- Created on Tuesday, 03 April 2012 23:15
- Last Updated on Thursday, 16 May 2013 07:51
- Written by Travis Pulver
The Lady Bears were favored headed into Tuesday night’s title game with the Fighting Irish, but anytime can win on any given day, right?
There could not be much more build up or hype heading into the Women’s NCAA Championship game than Tuesday’s match-up between the Baylor Bears and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Both teams were solid, talented squads, but most of the focus was on one—the Baylor Bears—as they looked to make history.
Make it they did, and in commanding fashion. Led by Brittney Griner, the Lady Bears won their first national title since 2005 with an 80-61 win over the Fighting Irish. The win made it the second season in a row that Notre Dame lost to a team from Texas in the finals.
"Looking back when we get older, I'm always going to remember this moment, always going to remember confetti falling and being here with my team," junior Brittney Griner said
Baylor wasted no time getting out to a healthy 21-10 lead midway through the first half, but Notre Dame fought back to close the gap to six points. The game got as close as 42-39 early in the second half, but then Griner and company took over the game.
From roughly the 15:00 mark till there was roughly four minutes left in the game the Lady Bears put on a show for their fans outscoring Notre Dame 33-11 in that span capped off with a 14-0 run at the end of it. The Irish did their best to close the gap, but in the end Baylor was simply too much for them.
The win was No 40 on the year for Baylor making them the first team in NCAA history to record a perect 40-0 season. Seven women’s teams had finished undefeated, but no team (men or women’s) had ever won 40 games in single season.
Griner got to add another trophy to her collection after being named the Outstanding Player of the Tournament. Ever the picture of class, Griner was sure to give credit where she felt it was due.
“We wouldn’t be here without my team,” she said. “All the awards— none of that means anything. If I don’t have my team here, we can’t get this.”
Unlike in men’s basketball, a underclassman leaving to go pro is not a big issue for women’s college basketball, but Griner has already stated that she will be coming back for her senior season putting any and all doubt to rest. With all their primary players coming back there is no reason to think the Lady Bears can’t keep their winning ways going for some time to come.