Four words: Brittney Griner. Skylar Diggins.
Last night, both women gave their respective fan bases a night to remember as they played their final home games of their collegiate careers.
It’s no secret Griner’s the most dominant player in women’s college hoops, but it’s what she did last night that may have earned her the defining title, GOAT. In a 90-68 victory over Kansas State University, Griner recorded the following stats: 50 Points, 21-28 FG, 8-10 FT, 6 Rebounds, 2 Blocks, and 1 Dunk. Not only did her impressive performance set a Big 12 Conference single-game scoring record, but she’s now ranked second on the career scoring list in Women’s Division I basketball with 3, 123 points.
If there was anything to make that night more enjoyable for Griner and Baylor Bears fans, it’s that all of this took place on her homecourt. Griner’s dunked 14 times in her collegiate career, but she last dunked at home as a freshman. Needless to say, the home crowd has waited a long time to witness that type of greatness, and Griner delivered.
If you missed last night’s performance, don’t worry, I did too, check out the highlights including Griner’s sweet spin move and dunk.
And, Skylar Diggins. Whoa, Skylar Diggins. She absolutely shined in last night’s battle against the University of Connecticut. It seems like yesterday that Geno Auriemma’s Lady Huskies were unbeatable, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Notre Dame has won six of the last seven meetings, including defeats in the NCAA national semifinals in each of the past two seasons. And the reason for Notre Dame’s dominant play has been Diggins. Entering last night’s game, she averaged 20.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 3.0 steals against UConn.
But it never comes easily, and last night was the toughest test of all. It took the Lady Irish 3OTs and 55 minutes from Diggins to finally defeat UConn. The final score was 96-87. Diggins, the heart and soul of the Lady Irish, played every minute of the game and finished with 29 Points and 11 Rebounds. The win earned Notre Dame its sixth Big East Championship. Click for highlights.
We’re two weeks away from the start of the NCAAW tournament. There’s no doubt Diggins and Griner will deliver great performances as they each try to lead their respective teams back to the NCAA Championship game in their final seasons. And if we’re lucky enough, we’ll get a Baylor/Notre Dame rematch of last year’s NCAA title game. Will Griner end her collegiate career with back-to-back championships, or will Diggins finally taste victory and win a championship of her own, something that’s eluded her two years in a row? Trust me, if you’ve never watched women’s hoops before, Diggins and Griner are two of the best reasons to finally tune in.
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