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Baylor women clinch Big 12 crown

February 22, 2012

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— Brittney Griner had 18 points with 10 rebounds, and top-ranked Baylor claimed the outright Big 12 title with an 80-59 victory over Texas on Tuesday night.

Griner’s 40th career double-double came in her 100th game at Baylor.

After a pregame ceremony when the 6-foot-8 junior phenom was recognized for becoming Baylor’s fourth 2,000-point career scorer earlier this season, Griner put the Lady Bears ahead to stay with layup only 31 seconds into the game.

The Lady Bears (28-0, 15-0 Big 12) had clinched a share of the title with a win over Texas Tech on Saturday night, when they cut down the nets and got championship T-shirts in a full-scale celebration for their second consecutive Big 12 regular season title, and third overall.

After beating Texas (15-12, 5-10) to ensure they wouldn’t have to share the title, the reaction was much more subdued.

Baylor players had the customary postgame handshake with the opposing team, and then stood in front of the band for the usual playing of the alma mater. They slapped hands with a few fans lining the edge of the court, but nothing like the raucous celebration three nights earlier.

The Ferrell Center went silent with 16 seconds left when Shanay Washington crumbled to the floor grabbing the bulky brace protecting her surgically repaired left knee.

Washington, who returned only a month ago after playing only five games last season, could be heard crying as trainers tended to her. She remained down for several minutes before getting up and walking gingerly off the court.

Kimetria Hayden had 17 points in 21 minutes for the Lady Bears, and Brooklyn Pope had 13 points.

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