|Baylor center Brittney Griner, right, attempts to get to the basket as UCLA forward Atonye Nyingifa, left, defends in the first half of a college basketball game in the women's Preseason NIT on Thursday Nov. 17, 2011, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)|
No. 1 Baylor beats No. 22 UCLA 83-50, No. 2 next
WACO, Texas—Brittney Griner had 18 points with 14 rebounds and Odyssey Sims scored 22 points for top-ranked Baylor in an 83-50 victory over No. 22 UCLA on Thursday night that sets up a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in the preseason WNIT championship game.
The Lady Bears (3-0) host No. 2 Notre Dame on Sunday, after the Irish beat Hartford 98-43 earlier Thursday night.
Baylor put its preseason WNIT semifinal game out of reach with a 30-2 run after halftime. That run started with 19 consecutive points, capped when Griner blocked a shot that Jordan Madden caught and then drove the length of the court for a layup to make it 56-29.
UCLA, playing without two injured starters, went more than 8 1/2 minutes without a field goal until Thea Lemberger's reach-in jumper with 9:50 left in the game final ended that scoreless streak. But Baylor then responded by scoring 11 more in a row.