NCAA Women: Baylor 76, Florida 57: Baylor 36-0 after 'monster dunk'

2012-03-21T00:00:00Z 2014-05-05T19:01:04Z NCAA Women: Baylor 76, Florida 57: Baylor 36-0 after 'monster dunk'The Associated Press The Associated Press
March 21, 2012 12:00 am  • 

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio - Brittney Griner took a pass from a teammate, stepped toward the basket, stretched out her right arm and slammed the ball through.

Then the Baylor star reacted in typically modest fashion.

"I think my team got fired up a little bit more than me. I got a little bit more fired up, I think, on one of the blocks I had," Griner said.

"But it definitely felt good throwing it down."

Griner became the second woman to dunk in an NCAA tournament game Tuesday night, and top-seeded Baylor rolled to a 76-57 victory over ninth-seeded Florida. The 6-foot-8-inch junior phenom went nearly 12 minutes without scoring at the beginning of the game but finished with 25 points.

The highlight was Griner's dunk early in the second half.

"That wasn't just a barely-over-the-rim type of dunk. That was a monster dunk," Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. "I think Brittney is so conscious of people writing good or bad about the dunk, that she's scared to get excited sometimes and celebrate a dunk. … I said, 'Honey, if I could dunk it, I'd do backflips down the floor.'"

Odyssey Sims added 14 points for Baylor (36-0). Azania Stewart led Florida (20-13) with 14.

Candace Parker of Tennessee dunked twice in an NCAA tournament game in 2006 against Army. Griner's dunk was her first of the season and sixth of her career. Parker holds the career record with seven.

Baylor led 35-26 at halftime, but Griner was only beginning to assert herself.

She scored eight points in the first half, including six in the final 3:56.

"It was hard to get her touches," Mulkey said.

"I go back to what I've said all along. I don't care how you guard Griner. We've seen it all. If you guard her with two and three, the other positions are going to be exposed, and we will score. If you guard her with one - you saw what happened tonight when they guarded her with one."

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