Griner's 50 lift No. 1 Baylor over K-State, 90-68

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 5, 2013 at 2:20 am •  Published: March 5, 2013
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WACO, Texas (AP) — Half-a-hundred and a dunk for Brittney Griner.

For all the highlights and dunks the 6-foot-8, two-time All-American has had in four seasons for Baylor, Griner saved one of her best performances for her last regular-season game.

"You saw a dunk on senior night. You saw a kid hit 50 points. You saw a win," coach Kim Mulkey said. "It's one of those historical moments."

Griner set a Big 12 record with her 50 points, including her first dunk at home since her freshman season, and the top-ranked Lady Bears wrapped up their second consecutive undefeated Big 12 title with a 90-68 victory over Kansas State on Monday night.

"It means everything to just go out with a bang like that," Griner said. "Got a dunk finally at home, scored 50. I mean there's not a better way to go out."

Baylor (29-1, 18-0 Big 12) is the first team to twice go through regular-season Big 12 play without a loss. The Lady Bears have won a record 46 consecutive Big 12 games, including tournament games, and have won 55 in a row at home.

The defending national champions play their Big 12 tournament opener Saturday in Dallas, and host an NCAA regional in three weeks.

"Postseason, it's here. It's time," Griner said. "It's time to bring it."

Griner made 21 of 28 field goals and eight of 10 free throws, but her 50 points didn't set a Baylor single-game record. Mary Lowry had a 54-point game for the Lady Bears in 1994, before the formation of the Big 12.

With 3,123 career points, Griner moved into second place on the NCAA career scoring list behind Jackie Stiles, who had 3,393 points for Missouri State from 1997-2001. Baylor would play nine games if it advances to the Big 12 and NCAA tournament championships, meaning Griner would have to average 30 points in those match Stiles.

With 16:56 left, Griner got a pass from fellow senior Kimetria Hayden, took a step around a defender along the baseline and went up for a one-handed slam that sent the record-tying crowd of 10,627 into a frenzy. It was her third career dunk against K-State.

"I just came into the game knowing it was going to be emotional," Griner said. "I didn't know how it was going to play out."

It was her 14th career dunk, but her first at home since two in a game against Texas State on Jan. 2, 2010. Her last 10 slams had been on the road, including six already this season.

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