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March 27, 2013

Griner dominates in Baylor win

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.

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