Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Baylor Women Have a Good Time in Quest to Repeat as Champions

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Baylor Women Have a Good Time in Quest to Repeat as Champions

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WACO, Texas -- Brittney Griner stopped at the edge of the podium, pulled out her iPhone and made a goofy face.

Before taking a self-portrait in front of the NCAA tournament backdrop after her final home game for Baylor, when she became the first woman with three dunks in a game, the 6-foot-8 Griner had teammates Brooklyn Pope and Odyssey Sims join her with silly grins of their own.

When coach Kim Mulkey turned and saw what was going on behind her, she started laughing.

These Lady Bears are having fun and making the most of the time they have left together -- less than two weeks now and only four wins away from a second consecutive national championship.

Baylor (34-1), in the Sweet 16 for the fourth year in a row, plays Louisville (26-8) tonight in Oklahoma City.

Griner had a fitting farewell at the Ferrell Center with 33 points, a career-high 22 rebounds and that trio of impressive dunks. The final two slams came after a tweet at halftime of the 85-47 victory against Florida State Tuesday night.

In describing how her team is playing right now, Mulkey said: 'It's scary good. And it's not just Brittney."

But Griner, one of five Lady Bears seniors, does create the most impressive highlights.

For her first dunk in the home finale, Griner caught a pass on the move from freshman Niya Johnson, took one more step without a dribble and went up for a one-handed slam. A tweet posted at halftime from Griner's account read: "Need two more dunks on home court for the best crowd ever!"

And she delivered with two slams in a 79-second span of the second half not long before she came out of the game for good.

Griner got another pass from Johnson, waited for a defender to move past and threw down a one-handed dunk. Soon after, Griner grabbed the rebound of a missed 3-pointer while surrounded by three Seminoles and had a reverse slam.

After winning the Big 12 tournament title with a 28-point win against Kansas State, the Lady Bears opened the NCAA tournament with an 82-40 win against Prairie View. The NCAA's top overall seed then scored the game's first 11 points and had a 31-point halftime lead against Florida State on the way to its 33rd consecutive win and 57th in a row at home. …

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