The Lady Bears haven’t lost since falling in the quarterfinals of last year’s tournament. They routed UC Santa Barbara on Sunday.
Sims usually works the ball up the court and makes a pass. But if opposing teams are intent on surrounding Griner with multiple defenders, the feisty point guard can just as easily make a jumper or drive to the basket herself.
Baylor is the unanimous No. 1 choice in The Associated Press final women’s college basketball poll while Princeton becomes the first Ivy League team to join the rankings, entering at No. 24.
Brittney Griner had a career-high 45 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots, leading No. 1 Baylor to an 86-65 rout of Kansas State on Friday in the Big 12 tournament semifinals.
The Lady Bears (32-0) move into Friday’s semifinal against Kansas State. Against the Lady Raiders (19-13), they built a 24-point halftime lead and kept up the pressure in the second half.
Griner is sixth in the nation in scoring with 23.8 points per game and the junior center leads the country in blocked shots with 5.1 for top-ranked Baylor, which is 31-0 so far.
The top-seeded Lady Bears can reach 40 wins with three in the league tournament in Kansas City and six more in the NCAA tournament.
Griner is having another All-America season. But the 6-foot-8 junior isn’t the only reason the Lady Bears (30-0) can wrap up their first undefeated regular season Saturday against Iowa State.
The top-ranked Baylor remained perfect this season by beating Oklahoma State 83-51 on Wednesday night.
Baylor All-American Brittney Griner is among 21 finalists for the U.S. women’s basketball team that will compete at the London Olympics.
The Lady Bears (24-0) are the only remaining undefeated men’s or women’s team in major college basketball. They have won a school-record 36 consecutive home games.
No. 1 Baylor hopes to extend its winning streak and avenge one of its three losses last season when the Lady Bears visit No. 17 Texas Tech on Wednesday night.