DES MOINES, Iowa — Brittney Griner capped a sensational performance with a two-handed dunk and Baylor stormed into the NCAA regional finals for the third straight year with an 83-68 rout of Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Griner, who finished with 35 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks, got behind the defense and threw down her slam with 6:29 left in yet another rout for the Lady Bears — swinging briefly on the rim for good measure.
It was the second straight game in which the 6-foot-8 All-American dunked and the seventh slam of her college career. She’s now tied with former Tennessee star Candace Parker, whose two dunks in NCAA tournament play had been the most.
Destiny Williams added 18 points on 9-for-10 shooting for the top-seeded Lady Bears (37-0), who’ll play second-seeded Tennessee in the regional final on Monday night, the winner advancing to the Final Four.
Baylor, the 2005 national champion, will be seeking its third Final Four appearance and second in three years. Tennessee, which has won eight titles, will try to get to the national semifinals for the 19th time.
The Lady Bears took control with a 20-0 first-half run and never gave fourth-seeded Tech (26-9) a chance to answer back. Sharp-shooting freshman Sydney Wallace led Georgia Tech with 32 points.
Griner dominated with her scoring (13-for-18 shooting), rebounding and intimidation on defense. Then came the dunk and even the neutral fans stood and roared their approval.
A few seconds later, during a timeout, Baylor coach Kim Mulkey took Griner and the other starters out, giving the crowd another chance to salute Griner.
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