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Baylor flexes muscles, routs Lady Raiders, 89-47

Tech slows down Griner, but not her teammates in rout

Posted: February 12, 2013 - 9:01pm  |  Updated: February 13, 2013 - 1:16am
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Baylor's Brittney Griner blocks Texas Tech's Kelsi Baker (41) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)  LM Otero
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Baylor's Brittney Griner blocks Texas Tech's Kelsi Baker (41) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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WACO — The Lady Raiders weren’t going to let Brittney Griner dictate the pace of the game like she did the first time Texas Tech and Baylor met this season.

Tech double-teamed the 6-foot-8, two-time All-American, collapsing on her every time she touched the ball and limiting her touches to the tune of only 10 points.

That was perfectly fine with Baylor.

The supporting cast around Griner showed why the Lady Bears are the No. 1 team in the nation, pacing Baylor to an early lead and eventual 89-47 blowout victory.

“Credit her teammates,” Tech coach Kristy Curry said after the game. “That’s what makes them a great basketball team. It certainly makes her better, and she makes them better and it’s just a work in motion. So credit them. Her supporting staff stepped up. We gave her 40 at our place and 10 tonight, and it’s still the same result.”

Griner scored a season-high 40 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in Baylor’s 90-60 victory against Tech on Jan. 30, but she let her teammates do the damage Tuesday night.

Brooklyn Pope and Odyssey Sims led the offense for the Lady Bears (23-1, 13-0 in Big 12 Conference play) with 18 and 17 points, respectively.

Six Lady Bears scored at least nine points.

Griner scored about 13 points below her average, but Sims and Pope combined to score 13 above their normal clip to make Griner’s down-to-earth numbers moot.

“You won by more tonight than with Griner getting 40,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said, “because, as I like to say, you shared the wealth. And there’s lots of scoring on that stat sheet.”

Sharing is definitely right.

The Lady Bears, who entered Tuesday averaging the most assists per night (21.2) in the nation, had 30 dimes on 34 field goals.

“Everybody did a great job sharing the ball and cutting and attacking,” Griner said. “(Pope) and Destiny (Williams), they saw they had two on me and they kept attacking on my side.”

Baylor carved up Tech’s zone defense all night, shooting 47.9 percent from the floor and dominating the paint with a 50-14 scoring advantage. Baylor was shooting over 55 percent at one point in the second half when it had its starters in.

The Lady Raiders played man defense against Baylor much of the first time the two teams played, so Curry had her team play zone looks based out of the 2-3 to slow down Griner.

“Well, obviously we gave her 40 in Lubbock,” Curry said. “So I’m not a very good coach if I don’t try to do a little something about it. You try to do a little something about that and couldn’t get the other bit stopped. They played great tonight, they played great in Lubbock. Credit them, move on.”

The Lady Raiders (18-7, 8-5) looked like they might have been able to keep pace early thanks to crisp passing that took Griner away from the basket on the other end of the court, but Tech couldn’t afford to miss any of the looks it had close to the basket.

Tech shot 28.8 percent in the loss, going the last 3:06 of the first half and first 5:51 of the second half with no field goals. Baylor, which led by 20 at the half, went on a 19-2 after halftime to eliminate any hopes of a Tech comeback.

“You just got to make shots,” Curry said. “You can’t miss shots. You can’t shoot 28 percent.”

Chynna Brown led the Lady Raiders with 15 points, and Casey Morris added 10 to lead the struggling Lady Raider offense. Tech players were unavailable to the media after the game.

Tech didn’t helped its cause with 20 turnovers, its most in league play this season.

The Lady Raiders scored the first four points of the game before Baylor found its groove. The Bears went on a 20-5 run to build a double-digit lead with 10:57 to go.

Twice the Lady Raiders cut the lead to seven in the next two minutes, but Baylor used a 21-8 run the rest of the way to essentially put the game out of reach by intermission.

The Lady Raiders return to the court at 2:30 p.m. Sunday against Texas (9-13, 2-9), still in position to compete for second place in the Big 12.

“My focus right now is on our team,” Curry said. “We’ve got a great opportunity to finish second in this league. We’ve got eight wins just like everybody else. They count just as much as everybody else, and tonight doesn’t dictate what happens going forward. We’ve always done a great job of that, and I’m not worried about tonight. We’ll move forward.”

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Baylor 89
Texas Tech 47

Texas Tech

FG FT REB

Min. M-A M-A O T PF A TP

Baker 25 1-8 6-6 2 4 3 3 8

Brown 32 5-10 3-4 1 3 2 0 15

Hyde 26 2-9 0-0 0 8 4 1 4

Morris 35 4-11 0-0 0 2 3 1 10

Smalls 30 3-6 0-0 1 1 1 1 0

K. Schneider 7 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2

Bokenkamp 6 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0

Nobles 12 1-3 0-0 1 3 1 0 2

Patterson 15 0-5 0-0 0 1 1 0 0

Team 3 3
Totals 200 17-59 9-10 9 27 18 8 47

Baylor

FG FT REB

Min. M-A M-A O T PF A TP

Pope 19 5-7 7-10 3 5 2 2 17

Griner 32 4-10 2-4 3 11 4 5 10

Sims 26 6-13 3-4 1 1 2 5 18

Hayden 30 5-9 0-0 1 5 0 5 10

Madden 17 3-4 1-2 0 2 2 1 9

Johnson 12 0-2 0-0 1 5 0 5 0

Williams 19 4-10 1-1 5 8 0 0 9

Chandler 6 2-3 0-0 0 0 0 0 4

Prince 20 3-10 0-0 0 4 1 3 6

Fuqua’ 4 0-0 2-2 2 2 0 0 2

Robertson 9 0-1 0-0 0 2 0 2 0

Agbuke 2 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 2

Higgins 4 1-1 0-0 0 2 0 0 2

Team 4 6
Totals 200 34-71 16-23 20 53 12 30 89

Texas Tech 26 21 — 47

Baylor 46 43 — 89

Records: Texas Tech 18-7, 8-5 in Big 12; Baylor 23-1, 13-0. Shooting percentages: Tech 28.8% FG, 21.1% 3-pt. FG, 90% FT; BU 47.9% FG, 41.7% 3-pt. FG, 69.6% FT. 3-point goals: Tech 4-19 (Brown 2-6, Morris 2-8, Baker 0-1, Smalls 0-1, Battle 0-1, Hyde 0-2); BU 5-12 (Sims 3-6, Madden 2-3, Hayden 0-1, Johnson 0-1, Prince 0-1). Steals: Tech 8 (Hyde 2, Smalls 2, Baker, Brown, Morris, Bokenkamp); BU 13 (Sims 6, Hayden 2, Pope, Griner, Madden, Johnson, Chandler). Blocked shots: Tech 2 (K. Schneider, Patterson); BU 10 (Griner 7, Pope, Williams, Higgins). Turnovers: Tech 20, BU 14. Total fouls: Tech 18, BU 12. Fouled out: None. Technical fouls: None. Officials: Felicia Grinter, Bryan Enterline, Bill Larance. Attendance: 8,538.

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Nothing New Here

Superior talent at every position. Hats off to Baylor. Tech may or may not be a top tear team. If they make the sweet 16 then they probably are. Otherwise, this is little to show for (?) years.

I do think this is the best team of the Curry era. So it is what it is.

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cured

Wow, what a game! My insomnia has been cured!

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thrash

no Tech is NOT a top "tier" team...altho "tear" may be more appropriate. You can't win very many games shooting 28% and Tech is a very poor offensive team. As much as I wish it were different I think it's time for a new coach....she's had many years to rebuild this program and it's just not happening. It has happened to Texas as well, the teams we use to dominate have surpassed us and its all about recruiting....how does Baylor do it? I'm not so sure that someday they may find some violations at some point...if not we need to do whatever they are doing.

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Tech is 4th in Big 12

Tech has won some very tough games and lost 2 to Baylor, 2 to Iowa State and 1 to OU, to be at 8-5 in conference and 18-7 overall.

Can they be better, sure but unless you have been to their games and watch them play they do not give up and that is what you want in a player.

Every team has a bad day aganist Baylor.

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