Jan. 13, 2010
WACO, Texas (AP) - Brittney Griner had 12 points, 11 blocked shots, and nine rebounds to lead No. 9 Baylor to a 57-47 victory over No. 13 Oklahoma on Wednesday night.
Even while drawing three defenders - and sometimes four - just about every time Baylor had the ball, the 6-foot-8 Griner still had a big impact. She now has 99 blocks this season, only 20 shy of the single-season Big 12 record set by Courtney Paris for Oklahoma in 2006.
Washington had a steal and a driving layup, then hit the free throw after being fouled to put the Lady Bears up 31-29 with 16 minutes left, and they never trailed again. Washington had another steal and drive three minutes later, hitting both free throws after being fouled again to stretch the lead to 35-29.
Danielle Robinson had 15 points to lead Oklahoma (11-4, 1-1), and Abi Olajuwon had 10 points despite being limited to only 13 minutes because of foul trouble.
Before a late charge by the Sooners, Baylor went ahead 47-35 with about 7 minutes left when Kelli Griffin had an open lane to drive for a layup because neither of the defenders on Griner broke off to try to stop Griffin.
The Lady Bears extended their home court winning streak to 14 games. They were coming off a surprising 78-65 loss at Oklahoma State in their conference opener Saturday that snapped their 13-game overall winning streak since a season-opening loss at Tennessee.
Baylor guard Melissa Jones missed her second consecutive game because of a stress fracture in her right leg. Oklahoma has been without guard Whitney Hand since she tore a knee ligament in November.
When the Sooners won the opening tip of the game, though Griner actually swatted the ball their way, Olajuwon pumped her fist in celebration. But 34 seconds later, Olajuwon - Oklahoma's center and tallest player at 6-4 - was already on the bench after committing two fouls.
Joanna McFarland replaced Olajuwon and had two fouls in 57 seconds. Lyndsey Cloman then took over and needed less than a minute to get her first foul.
Despite all those early fouls, most coming while trying to guard Griner, Oklahoma led 25-24 at halftime.
Ashley Field hit a 3-pointer to put Baylor up 18-11, but the Lady Bears then went almost five minutes without scoring and Oklahoma tied the game at 18 on Lauren Willis' three free throws. The Sooners were up at the half after Nyeshia Stevenson's 3-pointer with 1:36 left that capped a 14-4 run.