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Griner's two dunks highlight near-record win

Jan. 2, 2010

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Rod Aydelotte | Associated Press
Brittney Griner, top, dunks over Texas State's Kelsey Krupa (30) in the second half.

WACO, Texas (AP) -- Brittney Griner and No. 5 Baylor put on a show -- at the expense of Texas State.

Griner dunked twice, set the school record for blocked shots in a season and the Bears nearly set an NCAA record for fewest points allowed in a 99-18 thrashing of Texas State on Saturday night.

"We would have beat a lot of teams tonight," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "I don't care who we would have played tonight, this basketball team was ready to play."

Griner scored 26 points and became the second player to dunk more than once in a women's college game. Tennessee's Candace Parker had two dunks against Army on March 19, 2005.

Griner also had eight rebounds and three blocked shots to help Mulkey get her 250th win. The blocks gave Griner the Baylor record for blocks in a season with 87, just 14 games in. Griner now stands just 32 blocks away from the Big 12 single-season blocking record, set at 119 by Courtney Paris of Oklahoma in 2005-06; earlier in the season, she set the Big 12 record for blocked shots in a game, with 11.

"I'm not sure when she finishes her four years, anybody will come close to her shot-block record," Mulkey said.

The Bobcats had only five points on 2 for 32 shooting at halftime, setting a Baylor record for fewest points scored by an opponent in a half; the previous record of five points in a half was set against Howard University's Lady Bison in 2007. The Lady Bears nearly broke the team record for fewest points allowed, set in an 85-17 win over Rice in a the 1974-75 season.

Baylor just missed out on the NCAA Division I records for fewest points allowed in a half and game. Florida State surrendered three points in the first half against Savannah State on Nov. 23, 2003, and TCU yielded 16 points against Texas Southern on Dec. 30, 2002 to set the mark for a game involving two Division I schools.

Diamond Ford led Texas State (4-7) with seven points.

Griner got the second dunk of her career on the first basket in the second half. On a fast break, Kelli Griffin passed across the lane to Melissa Jones, who dumped the ball off to a trailing Griner. Griner took the pass and threw it down strongly with two hands, giving Baylor a 49-5 lead with 19:36 left in the game.

"The one in transition, we just didn't match up," Texas State coach Suzanne Fox said. "If it was anybody else, it wouldn't have been a dunk. It would have been a layup."

With 17:53 remaining, Griner, standing on the baseline, took a pass and made a one-handed dunk.

"There's not anyone, especially in our Southland league, comparable to Brittney Griner. There's not, in very many places in the country, (a player) comparable to her," Fox said. "You really can't emulate how she's going to distort things on the offensive and defensive end. You just can't emulate that in a practice setting. So that's a challenge for us."