Lady Bears roll behind star's big game

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STILLWATER, Okla. — Brittney Griner had 30 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high seven assists to lead top-ranked Baylor to its 19th consecutive win on Saturday night, 81-62 over No. 19 Oklahoma State.

The Lady Bears (20-1, 10-0 Big 12) took control with an 18-2 run after coach Kim Mulkey called timeout and put her five starters back on the floor with 10:03 remaining, just after Liz Donohoe’s scoop shot put Oklahoma State (15-5, 4-5) up 21-16.

Odyssey Sims stretched the lead to 34-23 with a steal that led to a three-point play, and Baylor increased its lead to 18 by scoring the first seven points after halftime.

NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 64,

CINCINNATI 62

In South Bend, Ind., Kayla McBride scored 17 of her 19 points in the first half and Notre Dame (20-1, 8-0 Big East) jumped out to an early 23-point lead to beat Cincinnati (8-13, 0-8) for its 15th consecutive victory.

The winning streak matches the fourth-longest in school history, also accomplished in 2009-10 and 1990-91. The victory also was the 699th in 31 seasons for coach Muffet McGraw, 26 coaching Notre Dame.

NO. 3 CONNECTICUT 71,

ST. JOHN’S 65

In New York, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 19 points and Kelly Faris added 17 to help lead Connecticut (20-1, 7-1 Big East) over St. John’s (10-10, 4-4).

With the game tied at 57, Mosqueda-Lewis took over, scoring Connecticut’s next seven points.

She had a three-point play and then hit four free throws to give Connecticut a 64-59 lead with 1:55 left.

NO. 12 LOUISVILLE 74, GEORGETOWN 60

In Louisville, Ky., Antonita Slaughter scored 22 points and Louisville (19-4, 7-2 Big East) held Georgetown’s Sugar Rodgers, the nation’s leading scorer at 23.7 points per game, to only six in a win over the Hoyas (13-9, 4-5).

NO. 23 IOWA STATE 67,

TEXAS TECH 52

In Ames, Iowa, Chelsea Poppens had 18 points and nine rebounds to help Iowa State (15-5, 6-4 Big 12) rally past Texas Tech (16-6, 6-4).


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