Updated at: 11/17/2012 10:05 PM
By OSKAR GARCIA
(AP) HONOLULU - Brittney Griner set an NCAA women’s record with her eighth career dunk to help No. 1 Baylor bounce back from its first loss in more than a season with an 82-67 victory over UT Martin on Saturday night.
Griner scored 16 of her 18 points in the first half and rested most of the second half once the Lady Bears (3-1) established firm control.
That took longer than expected for the defending national champions as the unranked Skyhawks (1-3) hung around early, using 3-pointers to try to compete against an opponent that overmatched them from the start. Baylor played without All-American point guard Odyssey Sims, who strained her hamstring early in a 71-69 loss Friday to No. 4 Stanford.
Griner passed Tennessee’s Candace Parker with her record-breaking jam less than seven minutes into the game. She broke away from a double-team, dribbled once and dunked with her right hand, getting the loudest cheer of the night from the mostly empty gym. Griner, who is one of only seven women to dunk in NCAA history, dunked four times as a freshman, once as a sophomore and twice in last season’s NCAA tournament.
Heather Butler scored 28 points and Jasmine Newsome scored 24 for UT Martin in defeat.
Baylor was looking to get back on track after Stanford ended its 42-game winning streak at the start of the Rainbow Wahine tournament in Honolulu. Baylor coach Kim Mulkey admitted after that game that her team was out of sync in the Aloha State during a trip that’s included snorkeling, surf and an unusual schedule.
Saturday night’s game was far different for the team that saw its streak end when a last-second shot from Griner bounced off the rim.
Four players scored in double digits for Baylor, which used 12 of 13 players on its roster in the game. Alexis Prince had 13 points off the bench, while Jordan Madden had 12 points and Kimetria Hayden had 11.
Jasmine Newsome at 5-foot-7 didn’t even jump for the opening tip against the 6-foot-8 Griner.
In addition to her record dunk, Griner also passed 2,500 career points in the game.
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