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Griner tossed after punching opponent in face; Baylor prevails

LUBBOCK, Texas -- Brittney Griner scored 21 points before getting ejected from the game to lead Baylor (No. 15 ESPN/USA Today, No. 14 AP) past Texas Tech 69-60 on Wednesday night.

Officials tossed the freshman with 9:01 remaining after she punched Texas Tech sophomore forward Jordan Barncastle in the face.

Griner likely faces additional discipline from Baylor and the Big 12.

"There's no place for that in sports," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "It was ugly for women's basketball. It was ugly that coaches were on the court, that benches cleared, and I will take care of that with my team."

Baylor was up 55-39 when Barncastle fouled Griner while guarding her under the Lady Bears basket. As the Tech player was moving away and untangling her arm from Griner, the Baylor standout swung and landed a punch with her right hand on Barncastle's face.

Texas Tech coach Kristy Curry said Barncastle has an appointment in the morning to determine the extent of her injury.

"We're all in shock right now," she said. "It's very unfortunate. It's very sad. My only concern is Jordan Barncastle."

Barncastle was not made available to the media following the game.

She, Curry and several other Lady Raiders gathered in the arena's broadcast room after Curry finished with reporters' questions to view the incident. The replay showed Griner taking a roundhouse swing at Barncastle's face a few seconds after officials called her for a foul on Griner.

Tech (17-12, 5-10 Big 12) trailed 51-31 with 11:19 remaining but used a 14-5 run after the punch to pull within 60-55 with 3:01 left. Baylor hit 8 of 12 free throws down the stretch to seal the win, the fifth straight for the Lady Bears (22-7, 8-6).

Jordan Murphree scored 16 points to lead Texas Tech, which was outrebounded 42-26.