No. 1 Baylor hammers Cats, 76-41

By The Mercury

WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner had 22 points and 12 rebounds and No. 1 Baylor stretched its school-record home winning streak to 34 with a 76-41 victory over No. 23 Kansas State on Saturday night.

The Lady Bears (19-0, 6-0 Big 12), one of only two undefeated women’s teams in Division I, took control of the game with a 12-0 run midway through the first half. Griner started that spurt, and put them ahead to stay, when her short jumper and free throw after being fouled on the shot broke an 11-all tie.

Baylor has won all six of its games this season against Top 25 teams.

Brittany Chambers had 16 points and Tasha Dickey 10 for the Wildcats (13-5, 4-2), who have now lost two in a row since joining the Top 25 rankings.

Kimetria Hayden added 11 points for the Lady Bears. Destiny Williams had 13 rebounds, her fourth consecutive game and sixth of seven with at least 10 rebounds. Griner played 29 minutes for her 10th double-double this season and 36th in 91 career games.

The other undefeated women’s team is Green Bay (17-0), which hasn’t lost since an 86-76 loss to Baylor in the NCAA round of 16 in Dallas last March.

After Chambers stopped and stepped around a defender for a short jumper in the lane just more than 6 minutes in the game, she already had nine points and the game was tied at 11.

Griner then missed a shot, but Williams grabbed the rebound and got the ball right back to Baylor’s 6-foot-8 All-American. Griner made the basket while being fouled.

Shanay Washington, whose season debut Wednesday was her first game in more than a year, stretched the lead when she drove through two defenders and made a layup while being fouled. Griner excitedly helped up Washington, when then made the free throw.

Only 25 seconds after that, Washington made a short bank shot after getting a pass from Odyssey Sims to make it 19-11. The spurt ended when Sims’ two free throws with just over 11 minutes left in the first half made it 23-11.

Washington started 32 of 36 games as a freshman in 2009-10, then the guard started the first five games last season before tearing the ACL in her left knee during practice. She is still playing as a sophomore after getting a medical hardship. Her season debut came with 4 minutes Wednesday night in a win at No. 17 Texas Tech.

K-State, coming off a loss against Oklahoma after a five-game winning streak, had an early 7-3 lead. All those points were scored by Chambers, the 5-8 guard who cut down the baseline for a lineup and had another inside backset before hitting a 3-pointer.

Chambers made her first three shots, and was 3-of-19 shooting after that. The rest of the Wildcats combined to make 10 of 43 shots as they shot 24 percent (16 of 65) as a team.

K-State senior forward Jalana Childs scored just four points.

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