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Women's basketball: Griner dunks three times as Baylor beats Florida State

Published March 26, 2013 10:22 pm

Women's basketball • Lady Bears' star has three slams in win.
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Waco, Texas • Brittney Griner provided a most appropriate goodbye in her final home game for Baylor — with a trio of dunks and another double-double.

Griner had 33 points and a career-high 22 rebounds to go with her three highlight dunks, including a the one-hand slam in the first half and two more in a 79-second span right before coming out of the game for good, as the defending national champion Lady Bears rolled past Florida State 85-47 Tuesday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

With former President George W. Bush part of the crowd packed into the Ferrell Center for the final home game of Griner's impressive career, the 6-foot-8 two-time All-American delivered.

The Lady Bears (34-1) are in the NCAA round of 16 for the fourth year in a row. They play Louisville (26-8) on Sunday in Oklahoma City.

Brooklyn Pope had 12 points for Baylor, which has won a nation's-best 57 games in a row at home. Odyssey Sims had 11 points and Kimetria Hayden 10.

Leonor Rodriguez had 11 points and was the only player in double figures for Florida State (23-10), which at the end of the regular season was the only of the 343 Division I teams with five players averaging in double figures.

Griner's opening slam came on a break after a Florida State basket. Freshman guard Niya Johnson passed ahead to Griner, who took one step without a dribble before slamming it home with 4 minutes left in the first half for a 43-18 lead — sending the partisan crowd of 9,652 into a frenzy as she ran down the court with her mouth open and clearly enjoying the moment.

Delaware 78, North Carolina 69 • In Newark, Del., Elena Delle Donne scored 33 points in her final home game, and Delaware rallied past foul-plagued North Carolina to advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

The sixth-seeded Blue Hens (32-3) trailed 50-42 with 15:31 left before coming back to extend their school-record winning streak to 27 games and eliminate No. 3 seed North Carolina (29-7). Delaware will next travel to Connecticut to face second-seeded Kentucky in the Bridgeport Regional semifinals Saturday.

Duke 68, Oklahoma State 59 • In Durham, N.C., Elizabeth Williams had 16 points and 12 rebounds, and Duke rallied to beat Oklahoma State. Haley Peters added 15 points and 13 rebounds for the second-seeded Blue Devils (32-2). They advance to face sixth-seeded Nebraska in the regional semifinals on Sunday in Norfolk, Va. —

Tuesday's scores

• Louisville 76, Purdue 63

• Baylor 85, Florida St. 47

• Stanford 73,Michigan 40

• LSU 71, Penn State 66

• Duke 68, Okla. St. 59

• Notre Dame 74,Iowa 57

• Delaware 78,N. Carolina 69

• Kentucky 84,Dayton 70