Brittney Griner had 18 points with 14 rebounds and Odyssey Sims scored 22 points for top-ranked Baylor in an 83-50 victory over No. 22 UCLA on Thursday night that sets up a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in the preseason WNIT championship game.
The Lady Bears (3-0) host No. 2 Notre Dame on Sunday, after the
Irish beat Hartford 98-43 earlier Thursday night.
Baylor put its preseason WNIT semifinal game out of reach with a
30-2 run after halftime. That run started with 19 consecutive
points, capped when Griner blocked a shot that Jordan Madden caught
and then drove the length of the court for a layup to make it
UCLA, playing without two injured starters, went more than 8½
minutes without a field goal until Thea Lemberger's reach-in jumper
with 9:50 left in the game final ended that scoreless streak. But
Baylor then responded by scoring 11 more in a row.