No. 2 Baylor 74, TCU 35

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 02, 2013
Brittney Griner had 24 points - including a dunk - and 12 rebounds to lead No. 2 Baylor to a 74-35 win over Big 12 newcomer TCU on Wednesday night in the conference opener for both teams. Odyssey Sims scored 14 points and Brooklyn Pope added 12 for the Lady Bears (11-1, 1-0), who took control with a 20-0 run in the first half to win their eighth straight game. Donielle Breaux and Natalie Ventress each scored seven points to lead the Horned Frogs (7-5, 0-1). TCU shot just 21 percent from the field before 7,394 fans, the largest crowd to see a TCU basketball game - men's or women's - in school history. The Horned Frogs had a 7-5 lead nearly five minutes into the game before the Lady Bears rattled off 20 straight points, with all but six of them - including Griner's dunk with 13:51 to go in the half - coming off turnovers. By the time TCU scored again on two free throws by Ventress, Baylor was up 25-7. The Lady Bears built that to 31-9 with Griner's personal 6-0 run that included a nice putback jumper from the free throw line. Baylor held TCU without a field goal for nearly 13 minutes, from Ventress' one-arm toss in the paint to Breaux's fast-break layup with 2:48 to play before halftime. The Lady Bears led 40-11 at the break and the Frogs couldn't recover from their poor shooting and turnovers. The Frogs made just 4 of 31 field goals (12.9 percent) in the first half, while Baylor shot 48.5 percent (16-of-33). TCU's 11 first-half points tied for their second-fewest in school history.
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