No. 1 Baylor beats Hawaii 77-42; Griner scores 10

  • Article by: OSKAR GARCIA
  • Associated Press
  • November 18, 2012 - 8:50 PM

HONOLULU - Makenzie Robertson scored a career-high 23 points and No. 1 Baylor routed Hawaii 77-42 on Sunday to close a disappointing tournament for the Lady Bears in Honolulu despite two dominant wins.

Brittney Griner had 10 points in 16 minutes, playing just three minutes in the second half. Baylor (4-1) pulled away from Hawaii during a 23-4 run midway through the first half to go up 32-9 with 7:42 left.

The Lady Bears started the second half with a 20-3 run to take a 37-point lead with less than 14 minutes left.

Baylor emptied its bench in picking apart the Rainbow Wahine, using all but one player for at least 10 minutes each.

Kamilah Martin scored 15 points for Hawaii (1-3) in defeat. Hawaii shot under 30 percent and under 24 percent from 3-point range, missing all six of its 3-point attempts in the first half. The Rainbow Wahine had 12 turnovers compared with two assists in the half.

It was clear Hawaii was overmatched from the start by Griner and her teammates.

Ashleigh Karaitiana head faked but didn't jump for the opening tip against Griner. A few minutes later, Griner rebounded a ball over two Hawaii defenders by simply reaching up — without jumping or standing on her tiptoes. The 6-foot-8 Griner has a one-hand standing reach of more than nine feet.

Baylor shot 48.2 percent. Robertson made seven of eight 3-point attempts in 20 minutes off the bench. Destiny Williams had 11 points and Jordan Madden had 10.

Baylor's two wins at the Rainbow Wahine tournament came after losing a Friday opener to No. 4 Stanford, which broke a 42-game winning streak — the fifth longest in NCAA women's history and the longest active streak at the time.

Baylor played without All-American guard Odyssey Sims, who missed her second straight game with a strained hamstring after getting hurt in the Stanford loss.


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