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DALLAS -- Brittney Griner scored 31 points and top-ranked Baylor won its third consecutive Big 12 tournament championship, rolling past No. 23 Iowa State 75-47 Monday night.
In a matchup of the Big 12's top two seeds, the Lady Bears (32-1) and their 6-foot-8 senior star easily earned another trophy in their dominating run through the conference. Now the defending national champions can turn their attention toward the biggest prize.
Griner, already a two-time All-American, had 23 points by halftime, outscoring Iowa State by 10 on our own. Odyssey Sims added 20 points for Baylor.
Anna Prins had 20 points for the Cyclones (23-8) in their first Big 12 title game since 2007.
Along with the last three Big 12 tournament titles, Baylor has gone undefeated through the league the last two regular seasons for a 49-game conference winning streak.
BIG EAST TOURNAMENT
NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 83, NO. 16 LOUISVILLE 59
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Kayla McBride scored 17 points and Skylar Diggins added 14 to help Notre Dame beat Louisville in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.
Notre Dame advanced to the championship game for the third straight year and its seventh since joining the conference in 1995. The Fighting Irish (30-1) will play No. 3 Connecticut on Tuesday night in the championship game after the Huskies beat No. 22 Syracuse 64-51 in the other semifinal.
The top-seeded Irish extended a school record with their 25th straight victory. Only top-ranked Baylor, which handed Notre Dame its only loss this season, has a longer active winning streak.
Shoni Schimmel scored 20 points and Sara Hammond added 12 to lead the Cardinals (24-8).
NO. 3 CONNECTICUT 64, NO. 22 SYRACUSE 51
HARTFORD, Conn. -- Breanna Stewart and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each scored 14 points to lead UConn into the Big East tournament championship game with a win over Syracuse.
The Huskies (29-3) will face Notre Dame on Tuesday night for the title. The teams have met in the conference championship game six times, including the past two, and UConn has won each time.
Still, the Irish have had the Huskies' number like no other team. Notre Dame has won six of the past seven meetings since losing to the Huskies in the 2011 Big East title game and also won a thrilling triple-overtime game against the Huskies last Monday night.
Kayla Alexander scored 14 to lead the Orange (24-7).
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