Griner Sets Scoring Record in 90-60 Win

Griner Sets Scoring Record in 90-60 Win

It was all the Lady Bears from the opening tip as Brittney Griner broke yet another record.

Brittney Griner broke the Big 12 Conference women's career scoring record with her first four points of the game en route to a win over Texas Tech.

Led by her season-high 40 points, the senior-center Griner and the Lady Bears (19-1, 9-0 in Big 12 play) blew out the Lady Raiders 90-60 Wednesday night inside the United Spirit Arena.

"My team did a good job getting me the ball and good looks," Griner said. "When I didn't have a shot they did a great job on cutting to the basket so I could find them. We were just clicking from the jump, hitting on all cylinders."

Griner now has her fourth 40-point game in her career, and also has collected 30 blocks in her last four games.

"She's had a lot of blocks the last few games because people have changed a little bit," Baylor Head Coach Kim Mulkey said. "Instead of avoiding coming in the paint they think they are going take it in there and draw fouls and we're just like licking our chops, like c'mon."

A stat line from this game is not always that unusual from Griner, and Mulkey knew this could be the case right from the start when she was recruited to Baylor.

"When Brittany came to Baylor four years ago I told everybody you better by tickets you'll never see anything like her again," Mulkey said.

"And at the time you didn't talk about the records that she would break, but after you saw her play it was pretty obvious she's going to be a phenom and it's not surprising that she's broken those records."

Texas Tech (16-5, 6-3) had a tough time guarding Griner who started off strong and never let up by finishing with almost half of her team's total points and 15 rebounds.

"She's 6'8," Texas Tech's Head Coach Kristy Curry said in how difficult it was covering Griner.

Curry was not disappointed in her teams' performance though against Griner.

"Obviously I think she's trying to break the NCAA scoring record, so she got a lot of looks tonight and credit her and her team for getting her the ball."

Baylor started off the game with an 18-4 run and the Lady Raiders mounted one substantial comeback rattling off a 13-6 run to pull within six, but that would be as close the Lady Raiders would get to threatening Baylor's lead, who ran away with it in the second half behind Griner's play.

Senior guard Casey Morris, who finished with 11 points and four rebounds, was one of the few bright spots for the Lady Raiders.

 She knew it was going to be a challenging game for them when Baylor started off well.

"I just think for them everything was going in, so they just had a really good game. We played defense like we should have, and like every game we might have had some little breakdowns, but they were making everything, so credit to them for making everything."

But Morris knows this is only the first meeting and her team will have a chance to improve in the second one.

"What's good about it is that we get to play them again in Waco, so we're just looking forward from this."

The Lady Raiders next game will be on February 2 at Iowa State with the tip set for 1 p.m. In their previous game against the Cyclones, the Lady Raiders lost at home 58-54.

 

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