The Norman Transcript

March 27, 2013

Griner dominates in Baylor win

Associated Press
The Associated Press

WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner provided a most appropriate goodbye in her final home game for Baylor: a trio of dunks and another double-double.

Griner had 33 points and a career-high 22 rebounds to go with her three highlight dunks, including a one-hand slam in the first half and two more in a 79-second span right before coming out of the game for good, as the defending national champions rolled past Florida State 85-47 on Tuesday night in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

With former President George W. Bush part of the crowd packed into the Ferrell Center to bid Griner farewell, the 6-foot-8 two-time All-American delivered.

The top-seeded Lady Bears (34-1) are in the round of 16 for the fourth year in a row. They play Louisville on Sunday in the semifinals of the Oklahoma City Regional.

Brooklyn Pope had 12 points for Baylor, which has won a nation-best 57 games in a row at home.

Leonor Rodriguez scored 11 for No. 8 seed Florida State (23-10).

Louisville 76, Purdue 63: Sara Hammond had 21 points and 10 rebounds to help Louisville beat Purdue and advance to the round of 16 again.

The fifth-seeded Cardinals (26-8) are in the regional semifinals for the second time in three years and fourth time in six years.

The fourth-seeded Boilermakers (25-9) had a five-game winning streak snapped and have lost in the second round three straight years.

Delaware 78, North Carolina 69: Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points in her final home game, and Delaware rallied past foul-plagued North Carolina 78-69 on Tuesday night to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament for the first time in school history.

The sixth-seeded Blue Hens (32-3) trailed 50-42 with 15:31 left before coming back to extend their school-record winning streak to 27 games and eliminate No. 3 seed North Carolina (29-7). Delaware will next travel to Connecticut to face second-seeded Kentucky in the Bridgeport Regional semifinals Saturday.

Kentucky 84, Dayton 70: A’dia Mathies followed up the worst game of her career with one of her best, matching a personal high with 34 points to lead second-seeded Kentucky over seventh-seeded Dayton.

With Kentucky (29-5) clinging to a 46-44 advantage early in the second half, Mathies scored 10 points during a 16-3 run to help the Wildcats take control of the game.

One of the best seasons for Kentucky will continue in Bridgeport. The Wildcats have the most wins in school history and have reached the regional semifinals for the third time in the past four seasons.

Notre Dame 74, Iowa 57: Kayla McBride scored a career-high 28 points and top-seeded Notre Dame advanced to the regional semifinals with a win over Iowa.

Skylar Diggins had 16 points as the Fighting Irish (33-1) extended their school-record winning streak to 28 games and finished 13-0 on the road.

Notre Dame will next face 12th-seeded Kansas in Norfolk, Va., on Sunday.

Stanford 73, Michigan 40: Joslyn Tinkle made a career-high five 3-pointers on the way to 21 points in her final home game at Maples Pavilion, and top-seeded Stanford used a spectacular perimeter shooting performance to rout No. 8 seed Michigan and reach the regional semifinals.

Chiney Ogwumike had 12 points and 15 rebounds on a night when the Cardinal’s shooters took the pressure off just as coach Tara VanDerveer has been hoping they would.

Sara James shut down Michigan star Kate Thompson and scored nine points, and Stanford (33-2) won its 19th straight game to set up a matchup with fourth-seeded Georgia on Saturday and move a step closer to the program’s goal of a sixth straight Final Four.

LSU 72, Penn State 66: Adrienne Webb scored a career-high 29 points, including two crucial free throws with 22 seconds left, and No. 6 seed LSU beat third-seeded Penn State.

Bianca Lutley overcame foul trouble and capped an 18-point night with a tough floater in traffic in the final minute to give LSU (22-11) the lead and another key free throw to make it a four-point game with 8.3 seconds to go.

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