March 7, 2010
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WACO, Texas (AP) -- Baylor could have used freshman star Brittney Griner in the second half Sunday, when the No. 14 Bears managed only a pair of field goals.
Instead, Cokie Reed and Brittainey Raven scored 18 points each and No. 18 Texas cruised to a 70-54 momentum-building victory heading into the Big 12 tournament.
Griner is serving a two-game suspension after throwing a punch at Texas Tech's Jordan Barncastle during a win in Lubbock on Wednesday night. She attended the game but sat in the student section near the Baylor bench, where she signed autographs and posed for pictures.
"Brittney Griner is loved here," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "Brittney Griner is loved a lot of places. She just made a bad mistake and is paying for it dearly."
So did the Bears.
Kathleen Nash added 12 points for the Longhorns (21-9, 10-6), who didn't allow a second-half field goal by Baylor until there was 4:44 left. Erika Arriaran added 10 points and Ashley Gayle had 11 rebounds for Texas.
Kimetria Hayden scored 14 points to lead Baylor (22-8, 9-7), while Kelli Griffin had 10 points and Morghan Medlock had 12 rebounds.
Baylor led 32-28 at halftime and was up 41-34 with 15:21 to play, before Texas switched to a zone defense and played extended minutes with two post players.
"We played Ashley Gayle and Cokie together, and we don't really play them together often," coach Gail Goestenkors said. "Because we were in a zone, it allowed us to play them together. They changed or altered so many shots and if they didn't, they got the rebounds. I thought they were very effective together."
After moving to the zone, Texas embarked on a 19-0 run to build a 53-32 lead with 8:02 left.
Baylor made 13 of its first 14 free throw attempts in the second half before Lindsay Palmer's jumper with 4:44 left gave the Bears their first field goal.
By that point, Texas had built a 62-47 lead.
"It was hard trying to get a shot off with their size inside, even though we did attack," Griffin said. "They had a good strategy in the second half to go to a zone. We just did a poor job of attacking it."
Medlock said Baylor can usually handle a zone defense with Griner playing.
"It's like she draws all the attention and then that leaves everybody else open to cut," she said. "We didn't have her, so they just stretched out and were big in there and it was hard for the guards to see over a player like Brittainey Raven, who's long and fast."
Texas led 14-12 before Waco native Reed hit back-to-back baskets and Raven converted a three-point play to go up 21-12 with 7:50 remaining.
Baylor trailed 23-14 with 5:03 left in the first half before Jordan Madden came off the bench and hit two consecutive baskets to spark a 10-0 run to leave the Bears up 24-23 with 3:24 to play.
-UT is 57-21 all-time against Baylor, 22-14 in Waco and 5-2 during the Gail Goestenkors era.
-Texas swept Baylor for the first time since 2003.
-Texas finished the regular season 21-9 overall and 10-6 in Big 12 Conference games.
-Texas' 10 conference wins are its most since 13 in the 2004-05 season.
-The Horns finished the regular season with a 5-8 record against Top 25 ranked teams.
-With eight blocks against Baylor and 181 on the season, Texas broke its all-time single-season blocks record (175 - 2008-09)
-Texas held Missouri to just two field goals in the second half, the lowest by an opponent in either half this season
-Four players scored in double figures for the 13th time this season ... UT is 11-2 when accomplishing the feat.
-The Longhorns held the Lady Bears without a field goal from 01:22 in the first half to 4:45 in the second half, a 16:37 minute span ... it is the 23rd time this season Texas has held an opponent without a field goal for a span of at least four minutes or longer.
-Texas outrebounded Baylor 46-38, marking the 18th opponent the Longhorns have rebounded this season.
-Texas held Baylor to 54 points, 19.3 points below its season scoring average entering the game... BU is the 17th opponent the Horns have held to at least 10 points below its scoring average
-With the win, Texas joins Oklahoma as the only two schools to win at Baylor in back-to-back years since 2000. Oklahoma did it over the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons and also in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.
-With the win, Texas joins Nebraska as the only teams to win in Waco this season
-Scored 10 or more points for the 10th time this season and the 50th time of her career
-Most points scored since 11 against Texas Tech (Feb. 7)
-Recorded seven straight points for the Longhorns from 12:32 to 8:57 in the first half
-With one made from 3-point range, now has 152 career 3-pointers, fifth all time at UT
-Recorded 11 rebounds, two shy of her career high, for her sixth double-figure rebounding effort of the season
-Recorded four blocks for the 12th-straight outing with at least one block
-Now has 94 blocks on the season, moving her into a tie for second place on the single-season blocks list (94, Ashley Lindsey, 2007-08), is three blocks shy of the UT single-season record of 97 (Ellen Bayer, 1988-89).
-Pulled down the Longhorns first five rebounds of the game
-Recorded 12 points (4-of-7 FG, 2-of-4 3FG, 2-of-2 FT) for her 19th double-digit scoring effort of the season
-Scored 10 or more points for the 53rd time in 98 career games
-Now has 62 3-pointers made this season placing her seventh on the UT single-season 3-point field goals made list.
-Connected on two from 3-point range, marking the ninth-straight game with at least one made from long distance.
-Scored 18 points (5-of-14 FG, 1-of-3 3FG, 7-of-7 FT) for her 27th double-digit scoring effort of the season
-Scored 10 or more points for the 91st time in 130 career games.
-With 1,674 career points, moved into 12th place all-time on the Texas career list, passed Danielle Viglione (1,658 points, 1993-97)
-Played in her 130th career game, tying her for the 10th most in UT history (tied with Fran Harris, 1982-86, and Beverly Williams, 1984-88).
-Tied career high with 18 points (7-of-11 FG, 4-of-5 FT)
-Scored 10 or more points for the 12th time this season
-Most points scored since 18 against Kansas (Feb. 13)
-Led the Longhorns in scoring for the first time of her career.
-Recorded seven rebounds for her fourth-straight game with at least five boards.
-Tied career high with four blocks
-Has recorded at least seven points and five rebounds in each of the Longhorns last three games
-Scored four points, moving her career total to 992 ... is eight points shy of becoming the 35th player in UT history to reach 1,000 career points.