With the 6-foot-8 superstar and the other four starters all coming back next year, the Lady Bears will be the heavy favorite to win another title, if not go unbeaten for a second straight year.
“I wanted (the title) because this is what our team wanted, and this is what we promised coach when we got here,” said Griner.
Baylor (39-0) can become the first NCAA team to win 40 games in a season with a victory over Notre Dame in the national championship game Tuesday night.
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey has been diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, a form of facial paralysis she says won’t change her approach going into the NCAA Final Four.
For the first time since 1989, all four top seeds reached the NCAA women’s Final Four.
Brittney Griner of Baylor, Nnemkadi Ogwumike of Stanford and Skylar Diggins of Notre Dame are among the finalists for the John R. Wooden Award.
Baylor center Brittney Griner is a unanimous pick for The Associated Press’ women’s All-America team, earning the honor for the second straight season.
The Lady Bears haven’t lost since falling in the quarterfinals of last year’s tournament. They routed UC Santa Barbara on Sunday.
Sims usually works the ball up the court and makes a pass. But if opposing teams are intent on surrounding Griner with multiple defenders, the feisty point guard can just as easily make a jumper or drive to the basket herself.
Baylor is the unanimous No. 1 choice in The Associated Press final women’s college basketball poll while Princeton becomes the first Ivy League team to join the rankings, entering at No. 24.
Brittney Griner had a career-high 45 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocked shots, leading No. 1 Baylor to an 86-65 rout of Kansas State on Friday in the Big 12 tournament semifinals.
The Lady Bears (32-0) move into Friday’s semifinal against Kansas State. Against the Lady Raiders (19-13), they built a 24-point halftime lead and kept up the pressure in the second half.