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.