While the rest of the world was waiting on pins and needles to see who would end up in the NFL Playoffs and the D.C. area was awaiting the fate of Jim Zorn, Brittney Griner was in Waco, Texas dunking twice.
You heard me right, and yes, Brittney Griner is a girl.
She dunked twice, and she did so with style. Griner became the only the second women to dunk twice during a NCAA game. The first was Candace Parker. Parker had two dunks against Army when she played for Tennessee back in March of 2005.
Now I’d like to see those men who try to tell me that women’s basketball is boring.
Like my friend Megan pointed out this story even made Deadspin and as a longtime reader and fan of Deadspin I can tell you that you don’t see much women’s college basketball news over there unless somebody got impregnated by football player or posted naked pictures of herself on facebook.
The dunking is awesome, but that aside, Griner had 26 points, eight rebound and three blocks in the game against Texas State.
Her stats get better. Brittney Griner just broke Baylor’s single season record for blocked shots. She blocked 88 shots in 14 only games! Can you even imagine what her numbers are going to look like at the end of this season?
Did I mention Brittney Griner is a true freshman? She just turned 19 in October. She is 6? 8? and she might not even be done growing yet.
Just to sweeten this whole thing Miss Griner and her team gave their coach, Kim Mulkey, her 250th career win by beating Texas State 99 -18.
Kim Mulkey understands what kind of phenomenon she is working with here.
“They say records are meant to be broken,” said Mulkey about Griner’s blocking prowess. “I’m not sure that when she finishes her four years that anyone will ever come close to her shot block record.”
I have a feeling that Brittney Griner is going to be a household name pretty soon.
Baylor’s women’s basketball team is currently ranked fifth in both the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls but I am guessing that if you looked at the tv ratings or attendance records for 2010 they will be number one.I know I will be watching.
[photo: Glenn Nelson]