LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Brittney Griner scored 21 points before getting ejected from the game to lead Baylor (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) past Texas Tech 69-60 on Wednesday night.
"There's no place for that in sports," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "It was ugly for women's basketball. It was ugly that coaches were on the court, that benches cleared, and I will take care of that with my team."
Tech (17-12, 5-10 Big 12) trailed 51-31 with 11:19 remaining but used a 14-5 run to pull within 60-55 with 3:01 left. Baylor hit 8-of-12 free throws down the stretch to seal the win, the fifth straight for the Lady Bears (22-7, 8-6).
"I think there was about nine minutes left on the clock and we just kept competing and got to the foul line and shot some free throws and kept the ball in Kelli's (Griffin) hands." Mulkey said. "I thought Ashley Field and Morghan Medlock got some big rebounds to give us another 30 seconds and just kind of, just hung on. Just basically had a big enough lead and enough composure and poise with some of the kids to hold on and win."
The Lady Bears outscored Texas Tech in the paint 46-28. Baylor also tallied 14 fast break points.
Jordan Murphree scored 16 points to lead Texas Tech, which was outrebounded 42-26.
Baylor will close out the regular season with a Sunday afternoon matchup against No. 18 Texas. Tip-off is schedule for 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on FOX Sports Net.
"I know that we are playing good basketball and it is a good thing that we are playing it late in the year," Mulkey said. "We will get those injured kids back for the NCAA playoffs."