No. 1 Baylor women beat No. 24 Iowa State 66-51
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Every block, every shot she swats away against a disheartened opponent brings Brittney Griner closer to an NCAA record.
And yes, she's paying attention.
Griner scored 22 points, blocked six shots and dunked for the 11th time in her career in leading top-ranked Baylor past No. 24 Iowa State 66-51 on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-8 senior had four blocks in the game's first 7:11 in helping her team open an early 15-point lead and ran her career total to 657. She needs just seven more to break the NCAA record of 663 by Louella Tomlinson of Saint Mary's.
"Normally, I really don't pay attention to such things," Griner said. "But blocked shots are my favorite thing, my favorite part of the game. I look every now and then."
Baylor (17-1, 7-0 Big 12) took control early, running off 17 straight points in the first half while holding Iowa State scoreless for 11½ minutes. The Cyclones (13-4, 4-3) had taken a quick 6-4 lead on a pair of 3-pointers, but didn't score again until Baylor was up 21-6.
Griner triggered the big run when she picked off a pass intended for Anna Prins, drove unimpeded to the other end and threw down a two-handed dunk -- just one more slam for the most prolific dunker in women's college basketball history.
"I thought it was good. It energized us," Griner said. "I wish I would have made my other shots like I made that dunk."
Griner, who sat out the final 6:50 after picking up her fourth foul, shot what for her was a mediocre 9-for-20. But she grabbed eight rebounds and even ventured out to the perimeter to block a 3-point shot by Nikki Moody.
"She's such an amazing basketball player," Iowa State's Anna Prins said. "Just every aspect of her game has improved so much since freshman year. Her footwork, the way she sets her player up, the way she keeps the ball high before she turns, she's so hard to guard."
Odyssey Sims added 12 points and Alexis Prince 11 for Baylor, which won its 29th straight regular season conference game.
The Lady Bears got it done typical fashion. They played harassing defense that created turnovers or forced the Cyclones into awkward shots and Griner dominated in the middle, hitting a variety of turnaround jumpers and intimidating shooters who ventured into the lane.
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