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Posts Tagged ‘Lady Bears.’

Baylor’s Griner, Mulkey pick up AP Awards

 

Brittney Griner

Kim Mulkey

Baylor University Bears center Brittney Griner, who averaged 23.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 5.2 blocked shots per game this season, was named the Associated Press women’s basketball Player of the Year.

Just a junior, the Houston native is 6’8, 208-pounds, wears a men’s size 17 or 18 shoe and has a arm span of 86″.

Griner is the first Baylor player to win the award. She received 36 votes Saturday from the 40-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.

Griner’s win ended a run of three straight seasons that a Connecticut player has been player of the year, Maya Moore won the award last season.

Lady Bears head coach Kim Mulkey was selected the AP Coach of the Year.

Mulkey has guided her team to an undefeated season, and Baylor needs one more win to become the first team in NCAA history to win 40 games in a season. They’ll play Notre Dame in the women’s championship game on Tuesday night in Denver.

 

Info compiled from Baylor University, Radio & TV news

Number 1 UConn beats 2nd-ranked Baylor for 80th in a row

Maya Moore scored 30 points and Number 1 Connecticut won its 80th straight game, 65-64.

Number 2 Baylor had a chance to win the game when a shot by Odyssey Sims missed and was deemed too late as the buzzer went off beforehand.

The Huskies were ahead 44-29 early in the second half, when 6-foot-8 Baylor star Brittany Griner started to take over the game.

Maya Moore (courtesy of UConn athletics)

The Lady Bears rallied and took an eight-point lead with 6:42 remaining at 56-48.

Then Lady Huskies freshman Bria Hartley took control along with Moore and they closed the game with a 17-8 run.

Connecticut goes to 2-0 on the season. Tiffany Hayes led the Huskies in scoring with 16 points.

The Lady Bears (3-1) were led by Griner who scored 31 points and blocked nine shots.

compiled from University of Connecticut & Baylor University news