NCAA Women's Tournament 2012: Baylor Will Continue to Roll Through Women's Field
Two rounds, two easy wins for Baylor.
With Brittney Griner leading the way, Baylor is now 36-0 on the season. She recently became only the second female ever to dunk in an NCAA tournament game, and she continues to be a force on both ends of the floor for Baylor.
In the Lady Bears' first-round game against UC Santa Barbara, they barely broke a sweat, eventually winning by 41 points. Needless to say, Griner got a lot of rest in the rout, playing a mere 22 minutes but still finishing with 14 points.
In their second-round game, the Lady Bears played a better Florida Gator team, but still won by 19, 76-59. Griner, a 6'8" junior, stands head and shoulders above anybody that matches up against her. To say she is a superstar in women's basketball would be an understatement.
However, her coach Kim Mulkey doesn't settle for anything less than her phenom's best effort, encouraging her to try and dunk the ball more because "[e]ven if (she) miss(es) it, it sends a message."
The Lady Bears are much improved since losing in the regional finals to Texas A&M last year. Clearly that loss has served as motivation for the team all year. Baylor's undefeated record reflects an unwillingness to take any games off or take any opponents for granted.
Looking ahead, Baylor will meet No. 4 seed Georgia Tech on Saturday. The Lady Bears played a pretty tough regular-season schedule, so they have definitely been tested. Tournament intensity, however, brings the game to another level.
Griner will start seeing every defense in the book thrown at her and her teammates as they progress to their ultimate goal of winning a national championship.
Despite the obstacles, with Griner leading the way and continuing her impressive play in the paint, the Lady Bears simply can't be beat.
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