Baylor coach Kim Mulkey is running out of superlatives to describe 6-foot-8 center Brittney Griner.
Griner had 31 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks to lift No. 3 Baylor to a 61-58 victory Saturday over No. 8 Texas A&M for the Big 12 tournament title in Kansas City, Mo. Griner’s points and blocks were Big 12 title game records.
“If anybody has another adjective (for Griner’s performance), let me know,” Mulkey said.
The Bears (31-2) cut down the nets and celebrated a second Big 12 tournament championship in three years thanks to the domination by Griner at both ends. During one stretch, she scored 20 consecutive points.
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“This game is going to help us when we get in the NCAA tournament,” Griner said. “There will be times when you get down and you have to be able to fight back.”
Bree Farley hit a turnaround with less than a second left and Jaleesa Ross scored 17 of her 23 points in the second half of the WAC title game, helping Fresno State beat Louisiana Tech, 78-76, in Las Vegas to reach the NCAA tournament for the fifth year in a row. ... Michelle Plouffe scored eight of her 24 points in overtime, sparking Utah to a 52-47 upset of TCU in the championship game of the Mountain West Conference tournament in Las Vegas. ... Paige Mintun scored 20 points and fourth-seeded UC Davis earned a trip to the NCAA tournament with a 66-49 victory over Cal Poly in the Big West Conference tournament championship game in Anaheim, Calif. ... Stephanie Stender and Lynden Christian graduate Kenzie De Boer each scored 11 points to lead Montana to a 62-58 win at Portland State in the championship game of the Big Sky Conference tournament in Portland.
Debbie Ryan, who built Virginia’s program into a perennial NCAA tournament team and overcame pancreatic cancer, has resigned after 34 years and 736 victories.