Griner has three dunks as Baylor crushes FSU
Brittney Griner had 33 points, a career-high 22 rebounds and three dunks as the defending national champion Bears rolled past Florida State 85-47.
WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner provided a most appropriate goodbye in her final home game for Baylor — with 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 as the defending national champion Bears rolled past Florida State 85-47 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 for the final home game of Griner's impressive career, the 6-foot-8 two-time All-American delivered. She had a one-hand slam in the first half and two more in a 79-second span just before coming out of the game for good.
The Bears (34-1) are in the NCAA round of 16 for the fourth year in a row. They play Louisville (26-8) on Sunday in Oklahoma City. Baylor has won a nation-best 57 games in a row at home.
Baylor scored the game's first 11 points, even without a field goal from Griner.
Her first one-hand dunk came on a break after a basket by the Seminoles (23-10). Freshman guard Niya Johnson passed ahead to Griner, who took one step without a dribble before slamming it home with 4 minutes left in the first half for a 43-18 lead. That sent the partisan crowd of 9,652 into a frenzy.
She wasn't finished.
Bush had already left his front-row seat behind the Baylor bench before Griner got her final two dunks, with 7:46 and 6:27 remaining.
Only six other women have ever dunked in a college game. That group had 15 dunks combined, three less than Griner's career total.
The most career dunks by anyone else was the seven of Tennessee's Candace Parker. Griner has 11 just this season.
Oklahoma City regional
At Louisville 76, Purdue 63
Sophomore Sara Hammond's 21 points and 10 rebounds helped the Cardinals (26-8) advance to their second regional semifinal in three years. Antonita Slaughter got 14 of her 16 points in the first half for Louisville. Sam Ostarello had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Boilermakers (25-9).
Norfolk (Va.) regional
Notre Dame 74, Iowa 57
Kayla McBride scored a career-high 28 points as the top-seeded Irish (33-1) extended their school-record winning streak to 28 games and finished 13-0 on the road. Notre Dame will next face Kansas on Sunday. Iowa (21-13) went 0 for 11 from three-point range and had 21 turnovers.
At Duke 68, Oklahoma State 59
Duke (32-2) erased a 15-point deficit in the second half to beat the Cowgirls (22-11). Oklahoma State had 21 turnovers and made just 2 of 14 shots over the final 9 ½ minutes. Elizabeth Williams and Haley Peters combined for 31 points and 25 rebounds for Duke, which faces Nebraska Sunday.
Bridgeport (Conn.) regional
At Delaware 78, North Carolina 69
Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points and the Blue Hens (32-3) beat foul-plagued North Carolina (29-7) to reach the round of 16 for the first time. Delaware, which has won a school-record 27 straight, plays Kentucky next.
Kentucky 84, Dayton 70
In New York, A'dia Mathies matched her career high with 34 points as the Wildcats (29-5) advanced. Mathies keyed a 16-3 run with two three-pointers. She hit 13 of 17 shots overall. Andrea Hoover scored 22 for the Flyers (28-3).