Griner's huge game gets Baylor into final

Brittney Griner, shooting over Kansas State’s Branshea Brown, scores 45 for Baylor.

Associated Press

Brittney Griner, shooting over Kansas State’s Branshea Brown, scores 45 for Baylor.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Nearly every shot Brittney Griner put up before the game clanked off the rim, and the 6-foot-8 phenom for No. 1 Baylor was concerned.

"I kept hitting them short," she said.

"And I thought, 'Oh, I hope this isn't a sign.' "

If it was a sign, it was a good one.

Griner set a Big 12 tournament record with a career-high 45 points and added 10 rebounds and seven blocks in the Bears' 86-65 rout of Kansas State in the semifinals on Friday.

The junior finished 19-of-28 from the field to better her 41 points in the regular-season finale against Iowa State. She received a standing ovation from fans of both teams when she left the game with about 2½ minutes left.

"She's an unbelievable player," Kansas State's Brittany Chambers said. "It's fun to be on the court with her … I guess now saying it; not when it's happening."

Chambers scored 18 to lead the Wildcats (19-13), who have lost 14 straight to the Bears.

Baylor (34-0) plays defending national champion Texas A&M today in its quest to become the first program, men's or women's, to finish a season 40-0.

Griner scored 23 in the first half despite going the final five minutes without a field goal. She scored eight during a 16-2 run that made it 37-20.

No. 2 Stanford 52, Ariz. St. 43: Nnemkadi Ogwumike had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Cardinal (30-1), which faces Cal in today's Pac-12 final in Los Angeles.

No. 7 Del. 74, Old Dominion 54: Elena Delle Donne had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Blue Hens (28-1), who face UNC-Wilmington in the Colonial semifinals in Upper Marlboro, Md.

No. 10 Wis.-Green Bay 73, Ill.-Chicago 53: Adrian Ritchie scored 22 for the host Phoenix (29-1), who face Detroit in the Horizon final Sunday.

No. 22 Texas A&M 79, Oklahoma 66: Kelsey Bone scored 16 for the Aggies (22-9), who face Baylor today.

Howard 51, FAMU 43: Saadia Doyle scored 21 as the Bison ousted the Rattlers (22-8) in the MEAC semifinals in Winston-Salem, N.C. Howard faces Hampton today.

Southland: Caitlyn Baggett scored 21 and twin sister Ashlyn 14 as McNeese State (26-7) beat Stephen F. Austin 60-56 in the final in Katy, Texas.

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Griner's huge game gets Baylor into final 03/09/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 10, 2012 12:39am]

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