“I can only speak for my era and I didn’t see Anne Donovan, Nancy Lieberman and Ann Meyers play. But I can’t imagine they were more dominant,” former UConn star Rebecca Lobo said. “To me she’s been the most dominant player and one of the best ever. Since she ended up with just one championship that might change things a little bit on how others view her, but there isn’t a post player I’d want to play against less than her.”
Ever humble, Griner didn’t think she belonged near the top of the list.
“Not me, that’s for sure,” she said. “I don’t know, let’s see what I do in the pros, then we’ll talk about that.”
That’s the next chance we will get to see her.
The Louisville game was the last for Griner and four other Baylor seniors — post players Brooklyn Pope and Destiny Williams, along with Jordan Madden and Kimetria Hayden, the guards who arrived in Waco with Griner nearly four years ago. Coach Kim Mulkey’s Lady Bears could have a much different look without that post presence inside. They will have standout point guard Odyssey Sims back for her senior season, with Alexis Prince and Niya Johnson, who got their first experience as freshmen this season.
Replacing Griner will be impossible.
She is the second all-time scorer in women’s NCAA history, with 3,283 points. She is the top shot blocker ever, shattering both the men’s and women’s college marks with 748. She had 18 dunks; only six other women have ever dunked in a college game and the group had 15 combined.
The Lady Bears went 27-10 her first season, and made it to the Final Four before a national semifinal loss to Connecticut.
They are 106-5 since, including a 40-0 mark last season, the first in NCAA history.