Brittney Griner’s pregame dunks hold court.
She’s the lone Sequoia in a land filled with oak trees. In four years, Brittney Griner has dominated college basketball like very few have. People will debate forever whether Griner or USC’s Cheryl Miller is the best ever. Griner’s dominance in a sport at the height of it’s popularity comes at a time where she can write her own ticket to super stardom.
I woke up to learn Baylor’s Brittney Griner had dropped half-a-man on the Kansas State Lady Wildcats. The reigning Player of the Year was 21-28 from the floor in the Lady Bears 90-68 victory. It was her last collegiate home game in a remarkable career. A 50-point effort by Griner was probably the only milestone missing from a career decorated like a Christmas tree in Rockefeller Square. No matter how many ferocious blocks or jump hooks we take in, Grinder’s astonishing dominance in the paint never gets old.
The night was special for Baylor fans, especially since most of Griner’s signature moments have taken place on the road or in neutral venues. Griner treated the fans to a rare dunk — something not seen in a home game since her freshman year. The huge scoring night also moved Griner into second place all-time among women players. Griner’s 3,123 points moves her behind Jackie Stiles — who has 3,393 career points. Griner is sixth among all college players in career scoring and is the all-time leader in blocked shots. She also has 14 career dunks and is the Big 12’s all-time leader in three-point plays.
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The stuff of legend.
No. 14 came when Griner caught the ball on the left block and spun with a drop step reminiscent of the days when back-to-the basket players ruled the lane. With no dribble, hesitation or fear, Griner rolled past her defender for a violent one-handed dunk.
The play exemplified Griner’s collegiate career — making deliberate moves and going through whatever is around the corner.
Leaving those who continue to criticize and judge in her wake.