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No 1. Baylor women beat UT Martin 82-67 in Hawaii

Associated Press Modified: November 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm •  Published: November 17, 2012

HONOLULU (AP) — Brittney Griner and No. 1 Baylor bounced back from their first loss in 20 months in emphatic fashion.

Griner broke the NCAA women's record for dunks in her career and the Lady Bears beat UT Martin 82-67 on Saturday night.

The eighth dunk of her career wasn't part of the plan to rebound from the loss to Stanford a night earlier, but the record is something she'd like to extend.

"It's pretty cool — I got to get some more now," said Griner, who now has eight dunks in her career breaking a tie with former Tennessee star Candace Parker.

Griner scored 16 of her 18 points in the first half and rested most of the second half once the Lady Bears (3-1) established firm control.

That took longer than expected for the defending national champions as the unranked Skyhawks (1-3) hung around early, using 3-pointers to try to compete against an opponent that overmatched them from the start. Baylor played without All-American point guard Odyssey Sims, who strained her hamstring early in a 71-69 loss Friday to No. 4 Stanford.

"We bounced back and got to keep going at it, try to develop younger players and get players healthy," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "It's always difficult to do patchwork when you don't have healthy players."

Griner passed Parker with her record-breaking one-handed jam less than seven minutes into the game. She broke away from a double-team, dribbled once and dunked with her right hand, getting the loudest cheer of the night from the mostly empty gym.

"I faced up to see if I could find somebody cutting and (the defender) was just kind of playing up so I just stepped through and went," Griner said.

Griner, who is one of only seven women to dunk in NCAA history, dunked four times as a freshman, once as a sophomore and twice in last season's NCAA tournament.

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