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Griner sets blocks mark as Baylor topples UConn

Brittney Griner, defending against Kelly Faris, sets the Big 12 career record for blocks, surpassing Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris.

Associated Press

Brittney Griner, defending against Kelly Faris, sets the Big 12 career record for blocks, surpassing Oklahoma’s Courtney Paris.

WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner scored 12 of her 25 points in a closing run that pushed the top-ranked Baylor women past No. 2 Connecticut 66-61 Sunday.

The Bears (11-0) avenged a one-point loss at UConn last season.

Griner, a junior, also had nine rebounds and nine blocks. She made all seven of her free throws, six in a game-ending 27-11 run.

"All you can do is hope she misses or hope they can't get her the ball," UConn coach Geno Auriemma said of Griner.

The 6-foot-8 Griner's fifth block gave her 447 for her career, surpassing Courtney Paris, who played four seasons at Oklahoma.

"She's blessed," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said.

Odyssey Sims had 23 points for the Bears.

Bria Hartley led Connecticut (9-1) with 25 points.

"We didn't let it faze us," Griner said of Baylor's late deficit.

no. 3 notre dame 92, no. 8 uk 83: Skylar Diggins' only 3-pointer led the host Irish (10-1) past the Wildcats (10-1). Natalie Novosel led five Notre Dame players in double figures with 23 points, and Diggins (16 points, 11 assists) and Devereaux Peters (13 points, 13 rebounds) had double doubles. Samantha Drake had 21 points for Kentucky.

No. 10 Texas A&M 71, USC 70: Sydney Carter made a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left and the Aggies (8-2) won their 47th straight nonconference home game. USC, which led 69-61 with 2:34 left, had Ashley Corral miss a 3-pointer with four seconds left. Trojans guard Jacki Gemelos might be done for the season after hurting her left knee, leading coach Michael Cooper to cry after the game.

NO. 11 RUTGERS 62, IONA 29: April Sykes scored 18 and the host Scarlet Knights (10-2) allowed only two field goals in the second half.

NO. 16 PENN ST. 103, WAGNER 42: Alex Bentley and Maggie Lucas each scored 23 for the host Lions (9-2), who led 57-19 at halftime.

S. CAROLINA 79, NO. 18 UNC 48: The Gamecocks held the Tar Heels (7-2), the nation's highest-scoring team at 87.5, to their lowest point total in nearly two years in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

N.C. STATE 66, NO. 20 VANDy 59: Kody Burke scored a career-high 21 for the host Wolfpack. The Commodores (10-1) lost momentum in the second half when Christina Foggie sat for almost six minutes with foul trouble.

NO. 22 PURDUE 62, AUBURN 54: Alex Guyton scored a career-high 19 and the visiting Boilermakers (8-3) hit 8 of 9 free throws in the final four minutes to hold on.

NO. 25 NEB. 94, VERMONT 41: Jordan Hooper scored 21 as the host Cornhuskers (10-1) opened the second half with a 23-1 run.

Men: Oral Roberts upsets No. 8 Xavier

CINCINNATI — Dominique Morrison scored 19, leading Oral Roberts to a 64-42 victory over unbeaten and eighth-ranked Xavier, which had three starters suspended because of a brawl with Cincinnati on Dec. 10.

The Musketeers (8-1) didn't have point guard Tu Holloway, shooting guard Mark Lyons or forward Dez Wells, who account for 40 percent of their points.

"Full strength it might have been a different game, but they weren't here to play so we don't know," Morrison said. "We can't control what happened last week."

NO. 9 UCONN 77, HOLY CROSS 40: Freshman Andre Drummond scored a season-high 24 as the Huskies (9-1) extended their home winning streak to 40 games against nonconference foes.

no. 10 missouri 94, William & Mary 56: Sixth man Michael Dixon scored a career-high 30 for the host Tigers (11-0), off to their best start in two decades. Missouri took a 19-0 lead as the Tribe missed its first eight shots, committing five fouls and 10 turnovers. Missouri is one of seven unbeatens in Division I, joining Syracuse, Louisville, Baylor, Marquette, Indiana and Murray State.

Griner sets blocks mark as Baylor topples UConn 12/18/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 19, 2011 12:03am]
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