Griner got her record-tying and record-breaking blocks by swatting away shots by Aaryn Ellenberg in a span of 2½ minutes in the second half. With eight in the game before fouling out, the 6-foot-8 Griner has 665 career blocks, two more than Louella Tomlinson of St. Mary’s in California from 2007-11.
Griner, who fouled out for only the second time in her 131-game career, finished two points shy of matching the Big 12 career scoring record held by Oklahoma State’s Andrea Riley (2,835 points from 2007-10).
Ellenberg had 33 points for the Sooners (15-4, 5-2).
NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 89, PROVIDENCE 44
In South Bend, Ind., Skylar Diggins scored 21 points, all in the first half when she was 9 of 9 shooting, and Notre Dame (18-1, 7-0 Big East) dominated Providence (6-13, 1-5) from the start, beating the Friars to win its 13th in a row.
NO. 3 CONNECTICUT 67,
In Cincinnati, Stefanie Dolson scored 15 points in limited time, and Connecticut’s tough, physical defense allowed only nine points in the first half, setting up a victory over Cincinnati.
UConn (18-1, 5-1 Big East) has won six in a row. The Bearcats (8-11, 0-6) have lost six in a row overall.
NO. 24 IOWA STATE 53,
WEST VIRGINIA 49
In Morgantown, W.Va., Hallie Christofferson scored 23 points and grabbed seven boards to lead Iowa State (14-4, 5-3 Big 12) to a win over West Virginia (11-8, 3-5).
Ayana Dunning led West Virginia with 17 points.