No. 17 Texas Tech Falls To No. 1 Baylor, 72-64

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No. 17 Texas Tech fell, 72-64, to top-ranked Baylor.

Jan. 18, 2012

Lady Raider Recap
No. 1 Baylor 72
No. 10 Texas Tech 64

Box Score | Notes | Quotes | Photos
Postgame News Conference video camera
37 35 72
31 33 64
Stats Comparison
FG Made-Attempted 27-54 27-63
3P Made-Attempted 5-11 5-13
FT Made-Attempted 13-19 5-11
Steals 4 5
Blocks 9 3
Fouls 14 14
Largest Lead 16 3
Stat Leaders
Griner - 21Points Hyde - 15
Williams - 16Rebounds Mallard - 8
Hayden - 6Assists Smalls - 6

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - Brittney Griner scored 21 points to lead No. 1 Baylor over Texas Tech 72-64 on Wednesday.

Texas Tech cut the lead to 69-63 when Monique Smalls stole the ball from Odyssey Sims in the backcourt and made a layup with 1:12 remaining.

But Griner, who finished 7 of 16 from the field with eight blocks, hit a short jumper from the left side to put the Lady Bears back up by eight 71-63 and seal the win.

Baylor worked the ball inside to the 6-foot-8 Griner, who was able to pass the ball out or work her way in for easy layups.

Destiny Williams scored 16 points and got a career-high 16 rebounds for Baylor (18-0, 5-0).

Christine Hyde scored 15 points to lead the Lady Raiders (14-3, 2-3), who dropped their third straight conference game.

The Lady Bears used a balanced attack, getting double-digit scoring from three players. They overwhelmed Texas Tech on the boards 42-29. But the Lady Raiders battled to get the ball inside and outscored Baylor in the paint 38-36.

Texas Tech's defense forced 14 turnovers, but the Lady Raiders got just nine points from them.

Baylor used a 10-0 run after halftime to lead 47-33, while the Lady Raiders failed to score on eight possessions over five minutes.

The Lady Raiders had just three turnovers in the first half and doubled that in the first three minutes of the second half.

Baylor led 37-31 at halftime, as Griner made her presence known early and often in the first half. Despite having two Lady Raiders draped on and around her, Griner got 11 points and four rebounds in the first half.

Baylor built a lead against Texas Tech, using a 13-2 run late in the half, to go up 36-23. But the Lady Raiders did not relent, finishing the half on an 8-1 run.

The win for Baylor avenged a rare loss for it last season. Texas Tech stunned the Lady Bears in Lubbock 56-45 in February. It was just their second loss at that point and broke Baylor's 21-game win streak.




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