WACO, Texas (AP) — Brittney Griner provided a most appropriate goodbye in her final home game for Baylor: a trio of dunks and another double-double.
Griner had 33 points and a career-high 22 rebounds to go with her three highlight dunks, including a one-hand slam in the first half and two more in a 79-second span right before coming out of the game for good, as the defending national champions rolled past Florida State 85-47 on Tuesday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
With former President George W. Bush part of the crowd packed into the Ferrell Center to bid Griner farewell, the 6-foot-8 two-time All-American delivered.
The top-seeded Lady Bears (34-1) are in the round of 16 for the fourth year in a row. They play Louisville on Sunday in the semifinals of the Oklahoma City Regional.
Brooklyn Pope had 12 points for Baylor, which has won a nation-best 57 games in a row at home.
Leonor Rodriguez scored 11 for No. 8 seed Florida State (23-10).
LOUISVILLE 76, PURDUE 63
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Sara Hammond had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help Louisville beat Purdue and advance to the round of 16 again.
The fifth-seeded Cardinals (26-8) are in the regional semifinals for the second time in three years and fourth time in six years.
The fourth-seeded Boilermakers (25-9) had a five-game winning streak snapped and have lost in the second round three straight years.
With men's coach Rick Pitino watching from the stands, Antonita Slaughter scored 14 of her 16 points in the first half for Louisville. Shoni Schimmel had 14.
Sam Ostarello led Purdue with 16 points and 12 rebounds. KK Houser had 10.
Louisville never trailed in beating Purdue for the first time in six games. These teams hadn't met since 1993, and the Cardinals' program has grown to a new level in the past two decades.
DELAWARE 78, NORTH CAROLINA 69
NEWARK, Del. (AP) — Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points in her final home game, and Delaware rallied past foul-plagued North Carolina 78-69 on Tuesday night to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.
The sixth-seeded Blue Hens (32-3) trailed 50-42 with 15:31 left before coming back to extend their school-record winning streak to 27 games and eliminate No. 3 seed North Carolina (29-7). Delaware will next travel to Connecticut to face second-seeded Kentucky in the Bridgeport Regional semifinals Saturday.
Vice President Joe Biden was among those in the second straight sellout crowd at Delaware's compact arena. Most fans were standing during the final 5 minutes, when it became apparent the Blue Hens and Delle Donne would be playing at least once more this season.
Delle Donne missed 18 of 28 field goal tries, but the 6-foot-5 senior went 11 for 13 at the line and now has 3,006 points during a sensational career in her home state.
Trumae Lucas scored 20 for the Blue Hens and Danielle Parker contributed 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Waltiea Rolle scored 23 points for the Tar Heels, but the 6-6 senior was in foul trouble for much of the second half and finally picked up her fifth with 4:08 left.
KENTUCKY 84, DAYTON 70
NEW YORK (AP) — A'dia Mathies followed up the worst game of her career with one of her best, matching a personal high with 34 points to lead second-seeded Kentucky over seventh-seeded Dayton.
With Kentucky (29-5) clinging to a 46-44 advantage early in the second half, Mathies scored 10 points during a 16-3 run to help the Wildcats take control of the game.
The two-time SEC player of the year hit two 3-pointers, including one to cap the burst and make it 62-47. She didn't hit a field goal in the first round win over Navy. She made 13 of 17 against Dayton.
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