NCAA Women's Tournament 2012: Baylor Will Finish Undefeated Season as Champions

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IMarch 15, 2012

SAN ANTONIO - APRIL 04:  (L-R) Caroline Doty #5, Maya Moore #23, Tiffany Hayes #3 and associate coach Chris Dailey of the Connecticut Huskies celebrate following their victory over the Baylor Bears during the Women's Final Four Semifinals at the Alamodome on April 4, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas. Connecticut defeated Baylor 70-50.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Baylor is primed to blow up the competition in the 2012 NCAA women's tournament.

Baylor University is sending just the seventh undefeated team in NCAA history to the Big Dance.

They more often than not completely annihilated their opponents during the regular season, and there isn't any reason to believe they won't do the same during the tournament.

Leading the charge will be center Brittney Griner, a national player of the year candidate. 


I’ve watched Baylor play a lot this year, and I know in the recent contests I’ve watched, I’ve seen coach Kim Mulkey over on the sideline admonishing her team with this message: 42, Kansas State coach Deb Patterson said, referring to Griner’s jersey number.

She understands that’s the best player in the country, and they get her the ball.

In the last 10 games, Griner has been a terror for opposing defenders, scoring more that 40 points twice, including a 45-point game in the Big-12 tournament this past weekend. 

She averaged 23 points a game throughout the season, and with her height, she's able to recognize double teams and pass out of them—especially to perimeter sharpshooter guard Odyssey Sims.

Sims has been hitting big shots all year long, and she'll be ready to knock 'em down when the bright lights start shining.

She and Griner helped Baylor win big during the regular season, beating their opponents by an average of 27 points per game. 

Their biggest challenge will likely be Tennessee, who, despite some rough patches throughout the year, finished strong, winning seven out of their last eight games.

Baylor won't back down, though.

Led by head coach Kim Mulkey, the Bears will stay tough and focused as they demolish the competition on their way to the 2012 National Championship.