- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 23, 2010

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — In a game that might have marked a low for offensive ineptitude, Brittney Griner set a high for defensive prowess.

Griner blocked an NCAA tournament record 14 shots in a horrid offensive game for both teams, leading fourth-seeded Baylor to a 49-33 victory over No. 5 seed Georgetown in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Monday night.

The 6-foot-8 freshman broke the mark Pauline Jordan of UNLV set with 11 against Colorado in 1989 to help Baylor (25-9) advanced to play top-seeded Tennessee (32-2) in Saturday’s Memphis Regional semifinal. The Volunteers beat Dayton 92-64 earlier Monday.

The teams combined for 25 percent shooting and 34 turnovers, with both teams having more turnovers than made baskets.

Georgetown (26-7) missed its first 14 shots and had no answer offensively when Griner was in the game or when she was out with foul trouble. The Hoyas shot 17 percent and made fewer shots than Griner blocked, finishing 12 for 70 and matching the fifth fewest points ever scored in the tournament.

Baylor wasn’t much better offensively, shooting 38 percent, making only six baskets in the second half and committing 21 turnovers.

Baylor’s Morghan Medlock led all scorers with 11 points, adding 15 rebounds.

Griner, who was suspended for two games earlier this month for punching a Texas Tech player in the nose, made just 2 of 7 shots, missed 4 of 7 free throws and finished with seven points and six rebounds. But she controlled the game on the defensive end, blocking 13 shots in the second half. The teams combined for 10 made shots in the half.

Griner set the single-season record with 199 blocks, passing Louella Tomlinson of Saint Mary’s, who had 195 this season before being eliminated in the WNIT on Sunday.

Griner actually pitched a shutout for more than 10 minutes. Georgetown missed its first 15 shots with her in the game and needed 10:03 to score its first points with her on the court.

Georgetown was unable to hit shots from anywhere on the floor. Baylor’s defense is one of the stingiest in the nation because of the presence of Griner.

She made her presence felt early blocking a shot by Jaleesa Butler in the lane. But Griner was forced to the bench after just 6:30 after committing two offensive fouls fighting for position. Georgetown had missed all eight attempts at that point, including a layup by Sugar Rodgers to fall behind 10-0.

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