|Minnesota's Leah Cotton, back, goes to the basket over Baylor's Kimetria Hayden (1) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011, Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Tom Olmscheid)|
Griner, Baylor women roll to win at Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS—Brittney Griner scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds while Odyssey Sims added 15 points to help No. 1 Baylor roll to a 89-60 victory at Minnesota on Sunday.
The Lady Bears (8-0) were never really threatened in the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge game against the Gophers (4-5). Baylor jumped to a double-digit lead in the game's opening minutes and used its size inside and quickness on the perimeter to overwhelm Minnesota.
Rachel Banham scored 19 points to lead Minnesota, which has now lost three of four. Leah Cotton added 14 and Kiara Buford scored 13 for the Gophers.
The Gophers made slowing Griner their defensive priority, but Baylor proved that it has plenty of other offensive options.
Kimetria Hayden added 11 points for the Lady Bears, who outrebounded Minnesota 58-39. Sims added a game-high nine assists.