Brittney Griner: Baylor Legend Will Key Lady Bears to Dominant Win

Ryan DavenportContributor IMarch 31, 2013

DENVER, CO - APRIL 03:  Brittney Griner #42 of the Baylor Bears celebrates late in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the National Final game of the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship at Pepsi Center on April 3, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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It's been a while since a female basketball player has taken her by sport storm the way that Brittney Griner has these past four years, as the Baylor star has thoroughly dominated her competition on a nightly basis. 

Now, as a senior, Griner is coming off her third straight season averaging at least 23 points a game and has the Lady Bears headed towards a second consecutive national title, which would truly be a fitting end to arguably the most decorated women's basketball career of all-time. 

In each of her first three seasons, Griner led Baylor to at least the Elite Eight, with one season finishing with a title and another reaching the Final Four, and there's no reason to believe that she won't continue that trend on Sunday against the No. 5 Louisville Cardinals. 

Simply put, the Lady Bears haven't even been challenged thus far, as Griner and company have marched through the first two rounds with such ease that it's looked like their opponents are from an entirely different NCAA division. 

In the Lady Bears' opening-round clash with Prairie View A&M, the game was over at halftime, as Griner's squad built a 20-point lead and cruised to a 42-point victory. 

Remarkably, in the second round, it was the same story, as Baylor put a beating on No. 8 Florida State, embarrassing the Seminoles in taking a 31-point lead at the end of the first half. 

It doesn't exactly make for compelling television, but it's reality: Brittney Griner and the Lady Bears are frankly a much more talented and polished collection of basketball players than that of any team they could possibly play until the Final Four. 

And that's not to say that Louisville is any slouch; it's just that Griner's been putting up otherworldly numbers at the tournament this year, and she hasn't even been tested yet. 

For example, during Baylor's romp over FSU, Griner put up 33 points, which is impressive in any league, regardless of gender. But to tack on 22 boards in the process in a Big Dance showdown? That's not supposed to happen. 

Louisville is certainly a decent opponent, and though the Cardinals haven't come away with a victory over a Top-25 opponent yet this season, they're without a doubt the best team the Lady Bears will have faced to this point in the tournament. 

But it doesn't matter who Baylor plays. It's Griner's last year, and she's the most physically gifted and talented player in the country; she'll put up another double-double including at least 30 points to will the Lady Bears into the Elite Eight. 

She did it as a freshman, and she did better than that as a sophomore and junior. Griner will go at least that far as a senior. 

And if her first two games of the tournament were any indication, not only will the Lady Bears repeat as national champs, they might not even break a proverbial sweat in the process.