Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Greiner Dunks, Baylor Romps

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Greiner Dunks, Baylor Romps

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Griner keys Baylor's win in its opener

Brittney Griner had 33 points, 10 rebounds, six blocks and another dunk, and defending champion Baylor opened the NCAA Tournament with an 82-40 victory at home over Prairie View A&M on Sunday night. Griner's record 15th collegiate dunk was the first of several plays that drew big roars from the crowd with the game well in hand in the second half. The Lady Bears (33-1), the overall No. 1 seed in the field, won their 31st straight game since an early- season loss to Stanford, another top seed. They next face Florida State, on Tuesday.

Gabrielle Scott led Prairie View with 14 points off the bench. The Lady Panthers (17-15) lost as a No. 16 seed for the third year in a row. Two of them were against Baylor in Waco, and the other was to Connecticut.

Griner's latest dunk she had two in the NCAA Tournament last year came right after Prairie View had scored to make it 49-26. Sims found Griner alone under the basket and threw a pass three- quarters the length of the floor. Griner caught it, turned under the basket and dunked with one hand on the other side of the rim.

Florida State 60, Princeton 44 Leonor Rodriguez and Morgan Toles each scored 12 points to help the eighth-seeded Seminoles (23-9) win at Baylor. The ninth-seeded Tigers end at 22-7.

Louisville 74, Middle Tennessee 49 Shoni Schimmel scored 20 points, and the fifth-seeded Cardinals gained their fifth straight NCAA tourney-opening victory under coach Jeff Walz. Louisville (25- 8), which was playing at home, will face Purdue on Tuesday. No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee (25-8) had won seven in a row.

No. 4 Purdue 77, No. 13 Liberty 43 Courtney Moses scored 21 points, hitting five of eight shots from 3-point range, to help the fourth-seeded Boilermakers (25-8) romp in Louisville. The Lady Flames finish at (27-7).


Dayton 96, St. John's 90 Andrea Hoover scored 24 points to help visiting Dayton win in the first double overtime game in the tournament since 2000. The seventh-seeded Flyers (28-2) will face Kentucky in the second round Tuesday night. The No. 10 Red Storm finish at 18-13.

Kentucky 61, Navy 41 DeNesha Stallworth scored 18 points to lead the second-seeded Wildcats (28-5) to victory at St. …

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