April 3, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Baylor Bears center Brittney Griner (42) blocks the shot of Notre Dame Fighting Irish guard Kayla McBride (23) during the first half in the finals of the 2012 NCAA women

Notre Dame falls to Baylor in the Finals of NCAA Women's Tournament

For the second straight year, Notre Dame lost in the Finals of the Women’s March Madness Tournament. The Irish could not handle Brittney Griner, who led the Bears to a comfortable win, 80-61.

Griner was the clear reason Baylor won. Notre Dame didn;t have an answer for her. She scored with as many as 3 defenders simply because she’s just so tall. The 6 ft. 8 in. center finished with 26 points, 13 rebounds, and 5 blocks. She had a stellar season had she deserves the Title.

“She’ll go down as one of the greatest post players in the history of the game,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “I’m so glad she got that ring.”-ESPN.com

Baylor finished the season 40-0. The first in NCAA history to win 40 games in a season. They have beaten quality teams and are one of the greatest women’s treams in history.

The Irish had a terrific season, finishing 35-4 overall. Skylar Diggins was one of the best players I’ve seen on Notre Dame. She’s clearly a leader who will be vital to the team next year. She finished with 20 points and 3 assists.

Here’s the box score of the game.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish
STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
D Peters 15 3-5 0-0 1-2 3 3 1 0 1 1 4 7
B Mallory 33 1-3 1-2 0-0 1 6 2 2 0 0 0 3
N Novosel 30 0-11 0-2 5-8 1 1 2 0 0 2 1 5
S Diggins 37 7-17 2-5 4-4 1 2 3 2 1 0 3 20
K McBride 25 5-13 0-0 1-1 0 3 3 0 0 2 3 11
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
F Miller 5 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
K Turner 7 2-5 2-4 0-0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 6
N Achonwa 27 3-5 0-0 1-1 3 6 1 1 1 1 4 7
A Braker 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
W Holloway 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
M Wright 19 1-3 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 0 1 1 3 2
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
22-62 5-13 12-16 9 24 13 6 4 7 19 61
35.5% 38.5% 75.0%

Baylor Lady Bears

STARTERS MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
B Griner 39 11-16 0-0 4-6 1 13 1 0 5 2 1 26
D Williams 28 5-7 0-0 2-2 4 6 2 0 0 2 1 12
K Hayden 29 3-11 2-3 0-0 2 4 5 0 0 1 1 8
J Madden 35 0-2 0-2 0-0 1 6 5 0 1 1 3 0
O Sims 38 6-16 2-6 5-5 4 7 4 2 0 2 5 19
BENCH MIN FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
T Condrey 14 2-3 0-0 2-2 0 5 2 0 0 0 1 6
A Field 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
L Palmer 1 0-0 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
B Pope 12 2-3 0-0 4-4 4 4 1 0 0 1 1 8
M Robertson 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
S Agbuke 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTALS FGM-A 3PM-A FTM-A OREB REB AST STL BLK TO PF PTS
29-58 4-11 18-21 16 45 20 2 6 9 13 80
50.0% 36.4% 85.7%

 

 

 

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