8:30 PM ET, April 3, 2012
Brittney Griner's 26 and 13 lead Baylor to NCAA's first 40-win season
DENVER -- Brittney Griner took the Baylor Lady Bears to new heights.Blocking layups, snagging rebounds, hitting shots over two and three helpless defenders, all season long she towered over the competition.That left Griner with just one more task Tuesday night -- cutting down the nets.
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The defense of Brittney Griner and Anthony Davis were major reasons their teams won national championships with Griner seeming to have the bigger impact during her team's tournament march.
|Pct. of opp. 2pt
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||22-62 (.355)||29-58 (.500)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-13 (.385)||4-11 (.364)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-16 (.750)||18-21 (.857)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||19 (0/0)||13 (0/0)|
Baylor averaged 1.90 points per possession when Brittney Griner got a touch in the low post against Notre Dame. Ten of Griner's 11 made field goals came from the low post, and Baylor was not nearly as effective when Griner got a touch farther away from the basket.[+]
Baylor Offense by Brittney Griner Touch Location
Baylor blew open a 6-point halftime lead by shooting 63 percent in the second half and more than doubling up Notre Dame on the glass.[+]
Women's Basketball Championship Game - 2nd Half
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