(Sports News) Brittney Griner dominanted the game with 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks to lead Baylor to an 80-61 victory over Notre Dame in the NCAA women’s basketball championship, ending the season with a perfect first time in 40-0 record. Now that’s what I call securing her place in women’s basketball.
Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said “Brittney Griner, whether she won today or not, will go down in the history of the women’s game as, if not the greatest post player, one of the greatest, I’m so glad she has that ring now.”
Baylor has become the seventh women’s team to go through an entire season unbeaten and the first in NCAA history to win 40 games.
Notre Dame had an early 9-8 lead before Baylor took over with a 12-2 run. The Irish were down by 14 in the first half before cutting their deficit to 34-28 at the break. They got as close as 42-39 and had the ball, but the unstoppable Brittney Griner’s scored nine of the 19 points for Baylor to seal the victory. Odyssey Sims added 19 points and Destiny Williams had 12 for the Lady Bears, who outrebounded Notre Dame 46-27 and now have the third unbeaten season in women’s basketball in the last four years.
This was the second meeting between the teams this season. Baylor also won the first one, by 13 in Waco on Nov. 17th, which gave the Lady Bears the preseason WNIT title.
Notre Dame did a good job, just not good enough to take home a championship.