WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner had 22 points and 10 rebounds in just 23 minutes and No. 1 Baylor clinched at least a share of the Big 12 regular season title with a 78-45 victory against Texas Christian on Saturday.
Griner scored eight of the Lady Bears’ first 10 points as Baylor won its 53rd consecutive home game and 36th in a row in the conference, both the longest current streaks nationally. Baylor (24-1, 14-0) also has a nation-leading 22-game winning streak.
The Lady Bears kept TCU (7-17, 0-13) without a league win in its first Big 12 season, holding the Horned Frogs to 26 percent shooting.
NO. 3 CONNECTICUT 65, RUTGERS 45
In Piscataway, N.J., Morgan Tuck scored 15 points and Stefanie Dolson added 14 to help Connecticut (24-1, 11-1 Big East) beat Rutgers (14-10, 5-6), denying coach C. Vivian Stringer of her 900th victory.
Stringer won No. 899 last Saturday against Cincinnati and has lost her first two attempts to become the fourth women’s basketball coach to reach the milestone. The Hall of Fame coach was looking to join Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt and Sylvia Hatchell, who reached the mark last week.
Stringer’s next try will be Tuesday at No. 23 Syracuse.
NO. 23 SYRACUSE 80, PITTSBURGH 39
In Syracuse, N.Y., Kayla Alexander had 19 points and the Orange (21-3, 9-2 Big East) exploited 23 turnovers to defeat Pittsburgh (9-15, 0-11) for their fifth consecutive victory.
Pittsburgh lost its 31st consecutive regular-season conference game and suffered its second consecutive defeat by more than 30 points.
NO. 25 OKLAHOMA STATE 80, KANSAS STATE 45
In Stillwater, Okla., Toni Young had 23 points and 18 rebounds to lead Oklahoma State (18-6, 7-6 Big 12) over Kansas State (13-12, 4-9).
Kendra Suttles also had a double-double, with 19 points and 10 rebounds.