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Brittney Griner's double-double paces Baylor in rout

WACO, Texas -- Believe it or not, Yale had some fun and a good experience against top-ranked Baylor.

And that was in a 109-59 loss.

"At Yale, we live in a really different world," Bulldogs coach Chris Gobrecht said. "So it's kind of a neat thing for us as basketball players, and that's just kind of part of our players' lives, the basketball part is just one part of their life. It's nice to step into an atmosphere that's all about women's basketball. It's so different from the life that we all live."

The Bulldogs (2-2) actually had an early four-point lead early. Baylor got off to such a sluggish start that coach Kim Mulkey removed her entire starting lineup only about 6 minutes into the game Tuesday night.

Soon after the Baylor starters got back in the game, things got out of hand pretty quickly.

Brittney Griner had 31 points and 10 rebounds, one of three Baylor players to finish with a double-double. The Lady Bears shook off their slow start and rolled, two days over their decisive win over then-No. 2 Notre Dame to clearly establish themselves as the nation's No. 1 team.

"We just couldn't get going," Mulkey said. "I thought it started on the defensive end poorly. We weren't in passing lanes like we were in the Notre Dame game, we weren't pressuring the ball."

The Lady Bears didn't practice Monday so Mulkey and her staff could go to Stillwater, Okla., to attend the memorial service for Oklahoma State head coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna, who were killed in a plane crash last week.

Baylor (5-0) now has a few days to get ready for its next game and another big test, Sunday at Tennessee (No. 7 ESPN/USA Today, No. 6 AP).

Sophomore point guard Odyssey Sims had 13 points and 13 assists against Yale for her first career double-double, along with seven steals with only two turnovers in 25 minutes. Brooklyn Pope had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Baylor, while Destiny Williams finished with 13 points.

Zenab Keita and Sarah Halejian scored 13 points apiece for Yale.

The Bulldogs led 15-11 after Alicia Seelaus and Halejian had consecutive 3-pointers in less than a minute with a layup by Griner in between.

"If we can play like that for 40 minutes, we should win every game from here on out this season," Michelle Cashen said. "For those bad stretches, we just need to learn how to stop the bleeding pretty much. I said at halftime, 'If we can play the remaining 20 minutes like we played the first 10 or 15, we have nothing to be ashamed of.' I thought we came out and went after them."

After Pope's jumper cut the deficit to a basket, Mulkey took out the starters with just over 14 minutes left.

By the time Griner and Sims returned to the game about five minutes later, the Lady Bears were still down by one but quickly took over.

"That slow start and getting taken out, coach really didn't need to say anything," Griner said. "That was enough for me to recognize that I needed to step it up and get it going."

Griner scored 10 of her points, all on layups or short jumpers, when the Lady Bears closed out the first half with a 29-5 run after the game was tied 28-all and went on to win its 52nd consecutive non-conference game at home. They were up 57-33 by halftime.

Griner's 29th career double-double, her fourth this season, came while the 6-foot-8 preseason AP All-America pick played only 23 minutes. She made 13 of 16 shots, all five free throws and had five blocks, pushing her career total to 420, only 27 from breaking the Big 12 record.

With the inside presence of Griner, Pope and Williams, the Lady Bears outrebounded Yale 52-23 and had a 74-18 scoring advantage in the paint.

"Physically, we gave away inches and pounds at every single position. Physically, it was tough," Gobrecht said. "Many times we were there and they were still scoring."