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Griner dunks Florida

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Associated Press
March 21, 2012

Brittney Griner became the second woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game Tuesday night, slamming one down with her right hand early in the second half of top-seeded Baylor’s 76-57 win over ninth-seeded Florida at Bowling Green, Ohio.


Griner went nearly 12 minutes without scoring at the beginning of the game but finished with 25 points, including the night’s biggest highlight.


Odyssey Sims added 14 points for Baylor (36-0). Azania Stewart led Florida (20-13) with 14.


Candace Parker of Tennessee dunked twice in an NCAA tournament game in 2006 against Army. Griner’s dunk was her first of the season and sixth of her career. Parker holds the career record with seven.


The Lady Bears will play Georgia Tech in the round of 16.


-- (11) Kansas 70, (3) Delaware 64—At Little Rock, Ark., Angel Goodrich scored 27 points to lead Kansas (21-12) past Delaware and the nation’s leading scorer, Elena Delle Donne.


-- (4) Georgia Tech 76, (5) Georgetown 64—At Chapel Hill, N.C., Sydney Wallace continued her scoring tear with 23 points, and Georgia Tech claimed its first berth in the regional semifinals of the women’s NCAA tournament by beating Georgetown.


Raleigh Regional

-- (1) Notre Dame 73, (8) California 62—At South Bend, Ind., Natalie Novosel scored 28 points and top-seeded Notre Dame (32-3) pulled away in the second half to beat California and earn a spot in the NCAA tournament’s round of 16.


-- (5) St. Bonaventure 66, (13) Marist 63—At Tallahassee, Fla., Jessica Jenkins scored 22 points and Doris Ortega contributed 13 points and 10 rebounds to lead St. Bonaventure over Marist.


Leanne Ockenden missed a desperation 3-point shot at the buzzer for 13th-seeded Marist, which was lowest seed to advance into the second round.


The fifth-seeded Bonnies (31-3), making their first NCAA appearance, took the lead for good with 9:38 left on Chelsea Bowker’s 3-point shot.


Marist (26-8) had a chance to tie the score at 64 with 1:25 left, but Kelsey Beynnon missed a free throw that would have completed a three-point play.


Fresno Regional

-- (2) Duke 96, (7) Vanderbilt 80—At Nashville, Tenn., Haley Peters’ career-high 25 points led five Blue Devils in double figures, and Duke (26-5) turned in its best shooting performance of the season in routing Vanderbilt.


Not even Memorial Gym, the Southeastern Conference’s oldest gym with no air conditioning, gave Vanderbilt (23-10) any help on a night the temperature reached 90 by halftime.


-- (3) St. John’s 74, (6) Oklahoma 70—At Norman, Okla., Eugeneia McPherson scored 21 points, Shenneika Smith added 18 and St. John’s (24-9) advanced to the regional semifinals for the first time in school history with a win at Oklahoma.


Kingston Regional

-- (4) Penn State 90, (5) LSU 80—At Baton Rouge, La., Maggie Lucas scored 30 points and fourth-seeded Penn State moved on to the third round with a victory over LSU.


Ariel Edwards scored 15 points and Mia Nickson had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Lady Lions (26-6), who will play Connecticut in Kingston, R.I., on Sunday in the regional semifinals. That game will be the first third-round appearance for fifth-year Penn State coach Coquese Washington.



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