No. 1 Baylor women
fend off No. 2 UConn
Brittney Griner scored 12 of 25 points in the closing run that pushed the top-ranked Baylor women’s basketball team past No. 2 Connecticut 66-61 on Sunday night at Waco, Texas.
The Lady Bears (11-0) won their second No. 1 vs. No. 2 game this season while avenging a one-point loss at Connecticut early last season, when the rankings were reversed.
Griner also had nine rebounds and nine blocked shots. She made all seven of her free throws, six of them during a game-ending 27-11 run as Baylor overcome its biggest deficit of the season. The 6-foot-8-inch Griner missed eight free throws in last year’s game against the Huskies, including some key misses down the stretch.
Also: Wyoming football coach Dave Christensen said he has agreed in principle to a new five-year contract.
Christensen and athletic director Tom Burman confirmed the agreement Saturday, the day the Cowboys were beaten by Temple 37-15 in the New Mexico Bowl at Albuquerque, N.M.
Burman said Christensen would get a substantial raise. Christensen, 50, was named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year after leading the Cowboys to a third-place finish and a 5-2 conference record. Wyoming was 8-5 overall.
Defensive end Dominic Baldwin (6 feet 6 inches, 235 pounds) of Righetti High School in Santa Maria, Calif., committed to play football at UNLV. He also visited Fresno State last weekend. Baldwin said he liked the Rebels’ “program and how the team is a family. They seem like they’re going to turn around and do good next year.”
The UNLV men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams combined for eight wins on the second day of the Winter Invitational at Buchanan Natatorium.
Cody Roberts (100-yard butterfly), Andrew Morrell (100 breaststroke) and Balint Batka (100 backstroke) won for the men’s team, as did the 200 medley relay unit. Women’s winners included Jessica Marsh (200 freestyle), Katelyne Herrington (100 butterfly), and the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relay teams.
Findlay Prep breezes
past New York squad
The Findlay Prep basketball team remained undefeated with a 120-93 victory over Redemption Christian (N.Y.) at Henderson International.
Brandon Ashley had 32 points, 18 rebounds and two blocked shots to lead the Pilots (13-0). Ashley was 12-for-16 from the field, and 8-for-8 from the foul line.
Matt Willms added 14 points, 16 rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots, and Winston Shepard had 16 points and 11 assists for Findlay.
The Pilots, ranked No. 5 nationally by rivals.com, next play in the Mike Miller Classic in Mitchell, S.D., on Dec. 29.
Also: Manchester City’s expensively assembled squad showed that it might have the character to go with its talent, beating visiting Arsenal 1-0 to stay atop the standings in the English Premier League.
Manchester United’s 2-0 win at Queens Park Rangers allowed it to stay two points behind local rival Man City.
England’s Ian Poulter won the Australian Masters, spoiling Geoff Ogilvy’s bid for a victory on his boyhood course in Melbourne, Australia.
Poulter, two strokes behind Ogilvy entering the round, closed with a 4-under 67 to finish at 15-under 269. Marcus Fraser (64) took second at 272, with Ogilvy (73) third at 273.
Lee Westwood completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Thailand Golf Championship, shooting 3-under 69 for a 22-under 266 total, seven strokes better than Masters champion Charl Schwartzel (72).