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Griner’s blocks helps Baylor win

– Brittney Griner now has the record she has always wanted.

How about a block party for the All-American from Baylor who already holds the NCAA women’s record with 11 dunks and is a three-point play from becoming the Big 12’s career scoring leader.

Griner set the NCAA career record for blocked shots, getting the record-tying and record-setting blocks by swatting away a pair of shots by Oklahoma’s Aaryn Ellenberg, as the top-ranked Bears (18-1, 8-0 Big 12) won 82-65 Saturday for their 50th consecutive win at home.

“Definitely happy I got that. Now I’m going to try to set it higher,” the 6-foot-8 Griner said. “Blocked shots keep the other team from scoring, that’s just how I look at it. Blocked shots kind of remind me when I played volleyball, I used to love to spike. ... That’s why I like (blocks) the most.”

With eight in the game, Griner has 665 career blocks, two more than Louella Tomlinson had for St. Mary’s in California (2007-11).

“As good as she is on the offensive end, where she really changes games is on the defensive end,” Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale said.

Griner fouled out after scoring 15 points.

Her 2,833 career points are two shy of matching Oklahoma State’s Andrea Riley’s (2007-10).

No. 3 CONNECTICUT 67, CINCINNATI 31: In Cincinnati, Stefanie Dolson scored 15 points as the Huskies (18-1, 5-1 Big East) only gave up nine points in the first half.

UConn has won six in a row since a 73-72 loss to Notre Dame on Jan. 5.

The Bearcats (8-11, 0-6) have lost six in a row overall. They’ve been held to 45 points or fewer in each of last four games.

No. 24 IOWA STATE 53, WEST VIRGINIA 49: In Morgantown, W.Va., Hallie Christofferson scored 23 points and grabbed seven boards as the Cyclones (14-4, 5-3 Big 12) snapped a two-game losing streak.

Ayana Dunning led West Virginia (11-8, 3-5) with 17 points

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