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Griner, Baylor dominate K-State in Big 12 quarters

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SCHUYLER DIXON | March 9, 2013 05:12 PM EST | AP

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DALLAS — Brittney Griner had 19 points, 13 rebounds and a career best nine assists, and No. 1 Baylor built a quick 25-point lead in an 80-47 victory against Kansas State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 women's tournament Saturday.

Griner's effort came five days after she scored a Big 12-record 50 points in a win over the Wildcats in her final regular season home game.

Kansas State (15-17) was within three points well into the second half of last weekend's loss in Waco, but this time the Wildcats were down 21-3 just 7 minutes in when coach Deb Patterson called her third timeout.

Destiny Williams had 20 points to lead the Lady Bears (30-1), who clinched their third straight season with at least 30 wins.

Brittany Chambers led Kansas State with 21 points.

Patterson ended up using all four 30-second timeouts in the first 11 minutes, the last when Odyssey Sims hit a short jumper after a turnover for a 31-6 lead.

All of Chambers' points came in the second half with the outcome already decided. The Wildcats' leading scorer was 0 of 6 from the field before halftime.

The Wildcats didn't have a two-point basket before halftime, when Baylor led 45-18 after outscoring Kansas State 30-0 in the paint. Kansas State had five 3-pointers while going 0 of 9 from inside the arc in the first half. The Wildcats shot 29 percent for the game, and 12 of their 16 baskets were from long range.

The Lady Bears repeatedly got easy buckets inside and out while shooting 68 percent in the first half and 58 for the game.

When Griner wasn't scoring herself, she was finding Williams and others. Five Baylor players scored at least eight, and Griner had almost as many assists (seven) as points (eight) before halftime, even though coach Kim Mulkey at one point implored her to "score first, pass second."

Kansas State tried to challenge Griner a few times early, but that just meant she had three blocks over a 3-minute stretch. The Wildcats finally got their first two-point basket on a layup by Brittany Chambers with 16 minutes left in the game.

Sims limped around for part of the first half, eventually leaving the game and taking off her left shoe on the bench. She returned a few minutes later and was the third double-figure scorer with 10 points. She also had seven assists.

The Wildcats had two shot-clock violations in the first 6 minutes, including one after Griner emphatically stuffed a layup attempt on a drive by Chambers.

About the only noise coming from the Kansas State bench was a loud countdown each time the shot clock was about to expire. When those possessions didn't end in violations, the Wildcats were throwing up wild shots that had little chance to go in.