AMES, Iowa — Brittney Griner scored 22 points, blocked six shots and dunked for the 11th time in her career in leading top-ranked Baylor past No. 24 Iowa State 66-51 on Wednesday night.
Baylor (17-1, 7-0 Big 12) took control early, running off 17 consecutive points in the first half while holding Iowa State scoreless for 11½ minutes. The Cyclones (13-4, 4-3) had taken a quick 6-4 lead on a pair of 3-pointers.
Griner triggered the big run when she picked off a pass intended for Anna Prins, drove unimpeded to the other end and threw down a two-handed dunk. It was just one more slam for the most prolific dunker in women’s college basketball history.
Odyssey Sims added 12 points and Alexis Prince 11 for Baylor, which won its 29th consecutive regular-season conference game.
NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 73,
In Pittsburgh, Kayla McBride scored 19 points to help Notre Dame (17-1, 6-0 Big East) beat Pittsburgh (9-9, 0-5) for the Irish’s 12th consecutive win.
Jewell Loyd added 14 points while Skylar Diggins had 13, all in the first half.
With the game tied at 29, Notre Dame scored the final six points before break. The Irish continued the spurt in the second half, scoring 25 of the first 28 points.
Notre Dame led 60-32 with 10 minutes left and coasted.
“We played defense,” Skylar Diggins said of the difference between the first and second halves. “We stepped up our intensity. I think we were passive in the first half, especially when I got in foul trouble. But we picked up the pressure and rebounded and got out in transition.”
Brianna Kiesel scored eight points to lead Pittsburgh. The Panthers haven’t won a Big East game since Feb. 15, 2011.
It was the first meeting between the two teams since Notre Dame dealt Pittsburgh its worst loss in program history, a 120-44 defeat on Jan. 17, 2012.
KANSAS STATE 76,
NO. 12 OKLAHOMA STATE 70 (OT)
In Manhattan, Kan., Brittany Chambers scored 26 points, and Kansas State (12-7, 3-4 Big 12) rode its 3-point shooting to an overtime upset of Oklahoma State (14-3, 3-3).
Chambers made six of Kansas State’s 16 3-pointers. Haley Texada added 14 points for the Wildcats.
Toni Young scored 22 points and Brittney Martin chipped in 15 for the Cowgirls, who forced overtime on Tiffany Bias’ jumper with 8 seconds left in regulation. But Oklahoma State never led in the extra session and saw its three-game winning streak snapped.
Oklahoma State shot a respectable 46 percent from the floor, but the Cowgirls, who entered the game averaging a Big 12-leading 6.8 more turnovers per game than their opponents, committed an uncharacteristic 18 turnovers to the Wildcats’ nine.