Friday, March 9, 2012
Brittney Griner scores 45 in Baylor win
By ESPN.com news services
Baylor's Brittney Griner set a Big 12 tournament record with a career-high 45 points, and had 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots in the Lady Bears' 86-65 rout of Kansas State in the semifinals Friday.
Griner finished 19 of 28 from the field to beat her career scoring mark of 41 points, set in the Lady Bears' regular-season finale against Iowa State, and got a standing ovation from fans of both teams when she checked out of the game with just over 2½ minutes remaining.
"I've watched Baylor play a lot this year, and I know in the recent contests I've watched, I've seen coach Kim Mulkey over on the sideline admonishing her team with this message: '42,' " Kansas State coach Deb Patterson said, referring to Griner's jersey number.
"She understands that's the best player in the country, and they get her the ball."