Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Baylor is 20 minutes away from the first 40-0
season in NCAA history, but the Lady Bears only lead the Notre Dame Fighting
Irish, 34-28 in the national title game after a seemingly one-sided first
The Lady Bears, carried by the Brittney Griner's nine points and eight
rebounds, own a 25-17 advantage on the glass and led by as many as 14.
Odyssey Sims has scored eight points for Baylor, which trailed 9-8 four
minutes in before scoring 12 of the next 13 points.
The Fighting Irish, playing in their second straight national final, went six
minutes without a field goal, missing seven straight shots before a jumper by
Kayla McBride and an NBA-range three-pointer by Big East Player of the Year
Skylar Diggins gave the underdogs life.
But Diggins picked up her second foul shortly thereafter, and the Lady Bears
scored nine quick points, going on top, 29-15.
Still, the Irish went on a 13-5 run over the last seven minutes despite
starting center Devereaux Peters picking up her third foul during the spurt.
Peters played just five minutes in the half.
Diggins has a team-high nine points for the Irish, who have been outscored
20-12 in the paint.
Baylor is trying to become seventh undefeated women's team to take home the
title. Its only crown came in 2005, while Notre Dame's only championship came
11 years ago.
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