Brittney Griner scored 21 points before getting ejected as No. 14 Baylor defeated Texas Tech, 69-60, at Lubbock, Texas, last night.
Officials tossed the freshman with 9:01 remaining after she punched Texas Tech sophomore forward Jordan Barncastle in the face.
Griner likely faces additional discipline from Baylor and the Big 12, and coach Kim Mulkey said she will also deal with Griner.
“There’s no place for that in sports,’’ Mulkey said. “It was ugly for women’s basketball. It was ugly that coaches were on the court, that benches cleared, and I will take care of that with my team.’’
Baylor was up, 55-39, when Barncastle fouled Griner while guarding her under the Lady Bears’ basket. As the Tech player was moving away and untangling her arm from Griner, the Baylor standout swung and landed a punch with her right hand on Barncastle’s face.
Nebraska 72, Kansas 52 - Kelsey Griffin scored 18 points as the third-ranked Cornhuskers (28-0, 15-0 Big 12) beat the Jayhawks (15-13, 5-10) in Lincoln, Neb.
Xavier Henry scored 15 of his 19 points in a tight first half and Kansas (28-2, 14-1) wore down Kansas State in a foul-filled game to extend the nation’s longest home winning streak to 59 games. The Jayhawks are 32-2 against Kansas State in the Big 12 era and will have the No. 1 seed in next week’s Big 12 tournament.
Kansas State (24-5, 11-4) relied on the guard combination of Jacob Pullen and Denis Clemente to keep it close while its front line struggled with foul trouble. Clemente had 21 points and Pullen scored 15 of his 20 in the first half.
Kentucky 80, Georgia 68 - John Wall had 24 points and the No. 3 Wildcats (28-2, 13-2) clinched at least a share of the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship by beating the host Bulldogs.
Maryland 79, Duke 72 - Greivis Vasquez scored 20 points, including a clutch basket with 37 seconds left, and the No. 22 Terrapins (22-7, 12-3) beat the fourth-ranked Blue Devils (25-5, 12-3) at home to move into a tie with the Blue Devils atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings.
Purdue 74, Indiana 55 - Chris Kramer scored a season-high 18 points in his final home game to help the No. 7 Boilermakers (25-4, 13-4 Big Ten) beat the Hoosiers (9-20, 3-14) in West Lafayette, Ind.
New Mexico 73, TCU 66 - Darington Hobson had 20 points and 14 rebounds while Roman Martinez added 19 points in his final game at The Pit, leading the No. 8 Lobos (28-3, 14-2 Mountain West) over the Horned Frogs (13-17, 5-10) to secure their first outright conference title in 16 years.
BYU 71, Utah 51 - Brandon Davies scored a career-high 21 points and Michael Loyd Jr. added 18 as the No. 14 Cougars (27-4, 12-3 Mountain West) beat the Utes (14-15, 7-8) in Salt Lake City.
Wisconsin 67, Iowa 40 - Jon Leuer scored 18 points, and the No. 15 Badgers (22-7, 12-5 Big Ten) cruised past the Hawkeyes (10-20, 4-13) in Madison, Wis.
Tennessee 80, Arkansas 73 - Scotty Hopson scored 15 points to lead the No. 16 Volunteers (22-7, 10-5 SEC) over the Razorbacks (14-16, 7-8) in Knoxville, Tenn.