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No. 3 Baylor hammers KU women 86-51

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —Destiny Williams scored a career-high 21 points and Brittney Griner added 19 points, eight rebounds and five blocks to lead third-ranked Baylor to an 86-51 victory Wednesday over Kansas, sending the Bears on to the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament.

Top-seed Baylor (29-2) had a dominant first half, building a 43-19 lead at the break. The Lady Bears will meet the winner of the Kansas State-Iowa State game.

The Jayhawks (20-12) were led by Monica Engleman, who had 16 points, including four 3-pointers.

Baylor guard Melissa Jones, playing with sunglasses to protect a recent eye injury, had eight points, nine rebounds and six assists.

Jones hit her head diving for a loose ball in a win Feb. 27 at Oklahoma. She had swelling around the optic nerve in her right eye that affected her vision.

The 6-foot-8 Griner had eight points and four blocks in the first half, providing an intimidating factor in the lane that forced Kansas to mainly shoot from the perimeter.

Williams was 10 of 13 from the field, with eight rebounds and two blocks.

Kansas (20-12) had a glimmer of hope early when it took a 7-5 lead on Angel Goodrich's steal and layup. But from that point on, it was all Baylor.

Kansas coach Bonnie Henrickson tried to stem Baylor's offense with a series of first-half timeouts. But nothing could stop flow of the Lady Bears' game, which featured smothering defense, up-tempo offense and tenacious rebounding.

The Lady Bears didn't let up in the second half. They padded their lead before coach Kim Mulkey went heavily to her bench.

Baylor routed Kansas 76-37 on Jan. 19 in Lawrence.

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