By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Basketball Writer
WACO, Texas (AP) - Brittney Griner scored the first six points of the game and third-ranked Baylor had the first 17, extending its home winning streak to 45 in a row with a 76-53 victory over 10th-ranked Tennessee on Tuesday night.
Griner finished with 17 points and 12 rebounds, her third consecutive double-double and 47th of her career. Brooklyn Pope had 11 points 16 rebounds.
Griner, the 6-foot-8 2-time All-American, had 9 of Baylor's first 11 points less than 4 minutes into the game. The Lady Bears (9-1) won their seventh in a row since losing to top-ranked Stanford a week into the season.
Tennessee (7-2) had won seven in a row, including four games against Top 25 teams, since opening its first season under new head coach Holly Warlick by losing at Tennessee-Chattanooga.
The teams honored the victims of the Connecticut mass shooting with green and white T-shirts representing the colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School.
Moments before the top 10 matchup, players for both teams came out for pregame warmups wearing T-shirts that had the letters S.H.E.S. and the words "We will remember" along with the picture of a ribbon. Third-ranked Baylor had green shirts and white lettering, and 10th-ranked Tennessee wore white shirts and green lettering.
There was a moment of silence before the game for the victims, including 20 students and six adults at the school, and families affected by the tragedy Friday in Newtown, Conn.
Coaches from both teams were wearing green and white ribbons. The non-starters wore the T-shirts on the bench.
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