Feb. 28, 2010
WACO, Texas (AP) - Brittney Griner scored 20 points and blocked 10 shots to help No. 17 Baylor to a 70-47 win over Kansas Sunday afternoon at the Ferrell Center.
Shanay Washington scored 16 points and Kelli Griffin had nine points, nine assists and rebounds rebounds for the Lady Bears (21-7, 8-6 Big 12). Baylor made its first nine shots and quickly opened a double-digit lead en route to the easy win.
"It was good to go out there and see Shanay (Washington) have a good game, said Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey. "It was good to go out there and see Morghan (Medlock) and Kelli (Griffin) get back to playing like we know they can and Brittney has done it the whole year with two or three people hanging on her."
Carolyn Davis scored 15 to lead Kansas (15-12, 5-9).
Baylor went up 19-9 on a three-point play by Washington with 14:19 left in the first period. The Bears led by a dozen twice in the first half before an eight-point run by Kansas cut its deficit to 27-23 with 4:44 to play. Monica Engelman hit a basket and two free throws during the stretch for Kansas.
That eight-point spurt was Kansas' only sustained scoring run. The Jayhawks didn't score more than four consecutive points at any other time in the game.
Baylor then proceeded to close the period on an 8-0 run to go up 35-23 at the half. Griner's jumper and layup sparked an 11-4 spurt to open the second half and give Baylor a 46-27 lead with 14:52 to go and put the game out of reach.
"That run prior to halftime was very big," Mulkey said. "That group that was on the floor did a good job continuing to defend, push the ball and continue to take good shots. I thought that was a big statement over those last three or four minutes to extend the lead to double-figures as opposed to letting them tie it or cut the lead even more."
The Bears made all 13 of their free throw attempts while Kansas was 4-of-6 from the line.
Morghan Medlock also had a strong game for Baylor, finishing with eight points and nine rebounds.
The Lady Bears will next be in action Wednesday as they travel to Lubbock to take on the Lady Raiders of Texas Tech. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.