WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner scored a Big 12 single-game record with 50 points in her final regular-season game at Baylor — including her first dunk at home since she was a freshman — to lead the top-ranked Lady Bears to a 90-68 victory over Kansas State on Monday night.
Baylor (29-1, 18-0 Big 12) wrapped up its second consecutive undefeated conference title, becoming the first team to twice go through Big 12 play without a loss. The Lady Bears have won a record 46 consecutive Big 12 games, including tournament games, and have won 55 in a row at home.
Only four of Griner’s 14 career dunks have come at the Ferrell Center, and the last had been Jan. 2, 2010, when she had two in the same game against Texas State.
Her third career dunk against K-State (14-16, 5-13) came with 16:56 left, when the 6-foot-8 two-time All-American got a pass from Kimetria Hayden, took a step around a defender along the baseline and went up for a one-handed slam that sent the record-tying crowd of 10,627 into a frenzy.
Brittney Chambers had 22 points to lead five K-State players in double figures.
After Griner got her 50th point with just over 2 minutes left, Baylor called timeout. She excitedly jumped around and into arms of Hayden, and got a huge ovation as the fans chanted “Thank you seniors!”
No. 2 Notre Dame 96
No. 3 Connecticut 87
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Skylar Diggins scored 29 points and sparked a decisive run in the third overtime as No. 2 Notre Dame beat third-ranked Connecticut Monday night to win Big East regular-season title outright for the second straight year.
The Fighting Irish (28-1, 16-0) went undefeated in the conference for the first time since joining in 1995-96 and became the first team to win six of seven games against Connecticut (27-3, 14-2) in more than two decades.
Two of those victories clinched league titles and two more were in NCAA semifinal games. The only loss was in the finals of the league tournament last season.
Diggins added 11 rebounds. Kayla McBride added 26 points before fouling out.
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led UConn with 26 points and Kelly Faris added 21.
Notre Dame tops UConn in 3 OTs
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Petersburg, Moorefield seek West Virginia championships
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