Dallas Colleges: Women's basketball
March, 31, 2013
Louisville pulled off one of the biggest upsets in NCAA tournament history Sunday night, bouncing Brittney Griner and the defending champion and No. 1 seed Baylor Bears, 82-81.
The fifth-seeded Cardinals (27-8) nearly blew a 17-point lead, but Monique Reid made two foul shots with 2.6 left to stun Baylor (34-2), which had won 32 straight games.
March, 27, 2013
Baylor senior Brittney Griner had 33 points and a career-high 22 rebounds to go with her three dunks to lead the defending champion Bears to an 85-47 win over Florida State on Tuesday to advance to the NCAA round of 16.
Griner played her final home game in front of 9,652 fans at the Ferrell Center -- including former president George W. Bush. You can read more about observations from the game here.
April, 9, 2012
An NCAA investigation of the Baylor men's and women's basketball teams has uncovered more than 1,200 impermissible phone calls and text messages that could result in sanctions against the Bears.
Read more here.
Above, watch highlights from Baylor's run through the Women's NCAA Tournament to cap off college basketball's first perfect 40-0 season.
* Watch the Lady Bears' reaction after winning the championship game here.
* Baylor coach Kim Mulkey jumped on with Mike & Mike this morning to discuss her team's accomplishment. You can watch video of her interview here or listen to the podcast here.
April, 3, 2012
By ESPN.com wire services
DENVER -- Notre Dame's trio of senior starters shrunk in the shadow of Brittney Griner.
The Irish lost the national championship for the second straight season Tuesday night, beaten by Baylor and its superstar center 80-61.
A year ago, Notre Dame let a late lead slip away in a six-point loss to Texas A&M in the title game, so they were eager for atonement. But the seniors who transformed Notre Dame's program and shook up the Big East during their careers in South Bend went out with a whimper.
Devereaux Peters was in foul trouble all night -- exactly what she said she couldn't afford to do against Griner -- and finished with seven points and three rebounds.
"Not really what you want to do the last game of your career," said Peters, who logged just 15 minutes.
Leading scorer Natalie Novosel missed all 11 of her shots, every one of them seemingly altered by Griner. Novosel scored five points, 10 below her average and 23 fewer than she had against Baylor in the WNIT final in November.
"It was just not my night," Novosel said.
Brittany Mallory, the shooting star on Notre Dame's semifinal victory against Connecticut, scored three points and injured her left shoulder on a hard fall to the floor in the final minutes.
"It's such a tough way for their career to end," Notre Dame coach Muffet McGraw said, sobbing.
Notre Dame's senior class had 117 wins, but Griner, with 26 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks, barely gave them a chance at No. 118.
The Irish hung tough for 25 minutes even as Griner was getting her buckets, boards and blocks in bunches. They had trimmed an early 14-point deficit to 42-39 when Peters picked up her fourth foul on a hard pick on Odyssey Simms and took a seat.
"It was very winnable," Novosel said. "We were lucky at halftime to only be down six. We wanted to come out and be the aggressors in the second half. That didn't happen."
Baylor, the first team ever to go 40-0, closed with a spectacular 38-22 run.
You can read the rest of the story here.
April, 2, 2012
Brittney Griner, Odyssey Sims and coach Kim Mulkey discuss what they expect when Baylor faces Notre Dame in Tuesday's national championship game.
Here's a breakdown of the game by espnW writer Charlie Creme.
Get both sides of the story about Brittney Griner's dunks. Griner and Baylor coach Kim Mulkey discuss how they help the Lady Bears, while other Final Four players and coaches give their take on the the possibility of being dunked on.
March, 28, 2012
March, 24, 2012
By ESPN.com wire services
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Brittney Griner capped a sensational performance with a two-handed dunk and Baylor stormed into the NCAA regional finals for the third straight year with an 83-68 rout of Georgia Tech on Saturday.
Griner, who finished with 35 points, 10 rebounds and six blocks, got behind the defense and threw down her slam with 6:29 left in yet another rout for the Lady Bears -- swinging briefly on the rim for good measure.
It was the second straight game in which the 6-foot-8 All-American dunked and the seventh slam of her college career. She's now tied with former Tennessee star Candace Parker, whose two dunks in NCAA tournament play had been the most.
Read more here.