Griner and the Bears lead at halftime 34-28

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Despite being double-teamed on virtually every possession by Notre Dame’s zone defense, Baylor star Brittney Griner leads all players with 9 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocks at the break. The Bears have a 6-point halftime lead over Notre Dame in the National Championship game for women’s hoops.

Baylor has only shot 12-31 (39%) from the field, including 1-8 from beyond the arc, but have extended possessions with 11 offensive rebounds. Destiny Williams and Odyssey Sims each have 8 points for the Bears.

Sklyar Diggins is leading Notre Dame’s attack, and has matched Brittney Griner with 9 points at half. Notre Dame is 2-4 on 3-pointers, but is being beaten on the offensive glass 11-6, and has made five fewer free throws. Still, they’ve proven that they can win this game, but they’ll need to stop Baylor’s offensive rebounding if that is to happen.