WACO, Texas —
The Lady Bears have won 45 home games in a row overall, and are 101-1 in nonconference home games in coach Kim Mulkey’s 13 seasons.
“We just came out prepared and on fire,” Griner said.’s a high-intensity game.”
Along with the 6-foot-8 two-time All-American’s 47th career double-double, Brooklyn Pope had 11 points and 16 rebounds for the Lady Bears (9-1), who have won five in a row in the series against Tennessee — three in the past 13 months.
The Lady Vols trailed 33-13 at Rutgers in January 2009, which had been the previous largest halftime deficit. Rutgers scored the first 14 points that night, but Tennessee rallied after halftime for a 55-51 victory.
No such luck against Griner and the Lady Bears, though Tennessee did outscore them 37-35 in the second half.
“In the second half, we played with a lot of heart. The first half, we quick-shot the ball ... They were trying to make everything up in one possession,” Warlick said. “We’re young. We’re not using that as an excuse, but this is December and it’s a learning process for us.”