Baylor slams Georgia Tech and rolls into Elite Eight
Des Moines, IA (Sports Network) - Brittney Griner was as dominant as ever scoring 35 points, ripping down 10 rebounds and blocking six shots as the top- seeded Baylor Lady Bears routed fourth-seed Georgia Tech 83-68 in the third round of the NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena.
Destiny Williams scored 18 points and Odyssey Sims added 11 for Baylor (37-0) which will face off with second seed Tennessee in the regional final of the Des Moines region with a spot in the Final Four up for grabs on Monday. Griner dunked for the second straight game during the contest sending in a two-handed slam late in the second half. It was the seventh dunk of her career and ties Candace Parker for the most in NCAA Tournament history.
Tyaunna Marshall and Metra Walthour each scored 10 points for Georgia Tech (26-9) which was playing in the Sweet 16 for the first time in program history after a season in which the Yellow Jackets set a school record for wins.
Georgia Tech led 10-6 early in the first half but Baylor then went on a 20-0 run and never really looked back. The Lady Bears led by as many as 20 in the first half and held a 42-26 advantage at halftime after shooting 53.3 percent in the opening period. On the other side Georgia Tech struggled to just 30.0 percent.
Baylor kept up the pressure in the second half and stretched its lead to as much as 31 after Griner's dunk with 6:29 left on the clock.
Led by Griner the Lady Bears outscored the Yellow Jackets 54-16 on points in the paint. Georgia Tech held a 44-33 edge on the boards and outscored Baylor 21-12 on second chance points. Baylor blocked 10 shots as a team and forced 11 turnovers which the Lady Bears converted into 25 points.
03/24 17:17:10 ET