Women: Griner gains revenge in Act II of 1 vs. 2 with UConn

2011-12-19T00:00:00Z 2014-05-05T19:00:42Z Women: Griner gains revenge in Act II of 1 vs. 2 with UConnThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 19, 2011 12:00 am  • 

WACO, Texas - Brittney Griner can finally forget about those missed free throws in Baylor's one-point loss at Connecticut in another 1-2 matchup.

This time, Griner was flawless from the line and scored 12 of her 25 points in the closing run that pushed the top-ranked Lady Bears past No. 2 UConn 66-61 on Sunday night.

"That's the first thing I looked at," Griner said, holding the stat sheet that showed she made all seven free throws - six in that game-ending 27-11 spurt. "I just knew I had to knock them down, stayed calmed and did everything I needed to do."

The Huskies may have a hard time getting over the thought of Griner, Baylor's 6-foot-8 junior All-America pick, making shots and swatting others away.

Griner also had nine rebounds and nine blocked shots for the Lady Bears (11-0), who overcame an 11-point deficit in the second half and won their second No. 1 vs. No. 2 game this season.

Baylor also avenged that loss at Connecticut early last season when the rankings were reversed and Griner missed eight free throws.

"The obvious answer is she's just a lot bigger than any kid that she's going to be playing against," said UConn's Geno Auriemma, who coached Griner on the U.S. national women's basketball team this past offseason.

"She's developed a little bit of an aggressiveness and a few more ways to score than she's had in the past and that's made it really difficult to defend her."

Odyssey Sims had 23 points for the Lady Bears, whose 29-game home winning streak includes a 94-81 win over then-No. 2 Notre Dame in November.

"We said going into the game, Odyssey Sims is going to decide this game," Auriemma said. "Brittney is going to get what Brittney gets every night. And that was a typical Brittney game."

Bria Hartley led Connecticut (9-1) with 25 points, while Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis had 15 and Tiffany Hayes 10.

It was the most anticipated home game ever for the Lady Bears, the first time a men's or women's game sold out in advance at Ferrell Center. The record crowd of 10,627 included Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, who flashed the pose and got a huge ovation when he was shown on the screen.

• No. 3 Notre Dame 92, No. 8 Kentucky 83: In South Bend, Ind., Skylar Diggins made her only three-pointer of the game and then forced a turnover as Notre Dame used an 11-0 run to hand Kentucky its first loss of the season.

Natalie Novosel had 23 points, while Diggins (16 points, 11 assists) and Devereaux Peters (13 points, 13 rebounds) each had double-doubles for Notre Dame (10-1).

• No. 10 Texas A&M 71, USC 70: In College Station, Texas, Sydney Carter made a three-pointer with 10 seconds left and Texas A&M rallied for its 47th straight nonconference home win.

USC (4-5) led 69-61 with 2:34 remaining before Texas A&M (8-2) took over.

• South Carolina 79, No. 18 North Carolina 48: In Myrtle Beach, S.C., La'Keisha Sutton scored 21 points, Markeshia Grant added 20 and South Carolina held North Carolina to its lowest point total in nearly two years.

The Gamecocks (9-2) broke out to an 11-0 lead and never let off the gas pedal against the Tar Heels (7-2), who came in as the nation's highest-scoring team at 87.5 points a game.

• Washington 85, Houston 60: In Seattle, Mackenzie Argens had 19 points and 17 rebounds to lead Washington to victory.

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