Archive for Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Brittney Griner, Baylor women crush KU, 76-37

Baylor center Brittney Griner makes a move around Kansas forward Carolyn Davis. Griner had 22 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots in the top-ranked Bears’ 76-37 rout Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Baylor center Brittney Griner makes a move around Kansas forward Carolyn Davis. Griner had 22 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots in the top-ranked Bears’ 76-37 rout Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

January 19, 2011, 8:54 p.m. Updated January 20, 2011, 1:00 a.m.


Griner dominates women's game

Allen Fieldhouse has seen some great players, but Baylor's Brittney Griner could go down as one of the most dominant to grace its court. Enlarge video

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Knocking off No. 1 Baylor — even without Brittney Griner — would have been a tough order for the Kansas University women’s basketball team.

Factor in Griner, the Bears’ 6-foot-8, sophomore phenom, and the Jayhawks had little chance at all on Wednesday night, when they were flattened, 76-37, by the top-ranked Bears at Allen Fieldhouse.

“I don’t think they came in here and left any doubt that they’re the best team in America right now,” coach Bonnie Henrickson said. “We didn’t fight them much on that, unfortunately.”

Featuring an array of low post moves, Griner scored at will in the paint and was an even bigger force on defense.

In 31 minutes, Griner racked up 22 points and 15 rebounds, blocked five shots and used her 88-inch wingspan to alter countless others.

“She’s a once-in-a-lifetime kind of player,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said.

As if Griner and her disruptive length weren’t enough to deal with, the Jayhawks faced a size disadvantage at every other position as well, making for a rough night at both ends of the floor.

Going up against the Big 12’s stingiest defensive unit, the Jayhawks found little rhythm on offense.

Mere minutes after the opening tip, the Bears (17-1 overall, 4-0 Big 12) surged to an 11-0 run. KU couldn’t come up with an answer until a layup at the 15:31 mark by Carolyn Davis.

“I thought we looked dazed,” Henrickson said. “I was shocked that we didn’t have more fire and more toughness. I was shocked.”

The Jayhawks trailed 40-14 at the half after shooting shoot only 20.8 percent and getting outrebounded, 30-10.

For the game, KU was outrebounded, 55-25, and relented 21 offensive rebounds to Baylor, six courtesy of Griner.

With Griner anchored in the paint, Davis — KU’s leading scorer and the Big 12 leader in field-goal percentage — was never a factor and finished with only two points.

“There’s a lot of post players that average 21 points a night,” Henrickson said. “But there isn’t a post in America that dictates that much on defense and limits what you can run and where you can go with the ball.”

In the face of the Baylor’s perimeter defense, led by the on-ball pressure of Odyessy Sims, no one for KU could muster much.

Freshman Keena Mays’ nine points led the Jayhawks, who shot a season-low 28.8 percent and committed 16 turnovers.

“They’re good enough to turn you over, and they can gamble in passing lanes and be overly aggressive because they’re sending you into (Griner),” Henrickson said.

And aside from worrying about defending Griner, the Jayhawks struggled to contain Baylor’s assortment of wing players, Sims in particular.

Sims, the Bears’ freshman point guard, used her combination of size and quickness to torch the Kansas backcourt for 21 points.

“Overall, the word was frustration,” junior forward Aishah Sutherland said.

KU will look to end its two-game skid Sunday when it plays host to No. 14 Oklahoma at noon.


yankeevet 7 years, 4 months ago

So KU played against some professionals here.....hummmmmm

justforfun 7 years, 4 months ago

I went to game last night, and KU looked scared as could be in first half. Defense was horrible, offense worse!!!! B Griner looked like she took the night off and hammered us for 22-15-5. She coulda had 40-25-10 if she really tried. Sorry just speaking the truth.

Guess this is why I don't go to the womens games.

BallHawk 7 years, 4 months ago

It has appeared Goodrich isn't up to par yet; Mays takes too long to make a decision and everyone wants Davis to carry them on her back. I say it's about time we get some perimeter players that make decisions and step up to the plate. Davis is triple teamed all season and has almost always found a way to pull's about time some other players step up and realize it's not the best decision to throw the ball to the girl that's triple teamed. The look on their faces seems to be one of lost drive and deflated surprise with an emotionally flat, cross-armed coach on the sidelines.

LeBo 7 years, 4 months ago

The Lady Jayhawks embrassed the uniform last night! All the cupcake-wins from the early season are not looking very good. MR. NEW AD please place and APB out on Lynette Woodard. If we are going to lose then we should have an example of what KU's women basketball is about. Maybe Tamecka Dixion would like to be an assistant coach. Angela Aycock anyone?

Dan Thalmann 7 years, 4 months ago

I honestly don't want to be mean here, but when the camera did a closeup on Griner during the KU vs. Baylor mens game, I didn't know who she was and initially thought she was maybe some football or mens basketball player who came back for a visit. (She has the same hairstyle as Baylor's QB, who the camera also focused on once during the mens game.) Her face is not very feminine featured. Her voice is bass. I'm wondering if this would be very similar to the female olympic athlete from somewhere in Africa who was accused of being a man? Again, not trying to be mean. Maybe she is just the women's version of Wilt...

Kevin Randell 7 years, 4 months ago

I have thought the same thing for the past two seasons. When I saw her last year for the first time I said.....she has an Adam's Apple! and when I saw her get into that fight with the Iowa St girl last year she punched like a man. If she isn't a man then we need to look at what "supplements" she is taking.

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