February 10, 2013

Women's Basketball: Baylor shows why it's No. 1

The Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas - Odyssey Sims scored 18 points and Brittney Griner sparked No. 1 Baylor's game-clinching second-half run with her 13th career dunk, leading the Bears to an easy 75-48 win over Texas on Saturday night.

Griner finished with 14 points and three rebounds. Jordan Madden scored 11 points for Baylor (22-1, 12-0 Big 12).

Freshman Imani McGee-Stafford had 13 points and 18 rebounds for the Longhorns (9-13, 2-9).

(2) NOTRE DAME 69, SETON HALL 49: Ariel Braker matched her career high with 15 points, and Natalie Achonwa added 11 points and nine rebounds to lead the Fighting Irish to their 17th straight victory.

Notre Dame (22-1, 10-0 Big East) trailed 2-0 before jumping on the Pirates by scoring 17 of the next 19 points. Achonwa had seven points during the run, including back-to-back layups.

The Pirates (8-15, 3-7) got within eight in the second half before Notre Dame put the game away with a 12-2 run keyed by Braker.

(11) LOUISVILLE 78, PITTSBURGH 45: Shoni Schimmel led five players in double figures with 22 points and Megan Deines scored 17 off the bench to help host Louisville rout its Big East Conference foe for its sixth straight win.

Deines made 7 of 11 shots in just 22 minutes of action, Bria Smith tallied 11 points, and Antonita Slaughter and Sara Hammond chipped in 10 apiece for the Cardinals (20-4, 8-2), who shot 48 percent (17 of 35) in the first half.

Pittsburgh (9-14, 0-10), led by Brianna Kiesel's 14 points, made just 7 of 24 shots in the opening frame and trailed 39-20 at the break.

(25) IOWA STATE 87, KANSAS STATE 71: Chelsea Poppens had 22 points and 18 rebounds, and Hallie Christofferson led all scorers with 25 points as host Iowa State won again.

The Cyclones (17-5, 8-4 Big 12) also got 12 points from Kidd Blaskowsky and 10 from Anna Prins. Nikki Moody had nine points and 13 assists for Iowa State, which has won three in a row.

Kansas State never led in the game and has lost four in a row, but Brittany Chambers scored a season-high 34 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

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