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It was a debut to remember. Griner had 25 points and seven rebounds to lead her team to a 68-55 win. The Lady Bears (9-1) have lost only to undefeated Tennessee this season.
The only disappointment was that Griner did not dunk.
The Houston native, who is averaging just over 18 points and eight rebounds a game, may revolutionize women’s basketball. She clearly plays above the rim and may be the first woman to do that.
Griner, who has 61 blocks in 10 games, is coached by the charismatic Kim Mulkey. She is one of the top coaches in the game and led Baylor to a National Championship in 2005.
Griner was the No. 1 high school player in the country and chose Baylor after a heated recruiting war with Texas and LSU, among others. Mulkey, never one to shun publicity notes that her star player also “never dreads it.”
Baylor is a freshman dominated team and is bringing in a star guard next season. After the UConn run ends with the graduation of Maya Moore in 2011, the Lady Bears should be the team to beat.
They have one of the best freshman classes coming into this season.
Mulkey wants Baylor to play the best and recently inked a two year contract with UConn to play home and away. Last season, the Lady Bears lost to eventual National runner-up Louisville in the Sweet 16.
They should go further this season.
NOTE: Wednesday night, Griner had the first triple-double in school history (34 points, 13 rebounds, and a Big 12 record 11 blocks) as the Lady Bears beat Oral Roberts 101-76.