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To find an accurate comparison, you have to go all the way back to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who went 88-2 as collegian at UCLA.
Despite being by far the most dominant player in the collegiate game and just leading her school to an undefeated 40-0 season and a national title, Brittney Griner doesn't seem to have plans on moving to the WNBA just yet. Griner, who is eligible to go pro this year as she turns 22, indicated she wasn't thinking about leaving Baylor when she spoke to the media following the national title win Tuesday night:
"Money isn't everything; money doesn't really buy happiness," she said. "I made a commitment and I gave my word. These are your best years, in college, and I'm trying to have my full experience. It was never tempting. I never really had to think or debate about it."
"Whatever Coach says, that's what I'll do," Griner said. "She's led me in the right direction at Baylor. I have to get louder on court and in practice. I'm going to do better on offensive boards. But right at the moment, I'm not thinking about next year. All I know is I'm going to be right here at Baylor."
Griner helped the Lady Bears take the national title against Notre Dame with 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks.
Perfection and history are upon the Baylor Lady Bears after they defeated Notre Dame 80-61 on Tuesday night to capture their second NCAA Championship in program history.
The win completes Baylor's undefeated season, during which Brittney Griner and company won 40 games - a Division I NCAA first.
Griner dominated the second half of action like she has dominated throughout the season, finishing with18 points in the final 20 minutes and 26 overall on the evening. She added 12 rebounds to go along with another customary impressive defensive effort in which she swatted five shots.
Notre Dame hung tough throughout much of the evening, narrowing the gap to just six points at halftime, but in the end they - like every other team on Baylor's schedule - had no answer for Griner's size and skill.
Skylar Diggans, a South Bend native and standout guard for the Irish, led her team with 20 points. Like Griner, Diggins will return next season and rank amongst the elite players in the country.
With the win, Baylor head coach Kim Mulkey takes home her second NCAA tournament crown as a head coach, and she remains the only female in NCAA history to win a Division I basketball championship as a player, assistant coach, and a head coach.
From start to finish of the 2011-2012 season, the Baylor Lady Bears ruled the landscape of women's basketball as the best team in the country.
With Tuesday night's win with everything on the line, they earned that title forever.
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The Baylor Lady Bears are half way to history, as they lead the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 34-28 at halftime of the 2012 NCAA Women's National Championship game.
The win would push Baylor to 40-0, the first time a Division I men's or women's team has ever won 40 games in a single season.
Brittney Griner has been a factor already, notching nine points, eight rebounds and two blocks. She's been helped along the way by Destiny Williams and Odyssey Sims, who have each chipped in eight points.
Skyler Diggins, Notre Dame's superb junior guard, leads the Irish with nine points.
The Irish worked hard to front Griner throughout the first half, attempting to neutralize her touches in the paint. She scored 32 points in a regular-season meeting between the two schools, which Baylor won 94-81. Points haven't come as easy yet tonight, but Baylor is just 20 minutes away from championship glory.
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Baylor enters the contest with an impeccable 39-0 record, playing against a Notre Dame team it last saw in November and beat 94-81. Another win would make the Lady Bears the first team in history to go 40-0 in a season.
Led by Brittney Griner, who went off for 32 points and 14 rebounds in that earlier game against Notre Dame, Baylor is rolling and hasn't finished in a single-digit game in over a month when the Bears dropped the Texas A&M Aggies, 69-62 on Feb. 27.
The circumstances for Notre Dame don't look great, even though the Irish have played strong as well. Here is what beat writer Brent Zwerneman said about his 79-65 outcome prediction in Baylor's favor:
"The Lady Bears would be pretty good without Griner. They're great with her and will overwhelm the Irish to take care of last year's "Unfinished Business," the team's mantra."
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After Stanford's 59-47 loss to Baylor in the national semifinals on Sunday, which made it the fifth consecutive Final Four for the Cardinal without a national championship, Stanford star Nneka Ogwumike said the team was too pre-occupied with the length of Baylor star Brittney Griner
"I think we were too worried about her," said Ogwumike. "In reality attacking her wasn't as hard as we thought it would be."
"I was definitely psyching myself out," she said. "In the second half I just started attacking. I was like, okay, this isn't that bad. I think I did a really good job of not being scared of going in there."
Ogwumike, an athletic 6'2 post who most analysts think will be the No. 1 pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft, was able to use her athleticism to score 22 points on Griner, but she needed 23 shots to do it.
While she had played against Baylor's 6'8 star in AAU ball, there's no way to prepare for the fully developed player Griner has become in college.
Stanford, despite having the second most athletic front-line in college basketball, was so intimidated by Griner's size that they double-teamed her the entire game, leaving several Bears guards wide open within 15 feet of the basket.
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After a hard-fought first half that featured several wrinkles from the Stanford coaching staff that confused the undefeated Lady Bears, Baylor pulled away in the second half of their Final Four game, winning 59-47.
With the victory, Baylor is now one game away from a perfect season at 39-0. They will meet Notre Dame in the women's national championship game on Tuesday.
Brittney Griner, the Bears star center, never got going offensively, scoring 13 points on 3-9 shooting, as the Cardinal swarmed her with two and three defenders all night.
However, that strategy eventually backfired on Stanford, as the Bears guards were able to take advantage of the wide open looks they received in the second half. Terran Cordray and Odyssey Sims caught fire, combining to score 24 points, and giving Baylor the cushion they needed to advance.
The Bears played Notre Dame earlier in the season during non-conference play, winning 94-81 in a victory on the Fighting Irish's home floor.
Thanks in part to a gimmick zone defense that has left several of Baylor's guards open for most of the first half, Stanford has battled undefeated Baylor to a draw in the first half of their Final Four game.
The Bears are up 25-23 after twenty minutes in one of the first games all season where Baylor hasn't been up comfortably throughout.
Griner, who is being swarmed by at least two players on every possession, has only 7 points on 2-5 shooting.
On the other end of the floor, the Cardinal have neutralized Griner by dragging her away from the paint with their 6'4 star Nneka Ogwumike, which has opened driving lanes for the Stanford guards.
Despite shooting only 31% from the floor, Baylor has the lead due to their edge in athleticism on the perimeter, as they've forced 4 turnovers, allowing them to score in transition.
The Bears other All-American, PG Odyssey Sims, has only 2 points on 1-5 shooting, and she'll need to get going in the second half if Baylor is going to put away an extremely feisty Stanford team, who are making their fifth consecutive trip to the Final Four.
After blowing a late second half lead and surviving a dizzying finish at regulation, Notre Dame took control of the overtime session of their Final Four game against conference rival UConn, defeating the Huskies 83-75 to advance to the national championship game on Tuesday.
With Huskies sophomore post Stefanie Dolson, who finished with 20 points and 8 rebounds on 10-16 shooting, picking up her fourth foul early in the half, Notre Dame took control.
Behind a high-scoring offensive attack keyed by Final Four veterans Natalie Novosel (20 points), Skylar Diggins (19) and Devereaux Peters (17), the Fighting Irish seemed to take the upper hand against a younger UConn team, which made their collapse in the second half all the more baffling.
The Huskies went into a full-court press, speeding up the tempo of the game and forcing repeated Notre Dame turnovers, with the two teams trading turnovers in the game's final moments.
They are making their second consecutive NCAA championship appearance, but after struggling with Dolson, they'll have their hands full against either Baylor's Brittney Griner or Stanford's Ogwumike sisters.
In the first half of the first game of the Women's Final Four in Denver, Notre Dame and UConn, two Big East powers playing their eighth game against each other in the last two years, battled to a draw.
After twenty minutes of action, the Huskies are up 36-33.
The early star was UConn's 6'5 sophomore post Stefanie Dolson. Dolson, who has battled inconsistency throughout her career, was dominant, scoring 12 points on 6-10 shooting with 5 rebounds and 1 assist.
UConn's offense was clicking throughout, as the Huskies shot 55% from the floor against the normally excellent Notre Dame defense.
Natalie Novosel and Devereaux Peters, who combined for 19 points, kept the Fighting Irish in the game until Notre Dame began making a run in the final few minutes. Skylar Diggins, their All-American PG, scored only 6 points on 4-7 shooting.
Both Diggins and Dolson have two fouls, which could be a huge story-line in the second half.
Normally when the Connecticut Lady Huskies are on the national stage, they are the headline stealers and the marquee owners of women's basketball. However, on a night when the darling of women's hoops (Skylar Diggans) faces off versus the league's greatest program (UConn), the spotlight will be on the league's best player (Brittney Griner) and best duo (Ogwumike sisters) in the game today.
The Stanford Cardinal and the Baylor Lady Bears could've been the national championship, but we'll get this treat in the national semifinal on Sunday. This should be must watch television.
Sports Illustrated's Ann Killion did a tremendous job in putting together three big keys for the Final Four matchup, check out here entire post to catch up on Notre Dame versus Connecticut as well.
1. That big kid at Baylor. Griner burst on the scene three years ago as a novelty -- a 6-foot-8 girl, with a 9-foot-2 reach. She's evolved from curiosity to crusher: she's strong, athletic and skilled. How do you stop her? Better question might be how do you score on her? That will be Stanford's biggest challenge. "They understand if your 5-7 guard goes in against Brittney Griner," VanDerveer said, "she's going to need a toothpick to pick the leather out of her teeth." Griner has blocked 199 shots this season.
2. Sisterhood of the traveling shorts. Sisters Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike -- the most lethal post duo in the country -- may be playing their last game together Sunday. Senior Nneka has led Stanford to the Final Four every season, and has gone from devastated to annoyed by her team's inability to win a national championship. Chiney was the Pac-12s defensive player of the year; she fouled out in last year's semifinal against Texas A&M and Stanford can't afford for that to happen Sunday. The sisters play with what Griner calls " that sister instinct," bringing an intuitive DNA-level connection to their court sense.
3. Pointers. Baylor is not just Griner and the four nobodies. Baylor's team is run by sophomore All-American Odyssey Sims, who is averaging 14.8 points, three steals and 4.4 assists per game. Stanford has true freshman Amber Orrange at the point. That could be the difference maker.
Baylor and Stanford face off against one another on Sunday night at 8:00 p.m. Central Time.
The 2012 NCAA Women's Tournament resumes on Sunday, with all four No. 1 seeds set to play as the Final Four gets underway in Denver, Colorado.
Two Big East teams will start the action, as the perennial powerhouse Connecticut Huskies take on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at 5:30 p.m. CT. These two teams met last year in the Final Four as well, when Notre Dame snapped Connecticut's record winning streak.
Brittney Griner and the Baylor Bears will get on the floor shortly after UConn and Notre Dame wrap up their contest. Baylor is set to take on the Stanford Cardinal at 7:30 p.m. CT. The Lady Bears will be aiming to continue their perfect season, as they're just two wins away from not only a national title, but a perfect 40-0 record.
Televised coverage for the 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament can be found on ESPN, and streaming live on ESPN3.com.
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The Lady Baylor Bears basketball team is in Denver for the Final Four and is looking to cap off an undefeated season, so it makes sense that their best player Brittney Griner was named the Associated Press player of the year:
"It's an honor," said Griner, who became the first Baylor player to win the award. "We have a great year going and for it to be the perfect season for me, we've got to win the national championship."
When Baylor star Brittney Griner lines up for the jump ball in Sunday's Final Four game with Stanford, she'll be facing a familiar rival.
The Cardinal are led by the 6'4 Nneka Ogwumike, who, like Griner, is a Houston native. The likely No. 1 pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft, Ogwumike was a year ahead of Griner in high school.
The only two unanimous selections to the AP All-American team, they faced off once before in AAU ball:
"But at the time, Brittney wasn't really Brittney yet," said the Ogwumikes' AAU coach, Rob Amboree, now an assistant at Prairie View A&M. "(Griner) was maybe 6-4 or so and still coming into her own. Nneka is a lot better now, too, so this game Sunday should be incredible."
"This is a game that people in Houston wanted to see a long time ago, when these girls were the top players in town in high school," said Cy-Fair girls basketball coach Ann Roubique, who coached the Ogwumike sisters. "And now to see it happen at the Final Four. It doesn't get much better."
But while Griner has a four-inch advantage in height, Ogwumike has her "little" sister Chiney, the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, by her side in a game that many analysts think will decide the NCAA championship.
Recently Sports Illustrated's Richard Deitsch sat down with the head coach of every final four team in the 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament, asking them what each of their teams can do the best and what they're afraid of when it comes to their upcoming game.
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey weighed in on both. First, on what her Bears can do the best of any team.
"We really, really think that we're pretty good on the defensive end of the floor. If you'll look through the history of the 12 years I've been here, that's a stat that jumps out at you about our teams because we're going to guard you. We may not always have the most talented teams but we're going to have teams that are consistent on the defensive end of the floor."
Then she weighed in on what the Bears are concerned about when they face Stanford.
"You start with their strengths and their strengths are the Ogwumike sisters [sophomore forward Chiney and senior forward Nnemkadi]. They're just so talented. And then you start with the history of the program and Tara's ability to get to a Final Four year after year. You understand how disciplined they are, how well-coached they are and how talented they are."
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All four No. 1 seeds made the Final Four in the women's tournament, but can anyone actually stop Brittney Griner and the Lady Bears from a 40-0 perfect season?
Baylor women's basketball coach Kim Mulkey has been diagnosed with Bell's palsy, the school announced in a press release Thursday:
"I noticed while we were in Des Moines last week that my tongue felt strange. Yesterday I noticed when I smiled, only the left side of my mouth was working. Also, my right eye was drooping and I couldn't hear properly out of my right ear. Our trainer, Alex Olson, examined me before practice and it was decided I needed immediate medical care. Instead of going to practice, I went to the doctor," said Mulkey.
Bell's palsy is a form of facial paralysis resulting from a problem with a cranial facial nerve that results in an inability to control facial muscles on one side of the face.
The disease is still not well understood by doctors, who have not identified any particular cause for it. However, most people who are affected are able to recover almost immediately and regain facial function, even without treatment.
If she is put through the usual regimen of aggressive steroid treatment, Mulkey should be able to coach the Lady Bears during the Final Four.
The 2012 NCAA Womens Final Four will pull off something the mens' bracket has never done - a Final Four featuring all four No. 1 seeds. Undefeated Baylor, the favorite to win it all, was joined in the Final Four Tuesday night by UConn and Notre Dame, setting up the following games in Denver, Colorado, this weekend:
Sunday, April 1: #1 UConn vs. #1 Notre Dame, 5:30 p.m. CT, ESPN
Sunday, April 1: #1 Baylor Vs. #1 Stanford, 8 p.m. CT, ESPN
The Lady Bears will return to the national semifinals for the second time in three seasons, and has a chance to make history. According to the Baylor athletics site, no team in mens or womens basketball has ever finished a season with 40 wins, a mark the Bears could reach without a loss.
For a complete 2012 NCAA Womens Basketball Tournament bracket, click here.
For more on the Baylor Bears' quest for perfection, check out Our Daily Bears, and this StoryStream.
As the Baylor Lady Bears continue to chase a perfect season, the team's leader, center Brittney Griner, was announced to be a unanimous selection to the Associated Press' All-American team, according to an Associated Press report on ESPN Dallas. Griner is on the team along with Stanford's Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins, Delaware's Elane Delle Donne and Maryland's Alyssa Thomas.
Of the honor and about the other women that were named to the team, Griner said:
"That would be a very strong team," Griner said. "I feel sorry for anyone who would have to play us."
If Griner and the Bears win the next two games, winning the championship, they would be the first NCAA history to finish a season with a 40-0 record. Griner has enjoyed the ride so far this season and she's hopeful that the season will end the right way for her and her team.
"I would never have thought it would be like this. It's amazing," Griner said. "Sometimes you forget what you've done. You don't sit back and enjoy it as you're so focused on a goal. It definitely has been a great year so far. I hope it finishes the right way, too."
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The Baylor Lady Bears won the Des Moines Region on Monday with their victory over the Tennessee Lady Vols. They'll advance to the Final Four and need one more win to make it into the national championship game.
Following their win, which ended on a bit of a sour note with the ejection of Baylor star Brittney Griner, head coach Kim Mulkey and Griner commented on the game. Mulkey talked about the team going 40-0 and making it to the Final Four.
"It wasn't a goal of ours, but now it has to be because these kids want to win a championship. I don't know about the history of the game; you have to remember, we really don't talk about the old days. We are not the first team to win 40 basketball games on the women's side. I just look at it as another number. I don't know that the kids look at it any differently. They won't look at 40 wins but they sure will remember that national championship."
Griner also took a moment to talk about the win and moving on.
"Definitely happy that we got past this game. It's not over. We got our next game, and it gets tougher as you go. We have to focus and get ready for our next game."
Baylor will certainly present a formidable opponent for their Final Four opponent, the Stanford Cardinal.
The Baylor Bears had a strong showing in both versions of the 2012 NCAA Tournament. The men's team was eliminated by the Kentucky Wildcats, but the Lady Bears are still going strong and are headed to the Final Four following their win over the Tennessee Volunteers on Monday.
Baylor took the Des Moines Region and will face off against fellow No. 1 seed the Stanford Cardinal in the Final Four. Stanford captured the Fresno Region with their 81-69 victory over Duke. The winner of Baylor vs. Stanford will advance to the national championship game.
On the other side of the bracket, there are two more games that must be played to determine the other two teams in the Final Four. Both of those games will take place on Tuesday night.
At 7:00 p.m. ET, the Kingston Region will hold its regional final, as the No. 1 Connecticut Huskies take on the No.2 Kentucky Wildcats. At 10:00 p.m. ET, the Raleigh Region bracket will draw to a close as the No. 1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish take on the No. 2 Maryland Terrapins.
Both games will be televised nationally on ESPN.
You can click here to find the full 2012 NCAA Women's Tournament bracket.
Late in Baylor's Elite Eight win over Tennessee, Brittney Griner and two of her teammates were ejected for leaving the bench area during a skirmish with just 46.8 seconds remaining.
Baylor's Odyssey Sims and Tennessee's Shekinna Stricklen had to be separated late in the game, prompting Griner, Terran Condrey and Jordan Madden to leave the bench area. No punches were thrown but each player that entered the playing court were ejected. However, the NCAA says that none of the players will be suspended for the Final Four.
Griner finished with 23 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocks against the Lady Vols, and an injury or suspension might be the only thing that can prevent the Lady Bears from achieving a perfect season. It wasn't smart of Griner to get involved in any on court incident but the crisis appears to have been averted in this instance.
The Baylor Bears are one step closer to a perfect season, cruising into the 2012 Women's Final Four with a 77-58 win over Pat Summitt and the Tennessee Lady Vols.
The Bears took a big lead in the first half and were able to keep the Lady Vols at arm's length for the remainder of the game. Baylor led 35-20 at the half before Tennessee began the second half with a 6-0 run. Odyssey Sims hit a three to stop the run and the Bears cruised home for the win.
Sims led all scorers with 27 points on 9-21 shooting. Brittney Griner narrowly missed out on a triple-double finishing with 23 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocks. Kimetria Hayden added 18 points for the Bears.
Glory Johnson led the Lady Vols with 21 points and Shekinna Stricklen added 20 in the loss.
Brittney Griner hasn't managed her usual output in the scoring column, but she and her Lady Bear teammates are in control halfway through their Elite Eight contest with Tennessee, up 35-20 through 20 minutes.
Despite scoring just eight points on 3-10 shooting, Griner has made her presence felt, grabbing eight rebounds and blocking seven shots.
She catalyzed a dominant defensive effort from Baylor, which held Tennessee to just 21.6 percent shooting and 1-9 shooting from beyond the three-point line.
Kimetra Hayden and Odyssey Sims each scored in double figures for the Bears, combining for 23 points and leading the way on the offensive end.
The winner of tonight's contest will advance to the Final Four, to be played in Denver starting next Sunday.
With tip time just over an hour away, let's take a look at some of the chatter leading up to the highly-anticiapted Elite 8 matchup between the undefeated Baylor Lady Bears and the Tennessee Lady Volunteers.
Over at ESPN, six experts weighed in with picks for tonight's regional final matchup, and it was a clean sweep for the Lady Bears to advance to the Final Four.
Meanwhile, Sports Illustrated's Ann Killion has an intriguing piece about Brittney Griner, the Lady Bears dominating center, and mentions this could be Pat Summitt's last game on the bench at the University of Tennessee.
Rivals.com has another preview of the game that focuses on Summitt's future, which has remained one the most compelling story lines throughout this season.
The winner of Monday night's matchup will head to Denver for the Final Four, which begins on Sunday.
The Baylor Lady Bears kept their undefeated record intact as they easily defeated the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 83-68 to move on to the Elite Eight. Being 37-0 at this point is a big deal, but the big news of the game was Baylor's Brittney Griner who dunked for the second time in two games. This time she threw down a two-hander:
The Baylor Lady Bears continue their pursuit of perfection on Saturday, as the Sweet 16 gets underway in the 2012 Women's NCAA basketball tournament. Brittney Griner and the top-seeded Lady Bears will be taking on the fourth-seeded Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.
The Lady Bears have breezed through the first two rounds of the tournament so far, defeating UC Santa Barbara 81-40 in the opening round, before trouncing Florida 76-57 in the Round of 32. The test begins now for the Lady Bears, as they take on a top 25 team in Georgia Tech -- who are also the No. 4 seed in the region.
Tip off between Baylor and Georgia Tech is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. CT. Televised coverage can be found on ESPN, and Baylor fans can watch the game online at ESPN3.com.
For more on the Baylor Lady Bears and their pursuit of perfection, be sure to check out Our Daily Bears.
A perfect season is one of the toughest things to chase in collegiate or professional sports, but the Baylor Lady Bears will be taking another step toward that goal on Saturday, as top-seeded Baylor is set to take on fourth-seeded Georgia Tech in the Sweet 16.
Baylor, through the first two rounds of the tournament, is a remarkable 36-0, and is the heavy favorite to win this year's 2012 Women's NCAA tournament. The Lady Bears are just one of eight teams to play on Saturday -- and they'll know their potential Elite 8 foe before they even take the court on Saturday.
This year's Cinderella story, Kansas, takes on the traditional women's basketball powerhouse Tennessee Lady Vols at 11:04 p.m. CT. Baylor and Georgia Tech will tip-off at 1 p.m. CT, following the Tennessee and Kansas game.
Women's basketball fans will then have to wait a long time before the second set of games on Saturday, as St. John's and Duke aren't set to tip-off until 8:04 p.m. CT. Night owls, though, will be happy to know that Stanford and South Carolina tip off at 10:32 p.m. CT.
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According to Big12Sports.com, two Baylor Bears women, Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims, are finalists for the Wade Trophy, which is awarded to the nation's most outstanding NCAA Division 1 women's basketball player. There are 12 finalists in all and Delaware's Elena Delle Donne, Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins, Miami's Shenise Johnson and DePaul's Anna Martin are included in the other 10 women nominated for the award.
The candidates were selected by a vote of committee members composed of leading basketball coaches, journalists and administrators. The committee will select the winner of The State Farm Wade Trophy from the 10-member NCAA Division I State Farm Coaches' All-America Team. The winner will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 5 p.m. MT Monday, April 2, in Denver. The event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women's Final Four®.
Griner and Sims helped lead the Lady Bears to a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament and have helped them to an undefeated 36-0 on their road to a perfect season in 2012.
Brittney Griner became the second woman to ever dunk a basketball in an NCAA Tournament game while scoring 25 points to help lead the Bears past Florida 76-57. Griner scored 25 points in the win to lead the Bears despite being held scoreless for nearly 12 minutes to start the game.
The Baylor Bears women's basketball team leads the Florida Gators women's team by a score of 35-26 at half time in the second round of NCAA women's tournament. So far, Baylor is on their way to keeping their perfect record against the Gators as they came into the game with a 35-0 record, while Florida came into the game with a 20-12 record.
The Bears were led by a trio of players. Destiny Williams, Brittney Griner and Kimetria Hayden all chipped in eight points against Florida in the first half, while Odyssey Sims chipped in five and Jordan Madden added four to round out the starting lineup. The Gators were led by Azania Stewart, who also scored eight points, while the rest of the starting lineup maxed out at two points. Andrea Aragones came off the bench to add six points and Deana Allen chipped in four.
The winner of this game will move on to the Sweet Sixteen where they will face the winner between Georgetown and Georgia Tech.
Florida has made it no secret that the challenge of knocking off the best team in the nation is something they look forward to. Actually, Florida's Azania Stewart doesn't at all seem overly-impressed with Baylor's Brittney Griner.
"I've played overseas against Olympians who are just as big and just as skilled as her," Stewart said. "I've had experience against players like that, so I'm confident and ready."
The Gators' aggressive defense and physicality surprised Ohio State in the opening round, which led to a Florida victory. But the Bears have been welcoming their opponents' heaviest punch all season.
"We want everyone's best shot," Baylor forward Destiny Williams said. "It only helps us personally to be a better team and help us with the things we need to work on."
Tipoff: 6:05 pm CST Tuesday, Mar 20
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Undefeated Baylor rolled over UC Santa Barbara 81-40 in the first round of the 2012 NCAA Women's Tournament. The Bears improve to 35-0 on the season and will take on Florida in the second-round on Tuesday.
Brittney Griner led the Bears with 14 points while Brooklyn Pope added 13. Destiny Williams hit all five of her field goal attempts for 12 points. Sune Agbuke and Odyssey Sims also finished in double figures with 11 and 10 points respectively.
Emilie Johnson scored 10 points to lead the Gauchos while Kirsten Tilleman added eight. UC Santa Barbara shot just 27 percent from the field in the game and were just 2-15 from three point range.
Baylor built up a 36-27 rebounding advantage and was 23-36 from the free throw line while the Gauchos were just 6-7 in the game.
If you've followed the Baylor Lady Bears at all this year, you shouldn't be surprised. If you just look at the records of Baylor and UC Santa Barbara, you shouldn't be surprised. The Lady Bears, who are a perfect 34-0 this year so far, lead UC Santa Barbara 46-16 at halftime in the opening round of the 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament.
Destiny Williams is leading the offensive assault for the Lady Bears, with 12 points at the half. Williams has also added five rebounds, making her on pace for a double-double.
Brittney Griner, meanwhile, is five-of-eight shooting for 10 points so far. Griner has also added three rebounds, two blocks and an assist in the dominating first half effort.
For the Gauchos of Santa Barbara, Emilie Johnson leads the way with seven points, while Kirsten Tilleman isn't far behind with six. Only four players on UC Santa Barbara even scored in the first half of play.
For more on the Lady Bears, and all things Baylor, be sure to check out Our Daily Bears.
Unfortunately for the University of Texas, the women's Longhorns went down just like the men's did -- with a first round exit in the NCAA tournament. Texas fell to West Virginia on Saturday, losing 68-55 to their soon-to-be conference foe.
The ninth-seeded Longhorns trailed by 13 at the half, and could only muster 18 first half points, eerily similar to the men's team that scored just 17 in the first half against Cincinnati.
Texas had no answer for Taylor Palmer in the second half, as she scored 13 of her 18 points in the second half, helping to thwart any type of Longhorns comeback. Palmer also added five rebounds and three assists.
Texas shot just 28% from the field, connecting on just 19-of-68 shots. West Virginia, meanwhile, were 24-of-50 from the field, good for 48%.
Ashley Gayle led the Longhorns in the losing effort in both scoring and rebounds, scoring 11 points and adding 10 rebounds.
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The Baylor Bears will begin their quest for an undefeated season and a 2012 Women's NCAA Tournament Championship on Sunday when they take on UC Santa Barbara in first-round action. Tip off is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. ET and can be seen nationally on ESPN2.
Here is the full lineup for all of the action that will be taking place on Sunday.
Des Moines Region:
No. 8 Ohio St. vs. No. 9 Florida - 12:15 p.m.
No. 5 Georgetown vs. No. 12 Fresno St. - 12:20 p.m.
No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 16 UCSB - 2:45 p.m.
No. 4 Georgia Tech vs. No. 13 Sacred Heart - 2:50 p.m.
No. 3 Delaware vs. No. 14 Little Rock - 5:20 p.m.
No. 6 Nebraska vs. No. 11 Kansas - 7:50 p.m.
No. 4 Georgia vs. No. 13 Marist - 12:05 p.m.
No. 8 Cal vs. No. 9 Iowa - 12:10 p.m.
No. 5 St. Bonaventure vs. No. 12 Florida Gulf Coast University - 2:35 p.m.
No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 16 Liberty - 2:40 p.m.
No. 3 St. John's vs. No. 14 Creighton - 5:05 p.m.
No. 7 Vanderbilt vs. No. 10 Middle Tennessee - 5:10 p.m.
No. 6 Oklahoma vs. No. 11 Michigan - 7:35 p.m.
No. 2 Duke vs. No. 15 Samford - 7:40 p.m.
No. 4 Penn St. vs. No. 13 UTEP - 5:15 p.m.
No. 5 LSU vs. No. 12 San Diego St. - 7:45 p.m.
You can click here to find the full 2012 NCAA Women's Tournament Bracket.
The defending national champion Texas A&M Aggies will be along the teams in action when the 2012 NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament begins Saturday.
Texas A&M, seeded third in the Raleigh Regional, will face No. 14 seed Albany at 5:30 in College Station. If the Aggies can see off the Great Danes, they will face the winner of the game between sixth-seeded Arkansas and eleventh-seeded Dayton. That game will begin at 3:05 p.m.
Also kicking off their tournament campaign on Saturday is the Fresno Region's No. 9 seed, Texas. The Lady Longhorns will play No. 8 seed West Virginia in Norfolk, Virginia in a game set to tip off at 10:10 a.m. If Texas wins, it will play the winner of the game between No. 1 Stanford and No. 16 Hampton.
The full schedule of Saturday's games is below.
10:05 AM (12) Eastern Michigan vs. (5) South Carolina --Fresno Region
10:10 AM (9) Texas vs. (8) West Virginia --Fresno Region
10:15 AM (15) Navy vs. (2) Maryland -- Raleigh Region
10:20 AM (9) Princeton vs. (8) Kansas State --Kingston Region
12:30 PM (16) Hampton vs. (1) Stanford--Fresno Region
12:30 PM (16) Prairie View A&M vs. (1) Connecticut--Kingston Region
12:30 PM (10) Michigan State vs. (7) Louisville -- Raleigh Region
12:30 PM (13) South Dakota State vs. (4) Purdue--Fresno Region
3:05 PM (11) Dayton vs. (6) Arkansas -- Raleigh Region
3:10 PM (15) Tennessee-Martin vs. (2) Tennessee--Des Moines Region
3:15 PM (11) Gonzaga vs. (6) Rutgers -- Kingston Region
3:20 PM (15) McNeese State vs. (2) Kentucky -- Kingston Region
5:30 PM (10) Brigham Young vs. (7) DePaul--Des Moines Region
5:30 PM (10) Iowa State vs. (7) Green Bay Kingston Region
5:30 PM (14) Albany vs. (3) Texas A&M -- Raleigh Region
5:30 PM (14) Idaho State vs. (3) Miami (FL) -- Kingston Region
Not surprisingly, the Baylor Lady Bears earned the top seed in the 2012 NCAA Women's Tournament after completing the regular season undefeated with a 34-0 record. Other schools earning No. 1 seeds include UConn, Notre Dame and Stanford.
Big West Tournament champ UC Santa Barbara is the lucky recipient of a matchup with Baylor in the first round of the tournament. The Gauchos finished with a 17-15 record and 8-8 in the Big West before storming through the conference tournament. UC Santa Barbara defeated Long Beach State in the Big West Finals 63-54.
The Texas Longhorns earn a No. 9 seed with a 18-13 regular season record Nd will take on No. 8 seed West Virginia in the first round. Texas lost in the first round of the Big 12 tournament to Texas Tech 81-58. West Virginia went 23-9 in the Big East and lost in the conference semifinals to Notre Dame.
The field for the Women's 2012 NCAA tournament is set to be announced on Monday evening as ESPN bracketologist Charlie Creme is predicting that the four No. 1 seeds in each region will be the Baylor Lady Bears (34-0), Stanford Cardinal (28-1), Notre Dame Fighting Irish (29-2) and UConn Lady Huskies (27-4).
Interestingly enough, the No. 2 seed that is projected to play in Baylor's region is the Tennessee Lady Volunteers. The Lady Vols head coach has won 8 national championships and the team captured their third consecutive tourney crown with Sunday's win over LSU in Nashville. Could Baylor and Tennessee clash in the elite eight?
Creme also has the Texas Longhorns in the tournament, placing as a No. 11 seed and are recognized as potentially being one of the last four teams selected into the tournament. If Texas keeps their No. 11 seed, they will be seeded in the same spot as their male counterparts in the 2012 tournament.
When: Monday, 7 p.m. EST
The Baylor Lady Bears are just six wins away from completing a perfect 40-0 season. Can Brittney Griner keep up her torrid pace and lead the team to the promised land?
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