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April 7, 2013

Griner, McGraw win player and coach honors

NEW ORLEANS — Brittney Griner has had no equal in her stellar career at Baylor. Now she’s part of a very select group.

The 6-foot-8 senior star earned The Associated Press player of the year award for the second straight season Saturday. Notre Dame’s Muffet McGraw was selected coach of the year.

Griner is just the third player to earn the award in consecutive years, joining Seimone Augustus of LSU and Chamique Holdsclaw of Tennessee. Connecticut’s Maya Moore won it twice in a three-year span.

“Those names are pretty big; to have my name in there is an honor,” Griner said.

The three-time All-American got 37 votes from the 40-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike received two votes while Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins earned the other.

Griner helped hand McGraw’s team its only loss of the season back in early December. The Irish haven’t lost since, winning a school record 30 straight games. Not bad for a team that graduated three starters from last season.

“I think she’s one of the best players to play the game,” McGraw said. “She definitely has been a really dominating presence in every way.”

McGraw, who also won the award in 2001, received 24 votes. She did one of her best coaching jobs this season, getting the Irish back to the Final Four for a third straight season.

“She’s well deserving of the award this year with what we lost,” Diggins said. “To keep us winning like this that means a lot. She’s a great person and knows how to win and motivate her players to give their all for her. When you have someone who cares about you, you’ll do anything.”

McGraw was happy to share the award with her coaching staff and team who were in attendance for the ceremony and let out a loud cheer when she accepted it.

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