Baylor senior post Brittney Griner led the Lady Bears to a 76-58 victory over Big 12 newcomer West Virginia tonight with her 50th career double-double. She missed a triple-double by only one block, but still managed to rack up 26 points with 15 rebounds and nine blocked shots.
At one point, Griner seemed to have her 10th block, but officials whistled West Virginia for a travel on the play.
West Virginia guard Taylor Palmer hit a three-pointer just 22 seconds into the game, but Baylor responded strongly with a 20-2 run. During the streak, Griner had 10 points and junior guard Odyssey Sims had eight with two three-point connections.
Five minutes into the game, the Lady Bears had run ahead 15-5 and West Virginia had an equal number of turnovers and points.
West Virginia ended Baylor’s run with six points in a row in a span of 36 seconds, but Griner turned around and scored six points in a row and with eight minutes left in the first half, Griner had racked up 16 points, outscoring the entire West Virginia team at the time. Baylor was leading 26-15.
Griner, who finished 11-of-17 from the field, had 18 points and eight rebounds by halftime. Sims followed with 12 points when Baylor led 40-24.
Christal Caldwell led West Virginia with 22 points and five steals. Palmer followed with 17 and Crystal Leary had 11 rebounds.
With her nine blocks tonight, Griner increased her career total to 651 and now sits just 13 shy of breaking the NCAA career record.
Sims finished with 15 points and seven assists for Baylor.
This game marks the Lady Bears’ record 28th consecutive regular season conference game victory. They have also won 49 games in a row at the Ferrell Center, the nation’s longest active home winning streak.
The Lady Bears return to the court on Wednesday when they travel to Ames, Iowa to take on No. 22 Iowa State at 7 p.m. CT.