Griner Leads Baylor In Routing Kansas 86-45
WACO (AP) – Brittney Griner had 26 points and had 13 rebounds to help No. 1 Baylor rout Kansas 86-45 on Wednesday night.
The 6-foot-8 senior moved into 10th all-time on the Division I scoring list passing Penn State great Kelly Mazzante. Griner has 2,929 points in her career.
Brooklyn Pope and Odyssey Sims each added 13 for Baylor (21-1, 11-0 Big 12) while Kimetria Hayden had 11 points.
Cece Harper had 11 points and Asia Boyd scored 10 for Kansas (14-7, 5-5).
Angel Goodrich had been scoring 14 points a game for Kansas, but was held to two points on Wednesday, and she did not score in the second half. Carolyn Davis, who had been second in the conference in field goal percentage, made just three of her 12 field goal attempts and finished with six points, four of those in the second period.
Griner, the Big 12 Conference’s all-time leading scorer, had 19 points in the first half. Baylor led 45-24 at the break and just blew Kansas away to open the second period. Baylor opened the second half on a 22-5 run, with Pope scoring seven and Hayden hitting back-to-back layups. After a Kansas turnover, Sims heaved a three-quarter court pass to Griner under the basket for an easy layup that gave Baylor a 68-29 lead with 13:11 to play, prompting Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson to call her fourth timeout of the game.
Kansas then scored the next four points, on two free throws by Boyd and a short jumper by Davis. Baylor then went on another run, with Sims hitting a pair of baskets and Niya Johnson making consecutive layups, leaving Baylor with a 78-33 lead with 6:55 remaining in the game. Kansas went nearly five minutes without a point.
Baylor took control early, using a 22-4 run to go up 29-9 with 8:07 left in the first half. Griner scored nine and had an assist during the streak.
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