Baylor's Brittney Griner dunks in win over Florida

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Baylor's Brittney Griner tries to get past Florida's Jennifer George. Griner scored 25 points, including a second-half dunk.  J.D. POOLEY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Baylor's Brittney Griner tries to get past Florida's Jennifer George. Griner scored 25 points, including a second-half dunk.

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — Brittney Griner became the second woman to dunk in an NCAA Tournament game Tuesday night, slamming one down with her right hand early in the second half of top-seeded Baylor’s 76-57 win over ninth-seeded Florida.

Griner went nearly 12 minutes without scoring at the beginning of the game but finished with 25 points, including the night’s biggest highlight.

Odyssey Sims added 14 points for Baylor (36-0). Azania Stewart led Florida (20-13) with 14.

Candace Parker of Tennessee dunked twice in an NCAA Tournament game in 2006 against Army. Griner’s dunk was her first of the season and sixth of her career. Parker holds the career record with seven.

The Lady Bears will play Georgia Tech in the round of 16.

RALEIGH REGIONAL

NOTRE DAME 73, CALIFORNIA 62

In South Bend, Ind., Natalie Novosel scored 28 points and top-seeded Notre Dame pulled away in the second half to beat California and earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 16.

Skylar Diggins added 21 points and Devereaux Peters 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Irish (32-3). Novosel was 18 for 20 from the free-throw line.

The Irish started the second half with a 10-2 run and came up with five early steals, setting off the partisan crowd at Purcell Pavilion. Notre Dame led by as many as 17.

Cal (25-10), tied with the Irish at 31 at the half, got 17 points from Layshia Clarendon and 15 from Reshanda Gray. But the Golden Bears were hurt by 19 turnovers.

ST. BONAVENTURE 66, MARIST 63

In Tallahassee, Fla.,Jessica Jenkins scored 22 points and Doris Ortega contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead St. Bonaventure over Marist.

Leanne Ockenden missed a desperation 3-point shot at the buzzer for 13th-seeded Marist, which was the lowest seed to advance into the second round.

The fifth-seeded Bonnies (31-3), making their first NCAA appearance, took the lead for good with 9:38 left on Chelsea Bowker’s 3-point shot.

Marist (26-8) had a chance to tie the score at 64 with 1:25 left, but Kelsey Beynnon missed a free throw that would have completed a three-point play.


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