Women's NCAA tournament: Griner's goodbye: 3 dunks

Baylor senior's 33 points, 22 boards mark home finale
2013-03-27T00:00:00Z 2014-05-05T19:01:12Z Women's NCAA tournament: Griner's goodbye: 3 dunksThe Associated Press The Associated Press
March 27, 2013 12:00 am  • 

WACO, Texas - Brittney Griner provided a most appropriate farewell in her final home game for Baylor: a trio of dunks and another double-double.

Griner had 33 points and a career-high 22 rebounds to go with her three highlight dunks, including a one-hand slam in the first half and two more in a 79-second span right before coming out of the game for good, as the defending national champions rolled past Florida State 85-47 on Tuesday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

With former President George W. Bush part of the crowd packed into the Ferrell Center to bid Griner farewell, the 6-foot-8-inch two-time All-American delivered.

"Tonight felt like senior night. Tonight was better," Griner said. "The three dunks. Just going out the way we did. Not everybody's lucky, and we were. We gave the crowd a good game."

The top-seeded Lady Bears (34-1) are in the Sweet 16 for the fourth year in a row. They play Louisville on Sunday in the semifinals of the Oklahoma City Regional.

Baylor has won a nation-best 57 straight home games in Waco.

• No. 5 Louisville 76, No. 4 Purdue 63: In Louisville, Ky., Sara Hammond had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help Louisville beat Purdue and advance to the round of 16 again.

The Cardinals (26-8) are in the regional semifinals for the second time in three years and fourth time in six years. The Boilermakers (25-9) have lost in the second round three straight years.

Spokane Regional

• No. 1 Stanford 73, No. 8 Michigan 40: In Stanford, Calif., Joslyn Tinkle made a career-high five three-pointers en route to 21 points in her final home game at Maples Pavilion, and top-seeded Stanford used a stellar perimeter shooting performance to reach the regional semifinals.

Chiney Ogwumike had 12 points and 15 rebounds on a night when the Cardinal's shooters took the pressure off just as coach Tara VanDerveer has been hoping they would.

Sara James shut down Michigan star Kate Thompson and scored nine points, and Stanford (33-2) won its 19th straight game to set up a matchup with fourth-seeded Georgia on Saturday and move a step closer to the program's goal of a sixth straight Final Four.

• No. 6 LSU 71, No. 3 Penn State 66: In Baton Rouge, La., Adrienne Webb scored a career-high 29 points, including two crucial free throws with 22 seconds left, to lead the Tigers.

Bianca Lutley overcame foul trouble and capped an 18-point night with a floater in traffic in the final minute to give LSU (22-11) the lead.

LSU next plays No. 2 seed California on Saturday in Spokane, Wash.

Nikki Greene scored 16 points for Penn State (26-6), whose loss meant all four No. 3 seeds were out of the tournament.

Bridgeport Regional

• No. 6 Delaware 78, No. 3 North Carolina 69: In Neward, Del., Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points in her final home game, and Delaware rallied past foul-plagued North Carolina to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA tourney for the first time in school history.

The Blue Hens (32-3) trailed 50-42 with 15:31 left before coming back to extend their school-record winning streak to 27 games and eliminate North Carolina (29-7). Delaware will next travel to Connecticut to face second-seeded Kentucky in the Bridgeport Regional semifinals Saturday.

Vice President Joe Biden was among those in the second straight sellout crowd at Delaware's compact arena.

• No. 2 Kentucky 84, No. 7 Dayton 70: In New York, A'dia Mathies followed up the worst game of her career with one of her best, matching a personal high with 34 points to lead second-seeded Kentucky over seventh-seeded Dayton.

With Kentucky (29-5) clinging to a 46-44 advantage early in the second half, Mathies scored 10 points during a 16-3 run to help the Wildcats take control.

Norfolk Regional

• No. 1 Notre Dame 74, No. 9 Iowa 57: In Iowa City, Iowa, Kayla McBride scored a career-high 28 points and top-seeded Notre Dame advanced to the regional semifinals with a win over Iowa.

Skylar Diggins had 16 points as the Irish (33-1) extended the school-record winning streak to 28 games and finished 13-0 on the road. Notre Dame will next face No. 12 Kansas in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday.

• No. 2 Duke 68, No. 7 Oklahoma State 59: In Durham, N.C., Elizabeth Williams had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Duke rallied to beat Oklahoma State.

Haley Peters added 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Tricia Liston scored eight of her 13 in the final 6-plus minutes and Chloe Wells also finished with 13 points for the second-seeded Blue Devils (32-2).

Duke moves on to play No. 6 Nebraska in the regional semifinals Sunday.

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