NCAA Tournament

Griner dunks as Baylor routs Georgia Tech

Baylor center Brittney Griner punctuated a 35-point performance with a second dunk in two NCAA Tournament games as the top-seeded and unbeaten Bears routed Georgia Tech 83-68 on Saturday in the Sweet 16.

Griner, a 6-foot-8 junior, got behind the Georgia Tech defense, caught a pass from Brooklyn Pope and electrified the crowd of 7,941 at Wells Fargo Arena by throwing down a two-handed dunk that gave Baylor a 77-46 lead with 6:20 play.

It was the seventh dunk of Griner’s career and her second in NCAA Tournament play, tying former Tennessee star Candace Parker for the most in the tournament. Baylor, 37-0, will meet Tennessee, 27-8, on Monday night in the Des Moines Regional championship for the right to advance to the Final Four.

“When she threw it to me, I knew I was going to dunk it,” said Griner, who had a one-hand dunk in Baylor’s 76-57 win over Florida last Tuesday. “I wanted to get a two-hand dunk, so I went up strong and just slammed it. That was probably my favorite dunk since I’ve been at Baylor.”

In addition to her 35 points, Griner had 10 rebounds, six blocked shots, two steals and two assists. Forward Destiny Williams added 18 points; guard Odyssey Sims had 11.