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Griner Leads Lady Bears To National Championship

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DENVER (AP) The 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner is just a giant kid at heart.

The talented Baylor junior glides around campus on her longboard (she definitely sticks out), wants to try surfing (once she learns to swim better) and can’t wait to pick up snowboarding (but promised coach Kim Mulkey she won’t until after graduation).

Griner also loves kayaking, hiking and has a craving for bacon, along with all things sweet.

“There’s so much to me that people just don’t know,” Griner said. “I’m an outdoors person. I’m adventurous, maybe reckless. I’m a thrill seeker.”

But there may be no bigger thrill than this: Winning a national title, the first at Baylor since 2005.

With her title, Griner has cemented her legacy as one of the college game’s all-time greats.

Not that she views it quite that way.

“I wanted (the title) because this is what our team wanted, and this is what we promised coach when we got here,” said Griner, who reclined in the Pepsi Center locker stall that usually belongs to Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson.

“I had nothing to do with validating what type of player I am. That was the last thing in the back of my mind.”

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