Texas Tech women lose 89-47 at No. 1 Baylor
Texas Tech women lose 89-47 at No. 1 Baylor again, even while holding Griner to 30 points less
WACO, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry knew her team had to try something different against Brittney Griner this time.
The Lady Raiders kept plenty of defenders around Griner, and held her to 30 points fewer than when they played only two weeks earlier.
They couldn't stop the rest of the top-ranked Lady Bears and lost 89-47 on Tuesday night.
"Credit her teammates. 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," Curry said. "Her supporting cast stepped up. We gave up 40 at our place and 10 tonight, and still the same result."
Actually, it was more lopsided than the 30 point-loss in the previous meeting.
Griner still had her 54th career double-double, finishing with 10 points and 11 rebounds, as the Lady Bears won their 52nd consecutive game at home.
Griner, the 6-foot-8 senior, also had seven blocked shots and five assists while leading four players scoring in double figures for the Lady Bears (23-1, 13-0 Big 12), who had two other players with nine points.
Odyssey Sims had 18 points, six steals and five assists. Brooklyn Pope had 17 points while Kimetria Hayden had 10 points and seven assists.
"These are good games. When they collapse on me and have two or three on me the whole game, it opens up everybody else on my team," said Griner, who had 40 points and 15 rebounds in Baylor's 30-point win at Lubbock on Jan. 30. "These games are just as good as the 30- and 40-point games."
Chynna Brown had 15 points to lead Texas Tech (18-7, 8-5), and Casey Morris had 10.
Along with their nation's best home winning streak have several other impressive winning streaks, the Lady Bears have won 21 games in a row overall and 35 consecutive Big 12 regular-season games.
The Lady Bears, going for their third consecutive regular-season conference title, have a four-game lead over 22nd-ranked Oklahoma (18-5, 8-3) with five league games left. Their only remaining non-conference game in the regular season is Monday night's showdown at third-ranked Connecticut.
Tech is one of three Big 12 teams with eight conference victories — the most behind Baylor.
"My focus right now is our team. We've got a great opportunity to finish second in this league," Curry said. "Tonight doesn't dictate what happens going forward."
The Lady Raiders scored the game's first four points. The Lady Bears went nearly 2½ minutes before Jordan Madden's 3-pointer, and went ahead to stay when Griner had a rebound that led to her jumper that made it 5-4.
When Madden made her second 3-pointer, only 2 minutes after the first, it was already 11-6.
Texas Tech also scored first after halftime, but Kelsi Baker's two free throws in the first minute only cut the gap to 46-28.
Sims responded with a 3-pointer to start a 17-0 run that she capped with a jumper 3½ minutes later for a 65-28 lead. Pope's eight points in the spurt included consecutive layups, the second on an assist by Sims.
Unlike last season, the Lady Raiders haven't been close this year against Baylor. Then again, nobody has with the Lady Bears winning by an average margin of 28 points (26 in Big 12 games) before the latest lopsided victory.
When Baylor had the NCAA's first 40-win season with an undefeated national championship a year ago, the Lady Raiders twice lost by eight points or less. The only other teams that finished within 10 points were Connecticut and Texas A&M.
"I think we're better. We played them within 10 a year ago and that didn't do anything for us in the end," Curry said. "It's about maturity and growth, and anytime you have a great senior class like (Hayden) and Madden and Brittney and Pope, those kids have really matured and grown."
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