Griner leads No. 1 Baylor to 9-0

No. 42 center Brittney Griner attempts a shot over Milwaukee's No. 23 Angela Rodriguez and No. 25 Courtney Lindfors in the second half of Thursday's game in Waco. Baylor won, 72-41.
Tony Gutierrez | Associated Press

By The Associated Press

WACO — Brittney Griner scored 20 points, Odyssey Sims had 19 points and 11 assists and top-ranked Baylor beat Wisconsin-Milwaukee 72-41 on Thursday night for its 28th consecutive home win.

Brooklyn Pope added 18 points and 11 rebounds for Baylor (9-0). Sims had three 3-pointers and six steals with only two turnovers in 29 minutes.

Ashley Green scored 11 points for Milwaukee (2-5), which is in the midst of a five-game road trip that takes the Panthers to No. 24 Oklahoma on Sunday.

Griner and Sims teamed up on a 16-2 run for Baylor that stretched its lead to 24-9 about 13 minutes into the game. Griner scored the first six points before Sims scored 10 in a row.

The Lady Bears were up 56-19 after Griner scored eight points in a 12-1 run over the first 5 minutes of the second half.

Milwaukee had only one extended run during the game, scoring 10 consecutive points over a 4-minute span to get within 63-35 when all of the Baylor starters were already out of the game.

The Panthers shot only 28 percent (15 of 53).

Griner was 8-of-10 shooting with six rebounds in her 30 minutes. She didn’t after picking up her third foul of the game with 9 minutes left. She had three fouls in a game only one other time this season.

Griner had two blocked shots, increasing her career total to 436, 11 from breaking Courtney Paris’ Big 12 record.

The Lady Bears play St. John’s at Madison Square Garden on Sunday morning, their last game before a home game a week later against No. 2 Connecticut.