Sims, Griner lead No. 1 Baylor over Texas 75-48
Odyssey Sims scored 18 points and Brittney Griner sparked No. 1 Baylor's game-clinching second-half run with her 13th career dunk, leading the Lady Bears to an easy 75-48 win over Texas on Saturday night.
Griner's dunk was the lone offensive highlight for the 6-foot-8 All-American forward, who otherwise had a mostly forgettable game. Griner was a force defensively with eight blocks but had just two points in the first half and didn't have a rebound until midway through the second half.
Griner finished with 14 points and three rebounds. Jordan Madden scored 11 points for Baylor (22-1, 12-0 Big 12).
Freshman Imani McGee-Stafford had 13 points and 18 rebounds to lead Texas, which has struggled badly in coach Karen Aston's first season. Freshman Empress Davenport scored 13 for the Longhorns (9-13, 2-9).
Texas threw everything it had at Griner, namely McGee-Stafford, in an effort to stop her.
McGee-Stafford helped alter Griner's first shot and Griner helped Texas stay in it early with first-half foul trouble. Griner played just nine minutes in the first half and was just 1 of 4 shooting two turnovers. McGee-Stafford nearly had her double-double by halftime with 8 points and 11 rebounds.
Baylor turned to guards Sims and Hayden to take over. Those two led a defensive effort that forced 15 Texas turnovers in the first half and Baylor led 34-25 at halftime.
Griner returned in the second half finally shook things up with her dunk.
Baylor led 46-37 when Griner took an inbounds pass near the free throw line, dribbled once around McGee-Stafford and easily went to the basket unchecked for a casual two-handed slam. Hayden finished a fast break layup on the next Baylor possession.
The dunk came early in a 21-4 Baylor run the pushed the Lady Bears' lead to 62-41 with 8:18 left to play.
Texas simply couldn't match Baylor's talent and depth throughout the lineup. Sims and the Lady Bear guards routinely picked the ball from the Longhorns, backtracked to shut down Texas fast breaks and seemed to grab every loose ball.
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