Baylor's Brittany Griner breaks blocks record

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Brittney Griner now has the record she always wanted.

How about a block party for the two-time All-American from Baylor who already holds the NCAA women's record with 11 dunks and is a three-point play from becoming the Big 12's career scoring leader?

Griner set the NCAA career record for blocked shots, getting the record-tying and record-setting blocks by swatting away two shots by Oklahoma's Aaryn Ellenberg, as the top-ranked Bears won, 82-65, Saturday in Waco, Texas, for their 50th consecutive win at home.

"Definitely happy I got that. Now I'm going to try to set it higher," the 6-foot-8 Griner said. "Blocked shots keep the other team from scoring, that's just how I look at it. Blocked shots kind of remind me when I played volleyball, I used to love to spike. ... That's why I like [blocks] the most."

With eight in the game, Griner has 665 career blocks, two more than Louella Tomlinson had for Saint Mary's from 2007-11.

"As good as she is on the offensive end, where she really changes games is on the defensive end," Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said. "She obviously has the wingspan and the athleticism, but she also has that innate sense that I think all great shot blockers have knowing when to go get it."

By fouling out for only the second time in her 131 career games, Griner missed a chance to also break the Big 12 scoring record before Baylor (18-1, 8-0) plays its next two games on the road. Her 2,833 career points are two shy of matching Oklahoma State's Andrea Riley's.

Griner finished with 15 points to lead six players in double figures for Baylor, which has won 36 consecutive Big 12 regular-season and tournament games.

Ellenberg had 33 points for the Sooners (15-4, 5-2).

Other Top 25 game

• Notre Dame 89, Providence 44: Skylar Diggins scored 21 points, all in the first half on 9-of-9 shooting, and No. 2 Notre Dame (18-1, 7-0 Big East) dominated visiting Providence (6-13, 1-5) from the start to win its 13th in a row.


• Georgetown 69, Pitt 57: Sugar Rodgers scored 25 points and had nine assists to lead the host Hoyas (12-8, 3-4 Big East) past the Panthers, Pitt's sixth loss in a row. Brianna Kiesel had 22 points for the Panthers (9-10, 0-6).

• Robert Morris 61, Mount St. Mary's 59: Lou Mataly made a layup with 1.9 seconds remaining to rally Robert Morris (4-14, 3-4 Northeast Conference) past Mount St. Mary's (8-10, 4-3) at Sewall Center. Mataly led the Colonials with 22 points and six 3-pointers, both career highs. Artemis Spanou added 20 points for Robert Morris, which trailed, 57-47, with 7:31 left in the game.

• Iowa State 53, West Virginia 49: Hallie Christofferson had 23 points as No. 24 Iowa State (14-4, 5-3 Big 12) edged West Virginia (11-8, 3-5) at WVU Coliseum.

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