Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Baylor Takes Down Irish Griner Dominates in Championship Game Rematch

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Baylor Takes Down Irish Griner Dominates in Championship Game Rematch

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Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw took solace in her team's effort in another loss to No. 3 Baylor.

Even though her young yet fifth-ranked Fighting Irish were beaten by the Lady Bears -- just as they were in the national title game last season -- McGraw believes her squad offered more of a challenge this time.

The score was tied with seven minutes to go when the Lady Bears (7-1) used a 10-0 run to pull away en route to a 73-61 victory Wednesday night against Notre Dame, which has only two starters back from last year's team.

"We were much better than we were last year with a much younger team and they have the same team. So I was pleased. I think we've gotten better," she said.

"I think when we watch the tape we're going to see so many growing mistakes."

Brittney Griner had 24 points and 14 rebounds, three other Baylor players scored in double figures and the Lady Bears dominated inside. They outscored the Irish, 36-26, in the lane and outrebounding them, 44-35.

Griner said she let the game come to her.

"Last year I guess I started getting even more patient. I couldn't get my hands on the ball, keep moving. Whatever I can do, I will do. I took it a play at a time, post up strong when I had to. Did whatever I could to help my team out."

The Irish were no match for the Bears, especially with All- America senior Skylar Diggins struggling on 4-of-19 shooting and scoring eight points.

Odyssey Sims returned after missing four games with a hamstring injury and added 16 points for Baylor. Coach Kim Mulkey said she thought Sims' play proved she's the best point guard in the country.

"She's played Skylar four times and won every ballgame. She's won a national championship," Mulkey said. "Odyssey didn't have one of her best games, either, but she never stopped being tough on the floor and she never stopped guarding people."

Other top 25 women

* North Carolina 64, Radford 44: Waltiea Rolle scored 24 points and Xylina McDaniel had 16 to go with eight rebounds and the No. 21 Tar Heels (8-1) defeated the Highlanders (3-4) in a non-conference contest.

* Creighton 66, Nebraska 57: Marissa Janning provided a needed spark off the bench, leading the Bluejays (4-2) with 19 points on 7- of-10 shooting including four 3-pointers to give Creighton the victory against the No. …

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