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"We played against maybe the eventual national champion," UCSB coach Carlene Mitchell said. "We were outmanned, it's pretty obvious, at every position, and you have to give Baylor all the credit."
Griner scored 45 points in the Big 12 tournament against Kansas State, but in the two games since, she's scored only 25 points on 19 shots. That 86-65 victory over Kansas State was actually the closest game the Lady Bears have played this month.
Griner said she was happy to have a chance to rest for much of Sunday's game.
"I definitely enjoyed it," she said. "It was definitely fun."
Odyssey Sims didn't start Sunday in what Mulkey called a "coach's decision."
"It's a very minor thing, but I'm from the old school, and you do things right," Mulkey said. "She knows why she didn't start. It's really not a big deal. Most coaches would have looked the other way, but it's all about teaching kids lessons."
Sims contributed 10 points to Baylor's bench total. Sune Agbuke scored 11 in 12 minutes.
Then there was Palmer, who had only 16 points on the season before her last-minute 3-pointer from about 40 feet.
"She got her a good look at it, and you're just happy for her," Mulkey said. "That's probably going to make SportsCenter, huh? It won't be Brittney Griner on Baylor's team, it will be Lindsay Palmer. Good for her."
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