Top-seeded Baylor off to dominant start with rout of UC Santa Barbara | Women's NCAA tournament
Brittney Griner banged a bit down low with her undersized opponents and blocked a few shots at the other end — then headed to the...
BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Brittney Griner banged a bit down low with her undersized opponents and blocked a few shots at the other end — then headed to the sideline early in the second half.
Baylor didn't need its star to dominate.
Griner scored 14 points in just 22 minutes, and the top-seeded Bears rolled to an 81-40 win over 16th-seeded UC Santa Barbara in the Des Moines Regional on Sunday. Brooklyn Pope scored 13 points and Destiny Williams added 12 for Baylor, which had 11 players log at least 12 minutes.
"I thought our kids worked up a sweat, and I thought they did some good stuff," coach Kim Mulkey said of Baylor (35-0), which has not lost since falling in the quarterfinals of last year's NCAA tournament.
Emilie Johnson scored 10 points for UCSB (17-16), but the Gauchos were as overmatched as expected.
"We played against maybe the eventual national champion," UCSB coach Carlene Mitchell said. "We were outmanned, it's pretty obvious, at every position."
Des Moines Regional
No. 3 Del. 73, No. 14 Ark.-Little Rock 42
In Little Rock, Ark., Elena Delle Donne had 39 points and 11 rebounds to lift the Blue Hens (31-1) over the Trojans (20-13) and to to their first victory in three NCAA tournament appearances.
No. 4 Ga. Tech 76, No. 13 Sacred Heart 50
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Sydney Wallace scored a season-high 28 points to help the Yellow Jackets (25-8) beat Sacred Heart (27-6) and avoid being upset in the first round for the second time in three years.
No. 5 Georgetown 61, No. 12 Fresno St. 56
In Chapel Hill, N.C., Tia Magee scored 17 points for the Hoyas (23-8), who never trailed the Bulldogs (28-6) but blew most of a 17-point lead and made just four field goals during the final 15 ½ minutes.
No. 11 Kansas 57, No. 6 Nebraska 49
In Little Rock, Ark., Angel Goodrich scored 20 points to lead the Jayhawks (20-12) past the Huskers (24-9) and to their first tourney win since 1999.
No. 9 Florida 70, No. 8 Ohio St. 65
In Bowling Green, Ohio, Jennifer George had 16 points and six rebounds for the Gators (20-12), who scored the game's first nine points and held on in front of a crowd packed with fans of the in-state Buckeyes (25-7).
No. 13 Marist 76, No. 4 Georgia 70
In Tallahassee, Fla., Corielle Yarde scored 21 points as the Red Foxes (26-7) upset the Bulldogs (22-9) and won their 11th straight.
No. 1 Notre Dame 74, No. 16 Liberty 43
In South Bend, Ind., Kayla McBride scored 15 points and the Irish (31-3) opened the game with an 11-0 run to rout Liberty (24-9).
No. 8 California 84, No. 9 Iowa 74
In South Bend, Ind., Layshia Clarendon scored 16 points and the Bears (25-9) nearly lost a big lead before hanging on to beat the Hawkeyes (19-12).
No. 5 St. Bona. 72, No. 12 Fla. Gulf Coast 65
In Tallahassee, Fla., Megan Van Tatenhove scored 18 points as the Bonnies (30-3) overcame a 53-42 deficit in the final 6 ½ minutes plus overtime to snap the Eagles' (29-3) 21-game winning streak.
No. 4 Penn State 85, No. 14 Texas-El Paso 77
In Baton Rouge, La., Maggie Lucas scored 23 points for the Lions (25-6), who trailed the Miners (29-3) for much of the first half but led nearly all of the second.
No. 5 LSU 64, No. 12 San Diego St. 56
In Baton Rouge, La., LaSondra Barrett had 17 points and 10 rebounds in her comeback from a concussion, and the Tigers (23-10) held off the Aztecs (25-7).
No. 2 Duke 82, No. 15 Samford 47
In Nashville, Tenn., Tricia Liston scored 22 points and the second-seeded Blue Devils (25-5) started strong with a rout of Samford (20-13).
No. 3 St. John's 69, No. 14 Creighton 67
In Norman, Okla., Nadirah McKenith scored on a coast-to-coast layup with 0.1 seconds left, lifting the Red Storm (23-9) over the Bluejays (20-13).
No. 6 Oklahoma 88, No. 11 Michigan 67
In Norman, Okla., Aaryn Ellenberg scored 21 of her 28 points in the second half, and the Sooners (21-12) beat the Wolverines (20-12), who were making their first tournament appearance in 11 years.
No. 7 Vanderbilt 60, No. 10 Middle Tenn. 46
In Nashville, Tenn., Jasmine Lister scored 19 points and led the Commodores (23-9) past the in-state rival Blue Raiders (26-7).