In a near-unheard of perfect season, one player has stood out in women’s basketball this year: Brittney Griner. And not just because she’s 6’8″.
Griner shone on the court this season, but it was the NCAA championship game on Tuesday that really brought out her star power as she drove down the court during the second half, blocking all of Notre Dame’s attempts to even up the score. All told, she ended up adding 26 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 blocks to her team’s tally for the night, bringing Baylor to the 80-61 win that clinched them a title.
Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey, who was recently diagnosed with Bell’s palsy–a paralysis of the facial muscles–said that Griner will go down in the history of women’s basketball as the “greatest post player in the game“. Mulkey made the announcement to her team before telling them that her condition wouldn’t affect how loud she could yell.
“It meant everything for us to get it for coach,” said Griner. “She felt like she wasn’t there for us, but we told her every second that we could hear her loud and clear, everything she was saying.”
Baylor hasn’t won a championship since 2005, and no NCAA team in history has gone 40-0…until now.
Fans took to Twitter to congratulate the team:
The Baylor Bears are deserving of the Nation Championship! Going 40-0 has separated them from the pack!