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Baylor's Brittney Griner has changed the women's game

Brittney Griner, who has been called the Wilt Chamberlain of women's basketball, will lead No. 3 Baylor into Lloyd Noble Center Sunday to face Oklahoma.
By Mike Baldwin, Staff Writer, Published: February 26, 2011

"Having a player like that myself I understood how a tremendous defensive player can change games," Goestenkors said. "The difference with her is not only is she a great defensive player, she's a scorer as well."

Seventh in the nation in scoring (22.3), Griner impacts games on both ends. So how do you guard the Wilt Chamberlain of women's basketball?

"I don't even think Vegas (Aaryn Ellenberg) could stand on D-Rob's shoulders and do anything," Coale said. "You sure can't let her get offensive rebounds. But as much as we all worry about how we're going to guard her, the biggest problem is on the other end.

"That's why you better be able to shoot well beyond the arc and shoot well the night you play them. She's a wall around the basket. She can stand in the paint and can contest your shot at the elbow. I'm not exaggerating.�

Other coaches have "did-you-see-that" Griner stories.

"I've seen her block 3-point shots," Goestenkors said. "But it goes beyond blocking shots. She probably alters just as many shots. How many times does she keep people from taking a shot? You don't have a stat for shots she changes or minds she changes."

OU guard Whitney Hand said the challenge is to not let Griner get inside your head.

"She alters everything," Hand said. "She makes you think twice. And when you think twice you're not playing your game. She's an incredible player. She's an anomaly. But you still have to play your game."

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey has been quoted frequently about her star's unique skills.

"I've seen lots of the great ones in the women's game, the superstars, the All-Americans," Mulkey said. "And while you continue to see kids who can dunk it, Brittney's the only one I've seen who plays above the rim."

How unique is Griner?

"Players in the WNBA probably are already working on their runners, knowing that's what they're going to need to score in a couple of years," Blair said. "That's why I've always said the best comparison is when Wilt Chamberlain came to Kansas. She's changed the game."


When: 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Lloyd Noble Center, Norman

TV: ESPN2 (Cox 28)

Radio: KOKC 1520 AM



* The first 5,000 fans receive posters of former OU football star Gerald McCoy, with 100 winners at random invited to a VIP post-game photo/autograph session with McCoy.

* In the first meeting earlier this month, Baylor led by 40 points and won 92-70 in Waco.

* All fans in reserved and general admission will receive "Cheer Like a Champion" t-shirts to white-out the arena.

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