up a 9-0 run in the second half and couldn't recover. Tampa had three in double figures: Moriah Hodge, 14 points; Illyssa Vivo, 11 points and Sarah Wickham, 10.

Griner, Baylor (23-0) win big 02/04/12 [Last modified: Sunday, February 5, 2012 12:07am]

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