Sunday, February 19, 2023

Griner, Sims Rally Baylor 84-81 Over Oregon - Tourney Set

 A lucky glitch, my printer ran out of black ink as I printed new scoresheets, and for some reason it defaulted to red - which I found much easier to read.

As we continue to move from the top seeds and huge favorites down to the more competitive games, Oregon 2019 dominated most of the game against Britney Griner's 2012 Baylor team. 

As shown on their Basketball Reference team page, Oregon actually had four future WNBA players compared to two for Baylor 2012 and that played out as Sabally and Ionescu dominated the Baylor forwards and helped offset Griner in side. The two combined for 40 points and 14 rebounds, to 15 points and 9 rebounds for their counterparts to take a 42-34 lead.

At that point the other future WNBA player Sims went on an incredible run of drawing fouls on 4 straight drives and hitting her first 11 free throws, eventually causing Boley and Chavez to foul out trying to guard her as she finished with 29 points and 16 of 18 from the line.

Griner finally started to find space against the three Oregon bigs, getting 16 points and 10 rebounds, but also coming up with her third steal of the game with 16 seconds left Oregon trailing only 82-79 and looking for a game-tying three pointers. Oregon fouled Griner, she hit both free throws, and the Oregon buzzer beater was meaningless as Baylor advainces 84-81.

The top six seeds all won, so all get a buy, and the 7th through 14th seeds each now need to win two games to join the top six in the Elite 8.

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