NCAA Womens Basketball
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.
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.
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.
School officials announced Tuesday that the sixth-ranked Bears’ game on Wednesday night against No. 7 Kansas is sold out, as is Saturday’s game in the Ferrell Center when the No. 1 Lady Bears host No. 15 Texas A&M.
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.
The Lady Bears received all the first-place votes Monday for the sixth straight week after beating Missouri and Iowa State.
Tyra White had 20 points and Kelsey Bone added 18 points to lead No. 9 Texas A&M to a 75-58 win over Oklahoma on Sunday.
No. 8 Texas A&M, the defending national champion, has made a habit of following Jim Valvano’s motto: “Don’t ever give up.”