Baylor's Brittney Griner Scores Big 12-Record 50 Points vs. Kansas State
It was close, but the Kansas State Lady Wildcats eventually pulled away, knocking off Brittney Griner, 68-50, Monday night.
Unfortunately for those Wildcats, Griner's teammates pitched in another 40, capping off the superstar's epic night with a 90-68 win for Baylor in Waco, Texas.
Her box score verged on comedic. In 38 minutes, the 6'8" senior went 21-of-28 from the field and 8-of-10 from the line en route to 50 points. She also chipped in six rebounds, two assists and two blocks, as top-ranked Baylor finished the regular season at 29-1 overall and 18-0 in the Big 12, their second consecutive undefeated conference title.
Griner continued her assault on the record books with the unbelievable performance, as illustrated by ESPN Stats & Info:
Brittney Griner (Baylor): Big 12-record 50 pts... joins Nate Wolters as only players to score 50 in a Div I men's/women's game this season— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 5, 2013
Brittney Griner now ranks 2nd in Division I women's basketball history with 3,123 points, trailing only Jackie Stiles (3,393)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 5, 2013
There's simply no woman on the planet at this level who can stop the Lady Bears star.
Griner saw double-, triple- and even quadruple-teams from Kansas State, but with the 6'8" dominant specimen literally towering above everyone else, there was seriously no way to slow her down.
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The 50-point effort in Griner's final collegiate regular-season game is a storybook ending for a truly marvelous career.
"It means everything to just go out with a bang like that," Griner said. "Got a dunk finally at home, scored 50. I mean there's not a better way to go out."
Last season, Griner averaged 23.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 5.2 blocks to lead the Bears to a national championship. Before Monday night's outing, she was averaging another 22.3 points (fourth in the nation), 9.0 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 4.1 blocks (second in the nation).
With performances like this, which further cement her status as the best women's college basketball player of all time, a repeat national championship looks inevitable for No. 1 Baylor.
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