HONOLULU (AP) — Brittney Griner and No. 1 Baylor were planning a sunny Hawaiian visit — some snorkeling, surf and three games to extend the country's longest active winning streak to 45.
Instead, the Lady Bears will leave the Aloha State short of their expectations after a 71-69 loss to No. 4 Stanford in the first game of the Rainbow Wahine Classic on Friday night. Griner's turnaround shot on the last play bounced off the rim at the buzzer, ending the fifth longest winning streak in NCAA women's basketball history at 42 games.
"It's been a long time since that bunch lost. I hope they feel like anybody or any competitor feels after a game that you lose," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "I hope they don't forget it and it bothers them."
Griner scored 18 of her 22 points in the second half, helping the Lady Bears rally from a 14-point deficit in the first half. It was the Lady Bears' first defeat since losing to Texas A&M in the regional finals of the 2011 NCAA tournament. Baylor went 40-0 last year with no team coming within five points of the Lady Bears.
Stanford also ended Connecticut's NCAA record 90-game run in 2010.
Chiney Ogwumike scored 18 points to lead the fourth-ranked Cardinal (3-0), who lost to Baylor by 12 points at the NCAA Final Four in April. Her reverse layup gave Stanford a four-point lead with 22 seconds left, after Joslyn Tinkle broke the tie with a layup with just under 1 minute to go.
Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said the Cardinal came in knowing they needed to limit Griner and play better than they did in the NCAA semifinal.
"Our game plan was never let Brittney Griner be 1-on-1," she said. "We were doubling her as hard as we could."
Baylor played the last 35 minutes without preseason All-America guard Odyssey Sims, who strained her hamstring early in the first half.
"You lose your All-American point guard that early in the game, it kind of takes you out of flow of things," Mulkey said.
Destiny Williams made her first 3-pointer of her career to pull Baylor (2-1) within one late in the game. Toni Kokenis made one of two free throws. Baylor got the rebound and advanced the ball to halfcourt before calling timeout to set up the final play.
Griner caught the ball in the low block and with three players draped on her, the 6-foot-8 star's shot fell harmlessly off the rim setting off a wild celebration by the Cardinal at midcourt.
"We knew where the ball was going — it's a matter if we're able to make the play. It's hard to make a play on Griner," Ogwumike said. "You knew it was going to Griner and she was going to turn around and shoot."
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