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Baylor outmatches Tennessee for win in front of record crowd

Published on December 15, 2010


Brittney Griner shoots over Kelly Cain.

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WACO, Texas – The anticipation in Waco for the matchup between No. 2 Baylor (10-1) and No. 6 Tennessee (9-2) developed over several weeks and Tuesday night the Baylor faithful showed up. The crowd set a Ferrell Center attendance record at 10,569 and watched the Lady Bears defeat the Lady Vols, 65-54.

The crowd gave opposing coach, legendary Pat Summitt a standing ovation when she was introduced during a pre-game ceremony that honored Hall of Famers in attendance: Summitt, Kim Mulkey, Leon Barmore, Sonja Hogg, Fran Garmon, Holly Warlick and Daedra Charles-Furlow.

“That was a great crowd out there,” said Mulkey. “They were here to support the Lady Bears, without question. But they were here in appreciation of Pat Summit because she means so much to all of us that love women’s basketball. I was proud that our crowd showed that kind of respect to her program.”

Baylor never trailed getting off to a 5-0 lead after a back and forth of missed shots by the freshman point guards from both teams.

Sophomore center Brittney Griner began her shot blocking early in the game with a swipe that denied sophomore Tennessee sophomore Kamiko Williams a jumper. Griner consistently deprived the Lady Vols shooting opportunities as they shied away from paint over and over again during the contest when faced with frame of the 6-8 sophomore.

Brooklyn Pope joined Griner in the blocking action throughout the game including one on 6-6 center Kelly Cain early in the first half getting the loud crowd revved up.

Griner also played to the crowd especially the Texas Bowl bound Baylor football team that took up two sections of student seating behind the basket near the Baylor bench. She waved to the players after a block on Taber Spani.

A free fan giveaway of Baylor Mulkey bobblehead dolls provided an item for the football players to hold up and wave in the air when their classmates on the floor scored or blocked shots.

Sims vs. Simmons

Texas fans looked forward to the seeing first-year starting point guards from each team go at each other. Odyssey Sims, the 2010 No. 1 ranked prep point guard from Irving faced Meighan Simmons, from Cibolo, who was ranked at No. 7 in the position.

While Simmons led her team her team with 21 points, Sims had a game and career-high 24. Simmons gave credit to Sims during the post-game pre