Baylor, Griner take Big 12 conference championship
The green-and-gold confetti flew. And green-clad Baylor coach Kim Mulkey climbed the ladder to finish the Big 12 championship celebration...
WACO, Texas — The green-and-gold confetti flew. And green-clad Baylor coach Kim Mulkey climbed the ladder to finish the Big 12 championship celebration.
The No. 1 Bears figure on it being the first of several parties.
Brittney Griner scored 30 points and Baylor celebrated a conference title already in hand with dozens of former players in the stands for a 67-47 victory against Texas on Saturday.
Not long after cutting the last strand of a net above a throng of Baylor fans on the Ferrell Center court, Mulkey decided it was time to say her team was playing for even more than a second straight NCAA championship.
"It's mighty early, but I don't have a problem saying it," said Mulkey, who has two national titles at Baylor and another two as a player at Louisiana Tech. "If you can dig deep within your soul and win another championship, you will secure in my opinion the legacy of one of the greatest teams to ever play this game."
Other Top 5 game
At No. 3 Connecticut 90,
Seton Hall 30
Kelly Faris and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each scored 18 points to help Connecticut bounce back from its loss to Baylor with a rout of Seton Hall.
The pair also both reached the 1,000-point plateau for their careers.
Breanna Stewart added 16 points for the Huskies (25-2, 12-1 Big East), who earned their 400th Big East win under coach Geno Auriemma.
The win was the 29th straight for the Huskies over Seton Hall, and the 44th in 45 meetings.
Gonzaga wins WCC
The Gonzaga women won the West Coast Conference regular-season title outright with a 66-55 win at second-place BYU.
The title is the ninth straight for the Bulldogs, who improved to 24-5 with the 11-point win and 14-1 in the West Coast Conference. The win also was the 350th of coach Kelly Graves' career.
The Cougars fell to 19-8 overall, 10-4 in league and were dealt their first home loss of the season after starting 13-0.
Four of the Bulldogs' five starters registered double-figure points — and six total — to push them to their victory. Junior center Stephanie Golden came off the bench to score a team and career-high 16 points. Junior guard Haiden Palmer chipped in 13 points and added a game-high nine rebounds, along with six assists and four steals.
Also in double digits were senior Taelor Karr and junior Jazmine Redmon, each with 10 points.
BYU was led by Jennifer Hamson with a game-high 20 points. Haley Steed had 14 points and nine assists.