"I know when we lock eyes, she's great at passing the ball to me over the defenders," Griner said. "So I just took off running and looked at her, and gave her that look like, 'All right, I'm ready.' And she gave it to me."
That led to a go-ahead layup with 3 minutes left, the first of three consecutive baskets by Griner late that put the Lady Bears ahead to stay. And they survived another close call against fifth-ranked Texas A&M with a 67-58 victory Monday night.
"It was kind of unexpected, because she was running the floor pretty dang good," said Sims, the freshman point guard who got the ball quickly after Kimetria Hayden rebounded a Texas A&M miss. "I saw her open and gave it to her."
Griner scored 23 of her 26 points after halftime for the Lady Bears (24-1, 11-0 Big 12) in their 21st consecutive victory. That includes nine consecutive wins over Top 25 teams, three of them in the Top 10, since a one-point loss at then-No. 1 and two-time defending national champion Connecticut.
Only two of Baylor's wins this season have been by less than 11 points, and both of those have come in the past 16 days against the Aggies (21-3, 9-2). Texas A&M lost 63-60 at home to the Lady Bears on Jan. 30.
"We grew up. We hit some adversity and figured out a way to win," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "It was just a very good basketball game."
After Griner's go-ahead basket, Big 12 scoring leader Danielle Adams missed for A&M and Griner scored again. Griner then scored another inside basket after a turnover by the Aggies.
"The nation got to see a number one and five team in the country. They played like it. We did everything right until the last 3 1/2 minutes, and they did everything right probably the last 10 minutes of the game," Aggies coach Gary Blair said. "They did a great job of getting the ball down to Griner and she finished."
Adams, coming off an A&M-record 40 points Saturday against Kansas, had a season-low nine points on 5-of-16 shooting. She came into the game averaging 23.7 points, just more than Griner's 22.4 average.
Griner, the preseason AP All-American, came up big when it counted most in a game matching the Big 12's top two teams, adding 11 rebounds for her 24th career double-double.
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