Brittney Griner hits the 3,000 point career mark as Baylor upends UConn in Hartford, 76-70

The game doubled asa fundraiser for the Play4Kay
The game between Baylor and UConn was also a fundraiser for the Kay Yow Foundation as part of the Play4Kay festivities. The teams had a friendly fundraising competition between their fans. Donation details. Photo: David Siegel.

Box score

In one of the most highly anticipated games of the year, No. 1 Baylor (25-1, 14-0 Big 12) defeated No. 3 Connecticut (24-2, 11-1 Big East) in front of a sold out 16,294-strong crowd at the XL Center in Hartford. In the process, Baylor center Brittney Griner entered the NCAA record book for the third time this season by amassing the 3,000th point of her career. Previously, she set records for career dunks and rebounds.

Baylor trailed by one point at the half, but tied the game at 13:32 in the second on a free throw from Griner. UConn briefly took the lead again with a three-point shot from Kelly Faris but Kimetria Hayden returned the favor to give the Lady Bears the lead again, 47-46 at 12:17. The lead changed two more times before Baylor took charge for good after another three-point shot at 9:51 from point guard Odyssey Sims.

Griner’s last shot of the game, a two-point jumper, was the milestone. She became just the eighth player in NCAA Division I history to reach 3,000 points. It was her 25th point of the night. She also pulled down nine rebounds and dished out four assists. Brooklyn Pope scored 18 points and contributed nine rebounds. Hayden added 11 points.

Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis led the Huskies with 26 points plus 15 rebounds. Bria Hartley scored 13 points along with five assists. Stefanie Dolson and Morgan Tuck added 11 points each. Dolson also grabbed eight rebounds.

Baylor returns home to face Texas on Saturday. UConn hosts Seton Hall the same day.

Team Statistics Baylor Uconn
Shooting 30-72 (.417) 29-64 (.453)
3PT Shooting 3-8 (.375) 8-24 (.333)
Free Throws 13-20 (.650) 4-4 (1.000)
Rebounds 16-35 13-38
Assists 20 19
Steals 8 3
Blocks 3 9
Turnovers 10 18
Fouls 10 16
Points in the Paint 48 26
Fast Break Points 16 13
Points Off Turnovers 22 16
Bench Points 20 11
Largest Lead 8 11
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