Griner gets first triple-double in Baylor history

WACO, Texas (AP) Brittney Griner had a record-setting night all around.

The Baylor star had the first
triple-double in school history and set a Big 12 record with 11 blocks
in the sixth-ranked Bears’ 101-76 win over Oral Roberts Wednesday
night.

Griner finished with 34 points and 13
rebounds, breaking the conference record of 10. Melissa Jones came
close to a triple-double of her own, with 15 points, nine rebounds and
nine steals.

“Those kids are big-time players,”
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said of Jones and Griner. “There are so many
adjectives to describe these two, but I can tell you this, I’m a
blessed coach. They brought their lunch pail. (Jones) brings it every
day and (Griner) is learning to bring it every day.”

Morghan Medlock scored 16 for Baylor and Ashley Field had 15 points.

Baylor (9-1) held the highest-scoring
team in the nation well below its average of 91.6 points. Oral Roberts
(7-3) shot 38.6 percent and had 27 turnovers, many in the lane as
shooters altered their shots to avoid Griner.

Kevi Luper scored 32 for Oral Roberts. She came into the game as the leading scorer in the country with 27.1 points a game.

Griner played 36 minutes and had only one brief rest before sitting for good with Baylor up 93-72 with 2:43 remaining.

Griner made 12 of her 20 shots from the field, but missed three dunk attempts.

“I told her to go up with two hands,” Mulkey said. “Go up there with two hands and dont get lazy. She got lazy on those dunks.”

The Golden Eagles scored 28 points in the first half, their lowest this season.

The game came one day after the
death of the death of the school’s founder and namesake, one of the
first preachers to embrace television in the 1950s.

“It’s going to be a huge week at
school with what that man means to our university and what he’s done
for our kids,” Oral Roberts coach Jerry Finkbeiner said. “He loves
basketball. That was his passion, besides evangelism.”

Updated December 16, 2009