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Griner, Baylor block UConn in No. 1 showdown

Dec 19, 2011 - 4:05 AM Waco, TX (Sports Network) - Brittney Griner totaled 25 points, nine rebounds and nine blocks, and No. 1 Baylor shut down No. 2 Connecticut down the stretch to earn a 66-61 victory at a sold-out Ferrell Center.

Odyssey Sims added 23 points on 7-of-11 shooting for the Lady Bears, who are off to their first 11-0 start since 2001-02.

Bria Hartley netted 25 points to lead Connecticut (9-1), which shot 29 of its 57 field goal attempts from beyond the arc.

The Huskies made 11 three-pointers, but went cold over the final eight minutes, getting outscored, 17-7.

Griner, who broke Courtney Paris' Big 12 record of 446 career blocks, scored eight points in the first 6 1/2 minutes, including back-to-back buckets to put Baylor on top, 16-8.

But UConn controlled the final six minutes of the opening half, running off 13 of 15 points to take a 34-28 lead into the break.

The Huskies, who had won 10 straight against top-five opponents, led by as many as 11 in the second half. Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored her 14th and 15th point on a jumper to give UConn a 50-39 cushion with 13:17 remaining, but the star freshman did not score the rest of the way.

Baylor scored the next 10 points, then went ahead, 55-54, on a Griner free throw with 5 1/2 minutes to play. Kelly Faris answered with two free throws with 4:50 to play on UConn's first trip to the stripe.

Terran Condrey countered with a go-ahead three-pointer, Griner scored the next two times down to keep the Lady Bears in front, and the top-ranked team held on from there to extended their home winning streak to 29.