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Griner went 8 of 14 from the field with nine rebounds and six blocks.
Griner was called for an early charging foul and didn't score until a layup with 8:18 remaining in the first half. The Gators used a zone defense to deny her the ball inside.
Although Baylor led 26-11 at one point, Florida answered with a 9-0 run. Griner then scored six quick points for the Lady Bears -- two free throws, a putback and a shot from out near the free throw line. It was 35-26 at halftime.
Baylor hasn't lost since falling in the quarterfinals of last year's NCAA tournament. The Lady Bears will face fourth-seeded Georgia Tech in the round of 16 on Saturday in Des Moines, Iowa.
"Everybody wants to write about Griner dunking and different things like that, but Baylor is a great defensive team even aside from her blocking shots," Florida coach Amanda Butler said. "They can really make you uncomfortable."
They can also overpower teams -- and that's why Mulkey wants her star to be aggressive.
"That wasn't just a barely-over-the-rim type of dunk. That was a monster dunk," Mulkey said. "I think Brittney is so conscious of people writing good or bad about the dunk, that she's scared to get excited sometimes and celebrate a dunk, because she's been written about in a negative way. I said, `Honey, if I could dunk it, I'd do backflips down the floor.'"
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