Ten games into the season Brittney Griner might not be dunking as much as we anticipated, but she is definitely living up to the hype.
Last night against Oral Roberts, the 6-8 center recorded Baylor’s first triple-double with a dominant performance; Griner put up a career-high 34 points, added 13 rebounds, and a Big-12 conference record 11 blocked shots as Baylor blew out Oral Roberts 101-76.
The Freshman phenom played 36 minutes and shot 12-20 from the floor, three of those misses came on dunk attempts.
It wasn’t all Griner though as her teammate almost had a triple-double of her own – Melissa Jones came up with 15 points, nine rebounds and nine steals.
“Those kids are big-time players,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said of Jones and Griner. “There are so many adjectives to describe these two, but I can tell you this, I’m a blessed coach.”
Griner has been named the Big-12 Freshman of the week three times, including the most recent honor on December 14th.
Earlier this season, Griner put down a drop-step slam dunk in her fourth college game, since then Griner hasn’t dunked in five games – but not from a lack of trying – Griner has come close or has missed dunk attempts at least a couple times a game.
She is averaging 18.7 points, 8.7 rebounds, and an amazing 6.1 blocks per game. Griner has a 88″ (7’4″) wing span and has already recorded four games with 8 blocks or more.
After losing their opening game to Tennessee, the Baylor Lady Bears have won nine straight and are ranked #5 in the country according to ESPN/USAToday.