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WACO, TEXAS (AP) - Brittney Griner scored 29 points, missed a dunk and outscored Texas by herself in the first half, leading the top-ranked Lady Bears to their 20th straight victory with a 96-68 rout on Saturday.
She added 12 rounds for her 23rd career double-double and had seven blocked shots. She didn’t play the final 10 minutes of the lopsided game.
The Lady Bears (23-1, 10-0 Big 12) were in control by halftime with a 50-22 lead. Griner already had 23 points, making 8 of 9 shots and all seven free throws to go with seven rebounds and six blocks.
Texas (16-8, 5-5) had won five in a row.
Griner, who had four dunks last season, had the ball on the baseline midway through the first half. The 6-foot-8 sophomore sensation went up from basically a standing position, but the ball didn’t quite get over the rim. Griner still scored, grabbing the miss for a quick putback and a 20-12 lead.
That was one of Griner’s three rebounds in a 46-second span, and part of a 38-10 run by Baylor to end the first half after the game was tied for the only time at 12.
Griner finished 9-of-11 shooting and made all 11 of her free throws before coming out of the game with 10:25 remaining to a raucous ovation from the sellout crowd of 10,295.
Ashleigh Fontenette led Texas with 23 points and Chassidy Fussell had 11 on 4-of-17 shooting.
It is the first time the Lady Bears have won 20 consecutive games in the same season since their national championship season of 2004-05. That was part of their school-record 30-game winning streak that included the first 10 games in 2005-06.
Baylor will have a quick turnaround with a home game Monday night against sixth-ranked Texas A&M. When the teams played two weeks ago in College Station, the Lady Bears won 63-60 _ their only victory by less than 11 points. Their only loss was by one point at then-No. 1 Connecticut, the two-time defending national champion, the first week of the season.
Texas tied the game at 12 with 13:50 left in the first half when Kristen Nash made a spin move around defenders in the lane for a short basket.
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