Bay­lor pounds Vols for 45th straight home vic­tory

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS BRIEFING -

Brit­tney Griner scored the first six points of the game and third-ranked Bay­lor had the first 17, ex­tend­ing its home win­ning streak to 45 in a row with a 76-53 vic­tory over 10th-ranked Ten­nessee on Tues­day night in Waco.

Griner fin­ished with 17 points and 12 re­bounds, her third con­sec­u­tive dou­ble-dou­ble and 47th of her ca­reer. Brook­lyn Pope had 11 points and 16 re­bounds.

Griner, the 6-foot-8 two-time All-Amer­i­can, had nine of Bay­lor’s first 11 points less than 4 min­utes into the game. The Lady Bears (9-1) won their sev­enth in a row since los­ing to top-ranked Stan­ford a week into the sea­son.

Ten­nessee (7-2) had won seven in a row, in­clud­ing four games against Top 25 teams, since open­ing its first sea­son un­der new head coach Holly War­lick with a loss at Ten­nessee-Chat­tanooga.

In a re­match of last year’s NCAA re­gional fi­nal, a 77-58 Lady Bears vic­tory in what was Ten­nessee coach Pat Sum­mitt’s fi­nal game last March, the Lady Vols trailed 41-16 at the half.

That was the largest half­time deficit in Lady Vols his­tory.

No. 14 Louisville 75, Washington State 39: Sara Ham­mond scored 18 points as the Car­di­nals (10-2) routed the vis­it­ing Cougars (3-6).

No. 16 Day­ton 90, Akron 59: An­drea Hoover and Cassie Sant scored 18 points as the vis­it­ing Fly­ers (11-0) beat the Zips (8-3). Rachel Tecca led Akron with 13 points.

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