AUSTIN, Texas — Texas' best chance at beating No. 1 Baylor and Brittany Griner barely got off the bench Sunday.
The result was another lopsided win for the Lady Bears.
Texas sophomore forward Cokie Reed was a pregame scratch from the lineup barely an hour before tipoff and senior Ashley Gayle struggled with foul trouble the entire game.
That left Baylor's 6-foot-8 Griner all kinds of room under the basket for 32 points and 13 rebounds in a 77-59 Baylor win.
Griner made 12 of her first 14 shots and tied her season high for points to keep Baylor (17-0, 4-0 Big 12) perfect on the season.
"She was pretty special today," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said.
Gayle, who scored 17 points in Texas' upset win over defending national champion Texas A&M a few days earlier, was barely a factor.
She scored 12 against Baylor but picked up three quick fouls in the first half and her fourth just 51 seconds into the second. By then, the game was all but over and Baylor pushed the lead as high as 28.
At least Gayle played.
Reed, who gives Texas the muscle the Longhorns needed to push Griner away from the basket, spent the game on the bench with her right leg in a medical boot after straining it in practice on Saturday.
The Longhorns announced an hour before the game she wouldn't play.
Griner scored 10 points in a 19-0 Baylor run in the first half that blew the game open
"All of the bodies you can get against Brittney are helpful," Texas coach Gail Goestenkors said. "It's going to be a long night when you are two posts down."
Griner and Baylor have been rolling over teams all season. The Lady Bears have allowed only two opponents, Tennessee and Connecticut, to play them within 10 points.
Griner scored 21 points, one below her season average, as Baylor built a 49-29 lead by halftime.
The performance was similar to her effort on Texas' homecourt last year, when she outscored the Longhorns 23-22 in the first half of a lopsided Baylor victory.
Baylor also got a bonus with forward Destiny Williams setting career highs with 21 points and 14 rebounds.
Williams benefited from the double teams Texas threw at Griner and found herself with several wide open shots at the basket.
"They did a really good job seeing where the double team was coming from. They got a lot of wide open baskets," Goestenkors said.
Chassidy Fussell scored 20 points to lead Texas (11-5, 1-3) which stayed in the bottom third of the conference with the loss.
The Longhorns never had a chance to match their effort of a few days earlier against No. 12 Texas A&M.
Reed's absence left Gayle and freshman Nneka Enemkapali to deal with Griner.
Both are tall, but Enemkapali looked nervous, failing to even hit the rim when a defensive switch left her with an uncontested layup in the early going.
Reed, who missed all of last season after foot surgery, has missed the past three games against Baylor, all Texas losses.
Griner shrugged off Texas' matchup problems.
"I just kept doing what I had to keep doing regardless of who was on the court," Griner said. "It's just the way the game goes."
Mulkey said Reed's absence didn't change Baylor's offensive game plan, which always starts with getting the ball to Griner.
"We didn't know Cokie was going to be out until we got over here ... (But) nothing changed for us. We're going to run our offense," Mulkey said.