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March 28, 2013

All fun and games for Lady Bears

WACO, Texas — Brittney Griner stopped at the edge of the podium, pulled out her iPhone and made a goofy face.

Before taking a self-portrait in front of the NCAA tournament backdrop after her final home game for Baylor, when she became the first woman with three dunks in a game, the 6-foot-8 Griner had teammates Brooklyn Pope and Odyssey Sims join her with silly grins of their own.

When coach Kim Mulkey turned and saw what was going on behind her, she started laughing.

These Lady Bears are having fun and making the most of the time they have left together — less than two weeks now and only four wins away from a second consecutive national championship.

Baylor (34-1), in the NCAA round of 16 for the fourth year in a row, plays Louisville (26-8) on Sunday night in Oklahoma City.

Griner had a fitting farewell at the Ferrell Center with 33 points, a career-high 22 rebounds and that trio of impressive dunks. The last two slams came after a tweet at halftime of the 85-47 victory over Florida State on Tuesday night.

In describing how her team is playing right now, Mulkey said: ‘It’s scary good. And it’s not just Brittney.”

But Griner, one of five Lady Bears seniors, does create the most impressive highlights.

For her first dunk in the home finale, Griner caught a pass on the move from freshman Niya Johnson, took one more step without a dribble and went up for a one-handed slam. A tweet posted during halftime from Griner’s account read: “Need two more dunks on home court for the best crowd ever!”

And she delivered with two slams in a 79-second span of the second half not long before she came out of the game for good.

Griner got another pass from Johnson, waited for a defender to move past and for a one-handed dunk. Soon after that, Griner grabbed the rebound of a missed 3-pointer while surrounded by three Seminoles and had a reverse slam.

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