Preliminary rating up for women’s NCAA title game



BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — The preliminary television rating for the women’s NCAA basketball championship game between undefeated Baylor and Notre Dame is up from last year.

Baylor’s 80-61 victory on Tuesday night on ESPN earned a 2.6 overnight rating. That’s a 13 percent increase from last season’s Texas A&M-Notre Dame matchup.

The 6-foot-8 star Brittney Griner led Baylor with 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks against the Irish. Baylor became the first team — men’s or women’s — in NCAA history to win 40 games.

Ratings measure the percentage of homes with televisions tuned into a program. Ratings represent the country’s largest markets.