"I thought we were playing really well in the first half until the two-minute mark. We made a mental error when we were down one that snowballed into halftime," UT Martin coach Kevin McMillan said. "I thought we ran out of gas about midway through the second half. But I was really proud of the way we finished out and the effort our kids gave."
Baylor was looking to get back on track after Stanford ended its 42-game winning streak at the start of the Rainbow Wahine tournament in Honolulu. Baylor coach Kim Mulkey admitted after that game that her team was out of sync in the Aloha State during a trip that's included snorkeling, surf and an unusual schedule.
Saturday night's game — after a visit to Pearl Harbor during the day — was far different for the team that saw its streak end when a last-second shot from Griner bounced off the rim.
"It showed we had heart," Griner said. "We didn't come out here moping about the loss. We could have easily came out and felt sorry for ourselves, but we didn't."
Four players scored in double digits for Baylor, which used 12 of 13 players on its roster in the game. Alexis Prince had 13 points off the bench, while Jordan Madden had 12 points and Kimetria Hayden had 11.
Jasmine Newsome at 5-foot-7 didn't even jump for the opening tip against the 6-foot-8 Griner.
In addition to her record dunk, Griner also passed 2,500 career points in the game.
Mulkey said Baylor won't use Sims until she "can go 100 percent."
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