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Baylor, Texas A&M advance to Big 12 women's final

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Brittney Griner set a Big 12 tournament record with a career-high 45 points, and had 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots in the Lady Bears' 86-65 rout of Kansas State in the semifinals of the Big 12 women's basketball tournament on Friday.

Griner finished 19 of 28 from the field to better her career scoring mark of 41 points, set in the Lady Bears' regular-season finale against Iowa State, and received a standing ovation from fans of both teams when she checked out of the game with just over 2 1/2 minutes remaining.

"She's an unbelievable player," Kansas State point guard Brittany Chambers said.

"It's fun to be on the court with her, I guess, now saying it. Not when it's happening."

Griner scored the opening eight points for Baylor, and at one point midway through the first half was on pace to finish with 72, which would have shattered the women's Division I record of 60 set by Long Beach State's Cindy Brown in February 1987.

The Lady Bears had surged to a comfortable 42-22 halftime advantage.

"It's our defense and, you know, we just play hard," Griner said. "That's how it turns out."

Destiny Williams also contributed 12 points and 14 rebounds for Baylor (34-0), which will play defending national champion Texas A&M today as it attempts to become the first program, men's or women's, to finish a season 40-0.

Chambers had 18 points to lead Kansas State (19-13), which has lost 14 straight to Baylor.

No. 22 Texas A&M 79, Oklahoma 66: Kelsey Bone's 16 points led the Aggies (22-9) past the Sooners (20-12) in the other semifinal game.

Skylar Collins scored 15 points, former Colleyville Heritage standout Alexia Standish 13 and Sydney Carter 10 for Texas A&M, which becomes the first school in league history with five straight appearances in the title game. Kristi Bellock's eight rebounds spearheaded a 38-27 edge.

Whitney Hand's 24 points paced OU, which shot just 38 percent. Aaryn Ellenberg added 13.

An 8-0 run by the Aggies broke a tie and put them ahead 25-17 with 8:18 left in the first half. They never trailed again.

Oklahoma closed within 49-45, but Texas A&M ripped off a 12-3 run for a 61-48 lead with 9:35 left to virtually seal it.

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