Women's College Basketball

 
       === Griner leads Baylor over Notre Dame in title game rematch ===
 
 South  Bend,  IN (Sports Network)  - Brittney  Griner registered 24 points, 14
 rebounds and three blocks, as third-ranked Baylor pulled away late to deal No.
 5  Notre  Dame its  first loss, 73-61  in a rematch  of last season's national
 championship game.
 
 Odyssey Sims tallied 16 points, Brooklyn Pope had 14 and Jordan Madden chipped
 in  12  with eight  assists for  the Lady Bears  (7-1). The defending national
 champions,  who finished off  a 40-0 season with an 80-61 win over Notre Dame,
 prevailed despite turning the ball over 20 times.
 
 Skylar  Diggins,  who came into  the game averaging  14 points, was limited to
 eight  on 4-of-19 shooting for the Fighting Irish (5-1). Freshman guard Jewell
 Loyd  scored 24 points, Kayla McBride added 18, and Natalie Achonwa ended with
 11 in defeat.
 
 Diggins  canned a  jumper with 7:40 left  to tie the game at 52-52, but Baylor
 scored  the  next 10  points, finished  by a  layup from  Sims. She scored six
 during the burst, which extended until past the four-minute mark.
 
 The Irish never got closer than seven points the rest of the way.
 
 "I just took it one play at a time. I was looking to post up strong when I had
 to,"  Griner said.  "I got out of  the post sometimes so they couldn't double-
 team me that much. I was just trying to help the team."
 
 Earlier,  Loyd's 3-pointer moved the Irish to a 20-11 lead with 7:36 left, but
 Baylor later responded with a 10-0 burst. Pope's jumper capped the rally for a
 31-25 difference with 1:14 left in the half.
 
 Baylor shot nearly 56 percent, while holding Notre Dame to under 32 percent in
 the  opening  20 minutes, but the  Lady Bears netted  only a 33-27 lead at the
 break.
 
 "It's  the  beginning of December and  this is a great  game for us to play at
 home,"  Diggins said. "  It gave us a lot of confidence and we got to see that
 players  like Jewell can  step up and have the game she had. I think the issue
 is  the same  as Coach  (Muffet McGraw)  said. We  need contribution  from the
 bench, but I thought that we could have won with the team we had out there."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 12/05 23:35:27 ET

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