Brittney Griner, Baylor overwhelm Tennessee

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WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner scored the first six points of the game and third-ranked Baylor had the first 17, extending its home winning streak to 45 in a row with a 76-53 victory over 10th-ranked Tennessee on Tuesday night.

Brittney Griner shoots against Tennessee's Bashaara Graves. Griner had 17 points and 12 rebounds in Baylor's win.  LM OTERO/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Brittney Griner shoots against Tennessee's Bashaara Graves. Griner had 17 points and 12 rebounds in Baylor's win.

Griner finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, her third consecutive double-double and 47th of her career. Brooklyn Pope had 11 points 16 rebounds.

Griner, the 6-foot-8 two-time All-American, had nine of Baylor’s first 11 points less than 4 minutes into the game. The Lady Bears (9-1) won their seventh in a row since losing to top-ranked Stanford a week into the season.

Tennessee (7-2) had won seven in a row, including four games against Top 25 teams, since opening its first season under new head coach Holly Warlick by losing at Chattanooga.

The teams honored the victims of the Connecticut mass shooting with green and white T-shirts representing the colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School.

Players for both teams came out for pregame warmups wearing T-shirts that had the letters S.H.E.S. and the words “We will remember” along with the picture of a ribbon. Baylor had green shirts and white lettering, and Tennessee wore white shirts and green lettering.

There was a moment of silence before the game for the victims, including 20 students and six adults at the school, and families affected by the tragedy in Newtown, Conn.

Coaches from both teams were wearing green and white ribbons. The non-starters wore the T-shirts on the bench.

NO. 14 LOUISVILLE 75, WASHINGTON STATE 39

In Louisville, Ky., Sara Hammond scored 18 points as Louisville (10-2) routed Washington State (3-6).

The Cardinals, who had lost two of their previous three games, shot 46.3 percent (31 of 67) compared to 32 percent (16 of 50) for the Cougars.

Washington State, coming off a 62-55 upset win over No. 20 Ohio State on Dec. 15, posted its lowest point total of the season.

Louisville was playing its first game without starting forward Shawnta’ Dyer. The sophomore, who was averaging 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game, tore her ACL and MCL in her left knee during practice Sunday and is out for the rest of the season.

Lia Galdeira’s 13 points led Washington State.

NO. 16 DAYTON 90, AKRON 59

In Akron, Ohio, Andrea Hoover and Cassie Sant scored 18 points as Dayton (11-0) blew out Akron (8-3) in nonconference action.

Samantha Mackay had a strong all-around game with 13 points, 10 assists, seven rebounds, and three steals for Dayton.

Rachel Tecca led Akron with 13 points.


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