WACO, Texas (AP) — Brittney Griner scored 27 points with eight rebounds and eight blocked shots to help top-ranked Baylor remain undefeated with another lopsided victory over Oklahoma, 81-54, on Monday night.
Even with Oklahoma determined to make things difficult on Griner, surrounding her with pink jerseys, Baylor’s 6-foot-8 junior phenom just kept making free throws. She set a career high making all 13 of her attempts.
Baylor (24-0, 11-0 Big 12) stretched its home winning streak to 36, this win coming only 11 days after they beat the Sooners 89-58 in Norman.
Whitney Hand had 20 points to lead Oklahoma (15-7, 7-4), which had won three in a row since the loss to the Lady Bears. Sharane Campbell had 13 points.
Odyssey Sims had 14 points and four steals for Baylor, while Brooklyn Pope had 11 points and six rebound.
No. 5 DUKE 96, No. 22 NORTH CAROLINA 56
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Tricia Liston scored 16 of her 23 points during the decisive first-half run in Duke’s rout of North Carolina.
Richa Jackson added 17 points for the Blue Devils (19-3, 10-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). They shot 54 percent and led by 41 in claiming their third straight win over their fiercest rivals — and their most lopsided since a 101-58 romp in 2000.
Chelsea Gray finished with 15 points and Elizabeth Williams had 13 points and 10 rebounds for Duke, which outscored North Carolina 39-12 during a 10¬ minute stretch late in the first half. Liston hit three of the Blue Devils’ seven 3-pointers during that run.
Chay Shegog had 19 points to lead the Tar Heels (17-6, 7-3). They managed just four field goals over the last 13 minutes of the half and had their five-game winning streak snapped.
No. 8 MARYLAND 64, No. 22 GEORGIA TECH 56
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Alyssa Thomas scored 23 points and pulled down 12 rebounds, Tianna Hawkins added a career-high 23 points and Maryland beat Georgia Tech.
Despite a difficult shooting night from the field, Thomas went 12 of 12 on free throws to help Maryland (20-3, 7-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) win its second straight.
Sasha Goodlett, who finished with 15 points, was the only player to score in double figures for Georgia Tech (17-7, 7-4). The loss snapped the Yellow Jackets’ four-game winning streak.
No. 10 OHIO STATE 72, WISCONSIN 58
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Samantha Prahalis scored a career-high 34 points and No. 10 Ohio State made the most of an eight-day layoff to beat Wisconsin, the Buckeyes’ 20th consecutive victory over the Badgers.
Tayler Hill, the Big Ten’s leading scorer, added 18 points for the Buckeyes (21-2, 8-2), who had lots of time to mull a disappointing 76-65 loss at Minnesota on Jan. 29.
Ohio State broke the game open with a 16-3 second-half run.
Taylor Wurtz had 20 points and Morgan Paige 14 for Wisconsin (8-15, 4-7), which hit a school-record 12 3-pointers.