Griner, No. 1 Baylor women dominate Oklahoma again

STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Basketball Writer Published:

WACO, Texas (AP) -- Brittney Griner scored 27 points with eight rebounds and eight blocked shots to help top-ranked Baylor remain undefeated with another lopsided victory over Oklahoma, 81-54, on Monday night.

Even with Oklahoma determined to make things difficult on Griner, surrounding her with pink jerseys, Baylor's 6-foot-8 junior phenom just kept making free throws. She set a career high making all 13 of her attempts.

Baylor (24-0, 11-0 Big 12) stretched its home winning streak to 36, this win coming only 11 days after they beat the Sooners 89-58 in Norman.

Whitney Hand had 20 points to lead Oklahoma (15-7, 7-4), which had won three in a row since the loss to the Lady Bears. Sharane Campbell had 13 points.

Odyssey Sims had 14 points and four steals for Baylor, while Brooklyn Pope had 11 points and six rebounds. Destiny Williams had 15 rebounds.

The games between Oklahoma and Baylor have often been among the best games in the Big 12 each season. This year, it was no contest, as has been the case with most of the Lady Bears' games. They entered the quick rematch with an average winning margin of 30 points.

Oklahoma certainly didn't help its case by missing its first 18 field goal attempts after halftime. When Campbell hit a basket with 9:14 left in the game, the Sooners trailed 68-36. The Sooners shot a season-low 27 percent (16 of 60) for the game.

Griner came out of the game for good with about 11½ minutes left. She had played every minute until then as Baylor built a 64-33 lead.

Her departure came after an active sequence on both ends of the floor.

After Griner had a steal under the Oklahoma basket, she got the ball to Sims, who got the ball back to her going to the other way. Griner made a strong move for a short jumper while being fouled by Joanna McFarland and made the free throw for a 60-33 lead.

Less than a minute later, Kimetria Hayden inbounded from under the basket to Griner in the lane. Griner worked around three defenders to get the layup for a 64-33 lead.

Baylor scored 24 points off 17 Oklahoma turnovers, and outscored the Sooners 42-18 in the paint.

McFarland played for the first time after missing six games because of a broken jaw. Wearing a plastic protective mask over her face, McFarland had nine rebounds but was 0-for-3 shooting with one free throw made in 25 minutes.

Griner got off to a quick start, scoring the first basket of the game. The Sooners then scored seven in a row, going ahead on a 3-pointer by Morgan Hook and leading 7-2 on Hand's jumper.

The Sooners had their last lead when Hand made a jumper with 14 minutes left in the first half to make it 11-9. But Baylor then scored 13 in a row and Oklahoma went more than 6½ minutes without a field goal until Aaryn Ellenberg made a 3-pointer.