Dallas Brittney Griner, the dunking freshman sensation for the No. 14-ranked Baylor women’s basketball team, has been suspended for two games after throwing a punch that broke an opposing player’s nose in a Big 12 game.
Bears coach Kim Mulkey said in a statement issued late Thursday that Griner will be suspended for one game in addition to a one-game suspension mandated by NCAA rules.
Griner was automatically suspended for Baylor’s next contest, Sunday’s matchup against No. 18 Texas in Waco. Mulkey’s additional one-game suspension will force Griner to miss Baylor’s Big 12 tournament opener on March 11 or 12.
The Big 12 tournament is next week in Kansas City, Mo., and Baylor is all but guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Tournament the following week.
In the written statement from Baylor, Griner apologized to “the Lady Raider team, my teammates and coaches, the fans and the game of women’s basketball.”
On Wednesday night, she punched Texas Tech’s Jordan Barncastle in the face after the two players tangled in the second half of Baylor’s 69-60 win in Lubbock.