Brittney Griner stands tall above the crowd
At 6-foot-8, Baylor's Brittney Griner is not only the tallest player in the women's tournament, she's also playing for one of the top seeds.
The top-seeded Bears' sophomore not only has an incredible impact for Baylor, from blocking shots in the paint to harassing outside shots, but it's also noteworthy to compare her to other women in the tournament -- she's a foot taller than the 5-8 average height of the players -- and to men as well. Proportionally, she would be two inches taller than Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, who's 7-6.
So who are some of the tallest players after Griner? Xavier has a 6-6 senior, Ta'Shia Phillips, who led the Musketeers with 27 points in the victory over South Dakota State, as well as 6-5 senior Amber Harris, who added 16 points and 12 rebounds. Duke has 6-5 Krystal Thomas, who had eight points and four rebounds in the victory Saturday over Tennessee-Martin. Georgia Tech's Sasha Goodlett, who checks in at 6-5, had 19 points in the Yellow Jackets' victory over Bowling Green.
Among the other top seeds, the tallest player on Tennessee is Kelley Cain, who's 6-6 and had seven points in the Vols' opening-round win. Stanford's Kayla Pedersen, a 6-4 senior, had 11 points as the Cardinal defeated UC Davis. And UConn has 6-5 Stefanie Dolson, who had 12 points today and seven rebounds ... and she's a freshman.
Within the Dallas bracket, Texas A&M's tallest starter is 6-1 Adaora Elonu. If Baylor and Texas A&M reach the regional final, Griner will be on the floor against one of the shortest players in the tournament, 5-6 junior guard Sydney Carter.