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Griffin quits before Lady Bears' victory

Nov. 9, 2010

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Daniel Cernero | Lariat Photo Editor
No. 32 forward Brooklyn Pope drives to the basket against St. Edwards Monday, Nov. 1, 2010, at the Ferrell Center.

By Chris Derrett
Sports Editor

A day after learning their starting point guard quit the team, the Lady Bears blew past Texas A&M International in a 107-26 exhibition game Friday night. Brittney Griner led the way with 25 points in 21 minutes, while junior transfer Brooklyn Pope scored 13 from the starting lineup in her second career game at Baylor.

"It's a game where I'm not sure I could tell you everything that went good about it other than everybody got to play," coach Kim Mulkey said.

Mulkey literally meant everybody played. Ashley Field's 28 minutes was the team's high, and Shanay Washington, who has fought through back spasms, played the least with 12 minutes.

The only player not seeing any action was now-former point guard Kelli Griffin, whose decision to quit Mulkey could not explain. Mulkey said Griffin, sitting 132 assists short of the program's all-time assist lead, did not attend practice this week and told Mulkey she no longer wanted to play basketball.

There was no doubt in the game's outcome, however, as the Lady Bears launched a 22-0 run from the opening tip. They came out with a furious pace, scoring the first three baskets on fast breaks. Griner had no problem in the post and towered over defenders for three scores during the run.

Baylor next plays at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the Ferrell Center against Florida International.