No. 1 Baylor 83, Oklahoma St. 51

Brittney Griner and top-ranked Baylor aren’t just winning every

game they play. They’re making each one a blowout.

Griner had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Kimetria Hayden scored a

season-high 20 points and the Bears remained perfect this season by

beating Oklahoma State 83-51 on Wednesday night.

The blowouts are nothing new for the Bears (26-0, 13-0 Big 12),

who are making an unprecedented rampage through conference play.

Each of their last eight wins have come by at least 20 points.

”I thought it was just a good night and everybody should be

happy,” coach Kim Mulkey said.

The Bears easily avoided an upset in an arena that’s been

unfriendly at times over the years. Baylor had a losing record in

Stillwater coming into the game and had teams ranked in the top 5

lose at Oklahoma State twice in the past four years.

Griner made sure there was no chance for history to repeat

itself, making 11 of 17 shots and also blocking six on the other

end.

Hayden was 6 for 8 from the field and made eight of her nine

foul shots, providing only the second 20-point game of her career.

The other came against the Cowgirls two years ago in her first

career start.

”(Hayden) has just learned through being here three years

what’s a good shot, what’s not a good shot – when to attack, when

not to attack.” Mulkey said. ”I think she’s making better

decisions. She’s making better decisions on the offensive

end.”

Hayden became Griner’s third teammate to score at least 20

points in a game this season.

”While Brittney gets all the attention- and she should – those

other players are outstanding All-Americans and they don’t care,”

Mulkey said. ”It’s about the ring. it’s not about individual

honors. It’s not about how many points you score.

”We’re on a mission and we want to get to a Final Four and win

a championship. As you saw tonight, we have many weapons.”

Taylor Schippers led Oklahoma State (13-9, 5-8) with 11 points.

Liz Donohoe scored 10 and Tiffany Bias had eight assists while

going 1 for 13 from the field. The Cowgirls have lost five of their

last six games.

”When you play them, you’ve got to be as close to perfect as

possible if you’re going to win or be competitive in the game,”

Cowgirls coach Jim Littell said. ”I think we did some things that

are better than what the score showed up but we didn’t make

shots.”

They became the latest victim in Baylor’s impressive monthlong

blowout streak.

Only 14 teams have ever won eight straight regular-season Big 12

games and none made it more than halfway to the Bears’ current

stretch of 20-point blowouts.

Nebraska (2010) and Oklahoma (2006) had only three wins by that

margin during their undefeated runs through Big 12 play. Texas

A&M had eight last season on its way to the national title, but

never more than three in a row. And when the Bears won it all in

2005, they only beat two Big 12 foes by 20.

”I think somebody’s going to have to really be on their game

and I think Baylor’s going to have to be a little off to beat

them,” Littell said.

Baylor leads the nation in shooting percentage (48.7) and is

second on the defensive end (30.2) in that category.

Against the Cowgirls, the Bears shot 55 percent while holding a

46-16 scoring edge in the paint. They attempted only three

3-pointers – fewer than Oklahoma State tried in its first four

possessions.

The Cowgirls ended up making 26 percent and went 6 for 27 from

3-point range.

”Baylor’s a good team, so I don’t really look at the scoreboard

just as long as we’re executing plays that coach is calling for

us,” Bias said. ”We did have some good plays that we ran and we

executed well. We just couldn’t hit open shots tonight.”

After Oklahoma State claimed an early 8-6 lead, Griner hit

back-to-back jumpers in the lane to launch a 17-2 surge that put

the Bears ahead to stay. Griner added a third jumper with a

turnaround shot in the lane later in the run, Odyssey Sims followed

with a 3-pointer and Hayden’s jumper in the lane made it 23-10 with

11:52 left in the first half.

The Cowgirls were never again within single digits as Baylor

pushed its lead to 17 by halftime and led by at least 20 over the

final 14 minutes.

Griner had eight points during a 10-0 Baylor run, sinking a

jumper as she ran along the left side to make it 55-29 with 14:02

remaining.

”I’m going to be a guard next year,” the 6-foot-8 Griner

cracked. ”I’m just telling you now.”

Griner’s layup in transition pushed it to 72-43 just before she

came out one second past the 7-minute mark in the second half. The

rest of the starters filtered out over the next 2 minutes and were

replaced by reserves outside the rotation down the stretch.