March 24, 2012 by staff
Brittany Griner, Baylor women’s basketball star Brittney Griner put the exclamation point on a trip to the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight with a two-handed dunk Saturday in the second half an 83-68 victory against Georgia Tech. The dunk by Baylor’s Brittney Griner punctuated a 35-point day.
Griner, a 6-8 junior, sprinted behind the defense to deliver a dunk that brought the crowd at Wells Fargo Arena to its feet. Baylor, with the game well in hand, had substitutes at the scorer’s table when Griner swung from the rim after the dunk – which ended her game with 35 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks.
The dunk, with 6 minutes, 27 seconds left, was the seventh of Griner’s career – and second in the tournament. Griner became the second woman to dunk in the NCAA Tournament – following Tennessee’s Candace Parker against Army in 2006 – in a win vs. Florida.
The dunk ties Griner and Parker for the most in a career for a woman, with seven.
Destiny Williams added 18 points on 9-for-10 shooting for the top-seeded Lady Bears (37-0), who’ll play second-seeded Tennessee in the regional final on Monday night, the winner advancing to the Final Four.
Baylor, the 2005 national champion, will be seeking its third Final Four appearance and second in three years. Tennessee, which has won eight titles, will try to get to the national semifinals for the 19th time.
The Lady Bears took control with a 20-0 first-half run and never gave fourth-seeded Tech (26-9) a chance to answer back. Sharpshooting freshman Sydney Wallace led Georgia Tech with 32 points.
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