Women's Basketball Roundup: No. 1 Baylor, Griner blast WVU, 80-49
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A record crowd at WVU Coliseum in Morgantown came to see Brittney Griner and top-ranked Baylor. But Mountaineers coach Mike Carey admits his team wasn't quite ready.
West Virginia (17-11, 9-8 Big 12) went scoreless the first five minutes of the game and could not make up for a big early deficit, falling to the Bears (28-1, 17-0), 80-49, Saturday night.
"I thought we played scared in the beginning," Carey said.
West Virginia tied its lowest point total of the season. The Mountaineers attempted 21 more field goals than Baylor but shot just 22.5 percent from the floor in seeing their three-game winning streak snapped.
Putting two defenders on Griner didn't work. The Baylor star recorded her fifth career triple-double.
"It's a lot easier to score and a lot easier to defend them when she's not in there," Carey said. "You pay so much attention to her. You try to keep her off the boards, and the others pick up the slack, because she makes everyone around her that much better."
Griner finished with 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.
It was her first triple-double since November 2010 and tied her with Kansas State's Shalee Lehning (2006-09) for the most in conference history.
"She brings it like that every day," said coach Kim Mulkey. "That's what makes her special. When I go to practice, I just know if I see Brittney, it makes our practice because she's just that kind of kid. She's not a prima donna, she just works."
Other Top 25 games
• Notre Dame 92, Providence 57: Skylar Diggins scored 28 points as No. 2 Notre Dame (27-1, 15-0) clinched a share of its second consecutive Big East regular-season title and tuned up for a Big East rematch with No. 3 Connecticut Monday by racing past host Providence (7-21, 2-13).
• Connecticut 85, South Florida 51: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored a career-high 32 points and Stefanie Dolson added 25 as visiting No. 3 Connecticut (27-2, 14-1) routed South Florida (19-9, 8-7).
• Stanford 72, Washington State 50: Chiney Ogwumike had 28 points and 13 rebounds to help No. 4 Stanford (28-2, 17-1) clinch at least a share of the Pac-12 conference title with a win at Washington State (10-19, 6-12).
• California 78, Washington 50: Talia Caldwell finished with 22 points, and No. 6 California (27-2, 17-1) claimed a share of the Pac-12 regular-season title for the first time in school history by routing host Washington (19-10, 11-7).
• Green Bay 67, Illinois-Chicago 36: Sarah Eichler scored 16 points as visiting No. 21 Green Bay (24-2, 14-0 Horizon) steamrolled Illinois-Chicago (9-18, 5-9).
• Villanova 77, Syracuse 75: Laura Sweeny scored 29 points to help Villanova (19-6, 8-7 Big East) upset No. 22 Syracuse (22-6, 10-5) in triple overtime.
• TCU 61, Iowa State 58: Zahna Medley scored 18 points and TCU (9-19, 2-15 Big 12) upset visiting No. 23 Iowa State (20-7, 11-6).
• Central Connecticut State 69, Robert Morris 60: Artemis Spanou posted 28 points and 16 rebounds but host Central Connecticut State (15-13, 9-8) pulled away in the second half to beat Robert Morris (7-21, 6-11). Former Mt. Lebanon standout Jessica Babe led the Blue Devils with 21 points and her sister, Jaclyn, added 18.
First Published March 3, 2013 12:00 am