Women's Tournament 2012: Brittney Griner and Stars Who Will Dominate Final Four
All four top seeds reached the Final Four in the women's NCAA tournament, proving there isn't as much depth as the men's game. The quality of play should now improve dramatically, however, since all the pretenders have been eliminated.
Let's take a look at star players who will dominate the biggest stage in women's basketball. Without them, their teams wouldn't have reached this point.
Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame)
No point guard in the nation has a more complete game than Diggins. Not only does she do a terrific job of running the Notre Dame offense as a distributor, she can also create her own opportunities to score off the dribble and plays solid defense.
The Fighting Irish have one of the most balanced attacks in the nation and it all runs through Diggins. If she had an off night, they would be doomed. Luckily those performances are few and far between for the dynamic junior.
Even with all of that pressure on her shoulders, she finds a way to control the game. That's the trademark of a superstar.
Which player will have the best Final Four?
Brittney Griner (Baylor)
Baylor has an eye-popping 38-0 overall record, mostly due to Griner's dominance in the paint. The 6'8'' junior averages more than five blocks per game and alters several more shots, keeping a bunch of points off the board every night.
The women's tournament doesn't get much attention, but if there's one player who should help drive ratings up, it's Griner. She has even thrown down a couple dunks to illustrate her tremendous athleticism. I'd expect at least one more in the Final Four.
Griner and the Lady Bears have two more tough games to complete their perfect season, but if she keeps playing at a high level, it's tough to imagine anybody stopping them.
Nnemkadi Ogwumike (Stanford)
Ogwumike, whose sister is Stanford's second-leading scorer, has developed into a star during her four years with the Cardinal. She averaged a double-double while leading the team to a 35-1 record and a spot in Denver.
Versatility is the strength of her game. She can guard any position and has added more variety to her offensive game. Ogwumike also serves as Stanford's on-court leader, which every team must have to survive the tournament journey.
It will be interesting to see how Stanford attempts to guard Griner due to its lack of size, but Ogwumike won't go down without a fight.
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