DALLAS (AP) — Brittney Griner had 19 points, 13 rebounds and a career best nine assists, and No. 1 Baylor built a quick 25-point lead in an 80-47 victory against Kansas State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 women’s tournament Saturday.
Griner’s effort came five days after she scored a Big 12-record 50 points in a win over the Wildcats in her final regular-season home game.
Kansas State (15-17) was within three well into the second half of last weekend’s loss in Waco, Texas, but this time the Wildcats were down 21-3 just 7 minutes in when coach Deb Patterson called her third timeout.
Destiny Williams had 20 points to lead the Lady Bears (30-1), who clinched their third straight season with at least 30 wins.
Brittany Chambers led Kansas State with 21 points.
Patterson ended up using all four 30-second timeouts in the first 11 minutes.
Duke 72, Florida State 66
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Haley Peters had 17 points and 13 rebounds — including the go-ahead basket with 4:06 left — to help sixth-ranked Duke beat No. 23 Florida State in the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament semifinals.
Tricia Liston also scored 17 for the top-seeded Blue Devils (29-2), who never trailed yet had a tough fight all day with the fourth-seeded Seminoles (22-9). The teams were tied with about 5 minutes left before Peters’ basket started Duke’s go-ahead push.
Peters, a 6-foot-3 junior, had a huge performance after managing just five points and three rebounds in Friday’s quarterfinals against North Carolina State. She finished 8-for-14 from the floor and had six offensive rebounds.
Chelsea Davis scored 17 points to lead Florida State, which was in the semifinals for only the third time in program history. All three runs have ended with losses to Duke.
North Carolina 72, Maryland 65
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Latifah Coleman scored 15 of her career-high 17 points in the final 6-plus minutes and No. 15 North Carolina beat No. 10 Maryland in an Atlantic Coast Conference semifinal.
Tierra Ruffin-Pratt added 20 points for the third-seeded Tar Heels (28-5).
They rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit — the second-biggest comeback in the history of the tournament — by shooting 50 percent in the second half and will face No. 6 Duke in the title game Sunday.
Alyssa Thomas had 26 points, 12 rebounds and finished three assists shy of a second straight triple-double for the second-seeded Terrapins (24-7), and Katie Rutan’s 3-pointer with 2:45 left tied it at 60.
Coleman responded by hitting jumpers on the next two possessions, and Ruffin-Pratt followed with four straight free throws to propel the Tar Heels to their league-record 18th berth in the title game but first since 2008.
Dayton 74, George Washington 49
PHILADELPHIA — Andrea Hoover scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds as No. 11 Dayton breezed to a victory over George Washington in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic 10 Conference tournament.
The top-seeded Flyers (27-1), who were unbeaten in conference play this season, shot 60 percent (18 of 30) in the first half for a 43-21 lead over the Colonials (14-16), who defeated Richmond in the opening round.
Hoover scored 11 points in the first half and Samantha MacKay had 10 of her 12 points for the Flyers, who beat George Washington 80-52 in their only regular-season meeting. Dayton took control with a 12-0 run that gave the Flyers a 23-11 lead 10:25 before halftime.
Kelley Austria scored 13 points for the Flyers and sank 3 of 4 from 3-point range, and Jodie Cornelie blocked five shots.
Tara Booker scored 12 points and Shi-Heria Shipp 11 for George Washington.
Green Bay 80, Milwaukee 56
MILWAUKEE — Lydia Bauer scored 22 points and No. 20 Green Bay completed an undefeated Horizon League season, defeating Milwaukee.
Adrian Ritchie had 19 points and seven rebounds, Stephanie Sension scored 11 and Breannah Ranger finished with 10 points for the Phoenix (26-2, 16-0), who have won 21 in a row. They have now had six unbeaten regular seasons in the Horizon League. Green Bay will host the league tournament beginning Wednesday.
Green Bay never trailed and used a 14-0 run to take a 28-11 lead. Milwaukee couldn’t close the gap to single digits after that point.
Ashley Greene, with 20 points, was the only player in double figures for the Panthers (9-19, 5-11). Green Bay has won 17 in a row in the series between the in-state rivals.