DES MOINES, Iowa — Baylor was cruising, the Lady Bears' reserves were waiting to check in and there seemed to be little excitement.
Then Brittney Griner got behind the Georgia Tech defense and everyone in the arena knew what could be coming.
Baylor's 6-foot-8 All-American didn't disappoint.
Griner threw down a two-handed dunk to cap a sensational performance and the Lady Bears stormed into the NCAA regional finals for the third straight year with an 83-68 victory over Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Griner, who finished with 35 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks, took a pass from Brooklyn Pope and soared in for her dunk with 6:29 left in yet another rout for the Lady Bears — swinging briefly on the rim for good measure.
"I wanted to get one in this game," said Griner, who was almost nonchalant about her crowd-pleasing play. "Brooklyn got me the ball and I just went up and slammed it."
It was the second straight game in which Griner dunked and the seventh slam of her college career. She's now tied with former Tennessee star Candace Parker, whose two dunks in NCAA tournament play had been the most.
"Even though she dunks in warm-ups all the time, in the game it's just something that automatically just gets us fired up and really excited," Baylor's Odyssey Sims said. "I think we get more excited for her than she does for herself."
Destiny Williams added 18 points on 9-for-10 shooting for the top-seeded Lady Bears (37-0), who'll play second-seeded Tennessee in the regional final on Monday night, the winner advancing to the Final Four.
Baylor, the 2005 national champion, will be seeking its third Final Four appearance and second in three years. Tennessee, which has won eight titles, will try to get to the national semifinals for the 19th time.
Though her team was hopelessly behind at the time, Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph didn't feel Griner was rubbing it in with her dunk. Heck, she thought it was cool.
"It doesn't bother me," Joseph said. "I think she's great for the game. I think it's awesome. Nobody wants to get dunked on, but how many people can actually say I coached in a game where a female basketball player dunked?"
Baylor took control with a 20-0 first-half run and never gave fourth-seeded Tech (26-9) a chance to answer. Sharp-shooting freshman Sydney Wallace led Georgia Tech with 32 points.
Griner dominated with her scoring (13-for-18 shooting), rebounding and intimidation on defense. Then came the dunk, which put Baylor up 77-46 — and even the neutral fans stood and roared their approval.
No. 2 Tennessee 84,No. 11 Kansas 73
At Des Moines, Iowa, Meighan Simmons scored 22 points off the bench and Tennessee rallied to beat Kansas and advance to its second straight regional final.
Glory Johnson added 18 points for the Lady Vols (27-8).
The Lady Vols trailed by as many as 14 in the first half, but they cut it to five by the break. Tennessee took the lead for good with a 19-9 run to open the second half, and Simmons had 16 points in the final 20 minutes. Angel Goodrich had 23 points and Aishah Sutherland 19 for Kansas (21-13), which fell to 0-3 in regional semifinals.
Duke 74, St. John's 47
At Fresno, Calif., Shay Selby took charge in the second half to finish with 18 points and seven assists, leading Duke over St. John's in the regional semifinals.
Chelsea Gray scored 13 points and Tricia Liston had 15 for the second-seeded Blue Devils (25-5) in what became a surprising rout. Duke moved within one win of its first Final Four since 2006 and will play top-seeded Stanford or No. 5 seed South Carolina on Monday night.
Selby had five points and two assists in the opening 4:55 of the second half and knocked down a 3-pointer that built Duke's lead to 49-29. She also had four steals. Da'Shena Stevens scored 19 points in her final game for No. 3 seed St. John's (24-10), which didn't have another player with more than six points.
Stanford 76, South Carolina 60
At Fresno, Calif., Nnemkadi Ogwumike scored 39 points and had 10 rebounds in top-seeded Stanford's victory over No. 5 seed South Carolina in the NCAA regional semifinal.
Now, Duke is all that stands in the way of a trip to Denver and Stanford's fifth straight Final Four.
Ogwumike shot 14 for 22 and made 11 of 12 free throws, and Toni Kokenis added 12 points and seven boards as the Cardinal (34-1) ran their school-record winning streak to 31 games with a hard-fought victory. Markeshia Grant scored 14 points and made four 3-pointers and La'Keisha Sutton had 18 for scrappy South Carolina (25-10), the No. 5 seed that hung tough in its first regional semifinals since 2002 despite a significant height disadvantage.