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Griner too much for UWGB

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Associated Press
March 28, 2011
— Brittney Griner keeps piling up the points, putting Baylor within one win of its second consecutive trip to the NCAA Final Four.

After another big-time tournament game, the 6-foot-8 sophomore succinctly summed up what is driving her.


“March Madness,” Griner said with a sly smile after she put up a career-high 40 points with 10 rebounds as the Lady Bears defeated UW-Green Bay, 86-76, on Sunday night.


Top-seeded Baylor (34-2) advanced to the regional final by snapping a 25-game winning streak by the feisty team from the Horizon League looking for a Butler-like finish. The Phoenix are from the same conference that boasts a two-time Final Four team on the men’s side.


The Lady Bears are champions of the Big 12, which will send only one team to the women’s Final Four—Baylor and Big 12 runner-up Texas A&M (30-5). Baylor meets the Aggies for the fourth time this season Tuesday night in a Dallas Regional final game deep in the heart of Texas. Baylor won the first three meetings.


The Lady Bears had quite a fight for a while in their game that followed A&M’s 79-38 rout of Georgia.


Baylor led only 52-49 before Griner made a short baseline shot over two defenders with just over 13 minutes left to spark a 14-0 spurt in which she and freshman point guard Odyssey Sims scored all the points.


Griner finished 15 of 21 from the field and made all 10 of her free throws. She also had six blocked shots.


“Griner was just dominant. … I really felt like going in physically we’d be able to bury better than we did in the post. Boy, she’s strong,” Green Bay coach Matt Bollant said. “It was more Griner, honestly, than our defense.”


Kayla Tetschlag led Green Bay (34-2) with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Fellow senior Celeste Hoewisch had 20 points.


The Phoenix finished with 34 rebounds, the same as Baylor, with an impressive 21 offensive boards, despite Griner usually clogging the middle. They certainly didn’t back down from Baylor’s dominating center.


“We just have that mentality as players. We don’t care what’s on the front of the jersey. We’re going to play our butts off for 40 minutes,” said Hoewisch, fighting back tears.


BAYLOR 86, UW-GREEN BAY 76

UW-Green Bay (76)—Wojta 1-6 2-2 5, Tetschlag 9-17 7-10 27, Eichler 3-9 0-0 7, Hoewisch 7-16 2-2 20, Quilling 2-3 0-0 5, Ritchie 1-2 0-0 3, Bauer 1-7 2-2 5, Sension 1-5 1-2 4. Totals: 25-65 14-18 76.


Baylor (86)—Williams 2-5 2-2 6, Griner 15-21 10-10 40, Sims 7-12 0-2 18, Madden 1-1 0-0 2, Jones 2-4 1-2 6, Hayden 1-5 0-0 2, Condrey 1-2 1-2 3, Pope 4-6 1-3 9. Totals: 33-56 15-21 86.


UW-Green Bay 34 42—76


Baylor 43 43—86


Three-point goals—UW-Green Bay 12-28 (Hoewisch 4-7, Tetschlag 2-5, Quilling 1-1, Sension 1-2, Ritchie 1-2, Wojta 1-2, Eichler 1-4, Bauer 1-5), Baylor 5-10 (Sims 4-7, Jones 1-2, Hayden 0-1). Fouled Out—Eichler, Wojta. Rebounds—UW-Green Bay 34 (Tetschlag 10), Baylor 34 (Griner 10). Assists—UW-Green Bay 20 (Hoewisch 6), Baylor 18 (Jones 7). Total Fouls—UW-Green Bay 21, Baylor 14.


Attendance—9,522.



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