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Griner totaled 13 points (5-13 FG, 3-3 FT), six rebounds, one assist, one steal and one block in Wednesday's loss against Los Angeles.

Tallied double-figure points in 23-of-26 (88.5 percent) games she played in…did so in 30 of her 34 games in 2014 She had a solid start as a rookie and was named WNBA all-star.

Griner had 22 points (9-20 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 4-5 FT), 13 rebounds, five assists and three blocks over 36 minutes in Monday's win against the Wings. She played college basketball for the Baylor Lady Bears in Waco, Texas. On March 3, 2010, Griner and Texas Tech player Jordan Barncastle were battling for position near the lane. Three older siblings, D, Shkera, and Pier, Copyright 2020 NBA Media Ventures, LLC | Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. All rights reserved. 08/20/2020 4:47 PM The only international female players surpassing her height are the late Margo Dydek, at 7 feet 2 inches (2.18 m), the late Sue Geh, at 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m) tall, Heidi Gillingham at 6 feet 10 inches (2.08 m) and Allyssa DeHaan at 6 feet 9 inches (2.06 m). WBCA All-Region (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) On August 18, 2018, Griner scored a season-high 33 points along with 18 rebounds and 7 blocks in a 104–95 victory over the Atlanta Dream. All-Big 12 First Team (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) Member of the 2014 WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury, Member of Team USA’s 2016 gold medal team during 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Two-time gold medalist with Team USA at FIBA Women’s Basketball World Championships (2018, 2014)…named the MVP of the gold medal game in 2018…named to ‘All-Star Five’ In 2014, Two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2014)…became first player in Mercury franchise history to win the award in 2014 and was first player to win it in back-to-back years since Tamika Catchings in 2009 and 2010…one-of-five players in WNBA history to win the award In back-to-back years (Catchings, Teresa Weatherspoon, Sheryl Swoopes, Alana Beard), Six-time WNBA All-Star (2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014 and 2013)…no All-Star game in 2016…Three-time starter…did not play in 2017 All-Star game due to injury, Two-Time WNBA Peak Performer Award Winner as the league’s leading scorer (2019, 2017)…averaged 20.7 points per game in 2019 and 21.9 points per game in 2017, the only player in the league to average over 20 points each season…is the only true center in WNBA history to lead the league in scoring…second player in Mercury franchise history to win the award (Diana Taurasi – five-time winner), Two-Time All-WNBA First Team member (2019, 2014), Three-Time All-WNBA Second Team (2018, 2017, 2015), Three-Time All-WNBA Defensive First Team (2018, 2015, 2014), Three-Time All-WNBA Defensive Second Team (2019, 2017, 2016), Eight-time recipient of the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week Award…won on September 3, 2019 (25.3pts, 10.3reb, 3.0blk), July 8, 2019 (30.5pts, 10.0reb, 3.0blk), June 10, 2018 (23.0 pts, 9.7 reb, 4.0 blk), September 5, 2017 (30.5pts, 7.0reb), July 10, 2017 (25.3pts, 11.7reb, 4.7blk), August 10, 2015 (17.3pts, 13.0reb), June 23, 2014 (27.5pts, 11reb) and August 11, 2014 (15pts, 9.3reb, 5.3blk)…second-most times winning award in franchise history, trailing only Diana Taurasi (20), Holds WNBA regular season records for blocks in a single game (11), blocks in a season (129, 2014), single-season blocks average (4.04, 2015) and career blocks average (3.0), Has led the league in blocks per game in all seven of her WNBA seasons (2019 – 2.0 [tied Jonquel Jones], 2018 – 2.6, 2017 – 2.5, 2016 – 3.1, 2015 – 4.0, 2014 – 3.7, 2013 – 3.0), Owns a career average of 3.0 blocks, the highest in league history…..her average sits 0.29 blocks higher than second-place Margo Dydek…only player in WNBA history to average at least 3 blocks per game in a career, In seven seasons, ranks third on WNBA’s all-time blocks list (636) entering 2020…first place among active players, Owns the WNBA single-game record for blocked shots with 11 on June 29, 2014 at Tulsa (previous record was 10 set by Margo Dydek and Lisa Leslie)…also holds single-game record for blocks in a playoff game with 11 against Tulsa on September 17, 2015, Holds WNBA single-season blocks per game record after averaging 4.04 blocks per game in 2015…previous record was 3.80 by Dydek in 1998, Became the second-fastest WNBA player to reach 600 career blocks (193 games) on July 7, 2019 vs. Atlanta…Margo Dydek is the only WNBA player to have reached 600 career blocks fast (189 games), Became fastest WNBA player to reach 500 career blocks (153 games) on June 1, 2018 at Minnesota…Manute Bol (121), David Robinson (124) and Mark Eaton (136) are the only NBA players to reach 500 career games in 150 games or less since NBA began recording blocks in the 1973-74 season, Became fastest WNBA player to reach 400 career blocks (115 games) on September 2, 2016 at Connecticut…Only three NBA players reached 400 career blocks in 115 or fewer games (David Robinson, Manute Bol and Mark Eaton), Became the Mercury’s all-time blocks leader on August 9, 2015 against Minnesota in just her third season… now at 574 career blocks, ranks 281 blocks ahead of Diana Taurasi (293), who ranks second on the Mercury’s all-time blocks list entering 2019, Has 42 career games with five or more blocks, 25 career games with six or more blocks…has recorded four or more blocks in 73-of-212 career games, Ranks third on the WNBA’s all-time Playoffs blocks chart with 82 postseason swats in 34 career postseason games entering 2020, trailing only Lisa Leslie (132 blocks in 52 games) and Candace Parker (83 blocks in 45 games), Owns a career playoff average of 2.41 blocks, the third-highest playoff block average in league history behind Lisa Leslie (2.54) and Margo Dydek (2.46) with minimum of 15 playoff games played, Has 12 career regular season dunks, one playoff dunk and five All-Star Game dunks…dunked in her 204th career game on August 10, 2019 vs. Dallas, 187th career game on June 14, 2019 vs. Los Angeles, 138th career game on July 12, 2017 vs. Atlanta, 133rd career game on June 23, 2017 at Seattle, 115th career game on September 2, 2016 at Connecticut, 86th career game on September 11, 2015 vs. Los Angeles, 82nd career game on August 28, 2015 at Washington, 64th career game on July 5, 2015 at Los Angeles, 47th career game on July 15, 2014 vs. Washington, 43rd career game on July 6, 2014 at Los Angeles and twice in her May 27, 2013 WNBA debut vs. Chicago making her the first player in WNBA history to dunk twice in one game…Griner also dunked in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals at Los Angeles on August 24, 2014 (only dunk in WNBA Playoffs history), three times at the WNBA All-Star Game on July 27, 2019 in Las Vegas, at the WNBA All-Star Game on July 19, 2014 in Phoenix and at the WNBA All-Star Game on July 25, 2015 in Connecticut, The rest of the WNBA combined enters the 2020 season with a total of three regular season dunks through 23 seasons (Elias Sports Bureau), Griner (10) and Candace Parker (two) are the only players to have recorded more than one dunk in a WNBA game…..Griner is the only player to record a dunk in a WNBA regular season game since Parker in 2008, Of the 15 regular season dunks in WNBA history, Griner owns 12 of them, Of the 31 all-time dunks in WNBA history (regular season, playoff, All-Star Game), Griner owns 18 of them, trio of teammates in WNBA history…the trio’s 87 combined points against Washington on August 7, 2018 was the most points scored by a trio of teammates in a non-overtime game in WNBA history, Teamed with Diana Taurasi to become the second duo in WNBA history to average 20+ points per game in a season in 2018…other tandem was Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter in 2008, Teamed with DeWanna Bonner (25 pts) and Leilani Mitchell (28 pts) to become the first trio of teammates to each score 25+ points in a single game on August 4, 2019…Griner scored 30 points, Became fourth player in WNBA history to average 20+ points in three consecutive seasons (2017-19), joining Cynthia Cooper (1997-99), Diana Taurasi (2008-11) and Angel McCoughtry (2010-13)…Taurasi and McCoughtry are the only two players in WNBA history to average 20+ points in four-straight seasons, Ranks second on the Mercury’s all-time double-doubles list with 40 (career-high 10 in 2018)…trails DeWanna Bonner’s mark of 42 entering 2020, Has scored 30 or more points 13 times in her career, six of which came in 2017, Has scored 20 or more points 72 times in her career (career-high 19 in 2019)…has scored 10 or more points in 149 career games, Scored a career-high 38 points on June 7, 2017 at Indiana in an overtime thriller…highest individual scoring performance of the 2017 WNBA season, Has notched 17 career 20-point, 10-rebounds games in her career, the second-most in franchise history, trailing only DeWanna Bonner’s mark of 21, Recorded six 20-point, 10-rebound games during the 2018 season, the most 20-point, 10-rebound outings by a player in a season in franchise history, Averaged 20+ points, 7+ rebounds and 2+ blocks in three consecutive seasons from 2017-19…only WNBA player to do so, while only five NBA players since the 2000-01 season have averaged such numbers in three-straight seasons: Anthony Davis, Tim Duncan, Elton Brand, Jermaine O’Neal and Shaquille O’Neal, Became the fifth player in franchise history to reach 3,000 career points in a Mercury jersey on August 17, 2018 vs. Atlanta, Became the seventh player in franchise history to reach 2,000 career points in a Mercury jersey on June 16, 2017 vs. Chicago, Recorded her 1,000th career rebound on July 9, 2017 vs. New York…became just the fifth Mercury player to reach 1,000 career rebounds, joining DeWanna Bonner, Diana Taurasi, Candice Dupree and Penny Taylor, Entering 2020, holds a career rebounding average of 7.34 rebounds per game, which is the highest career rebounding average in franchise history (minimum 50 games played), Owns 42 career double-digit rebounding games, the second-most in franchise history behind DeWanna Bonner’s mark of 47 entering 2020, Holds a career field goal percentage of 56.1-percent, which is the highest field goal percentage in franchise history (minimum 50 games played)…ranks fourth on the WNBA’s all-time career field goal percentage list, Ranks in the top 10 in Mercury all-time records in 16 categories: games, games started, minutes, field goals made, field goals attempted, field goal percentage, free throws made, free throws attempted, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, total rebounds, assists, blocks, points, career scoring average and career rebounding average, Has appeared in the WNBA Playoffs in all seven of her seasons…only player on the Mercury to have played in each of the Mercury’s last seven Playoff appearances from 2013-2019, Owns career WNBA Playoff averages of 16.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks while shooting 56.2-percent (222-of-395) from the field, Played in 34 career WNBA Playoff games including all five in 2013, seven-of-eight in 2014, all four in 2015, all five in 2016, all five in 2017, all seven in 2018 and the only game in 2019 (played only 14 minutes after suffering knee injury in second quarter)…missed Game 3 of the 2014 WNBA Finals after suffering an injury to her right eye in Game 2 of the series and undergoing a procedure, Averaged 20.7 points in 2019, the only true center in WNBA history to average 20+ points in three consecutive seasons and the fourth overall player in league history to average 20+ in three-straight seasons (Cynthia Cooper, Diana Taurasi, Angel McCoughtry), Averaged 20+ points, 7+ rebounds and 2+ blocks for a third consecutive season…since 2010, Anthony Davis (2014-19) is the only NBA player to average these numbers in consecutive seasons…in addition to Davis, the only NBA players since 2000-01 season to average such numbers in three consecutive seasons are Tim Duncan, Elton Brand, Jermaine O’Neal and Shaquille O’Neal, Teamed with DeWanna Bonner (fifth) as the only duo of teammates to rank in the top-5 in scoring this season, Named to the WNBA All-Defensive Second Team, Named to the Associated Press All-WNBA First Team, Named an All-Star for the sixth time in her career…has been named an All-Star in all six of the seven years an All-Star game has taken place (no All-Star game in 2016 due to Olympics)…dunked three times in All-Star game in Las Vegas in 2019, Named Western Conference Player of the Week twice in 2019: July 8 after averaging 30.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks on the week and on September 3 after averaging 25.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks on the week…has won the award eight times in her career, the second-most in franchise history, Named Western Conference Player of the Month for the month of August after averaging 22.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks during the month…first time Griner has won the award and just the second time in franchise history a player has received the honor (Diana Taurasi four times), In addition to leading the league in scoring and blocks per game, ranked in the top-10 in scoring (6th – 20.5 ppg), field goals (1st – 270), field goal attempts (6th – 479), field goal percentage (2nd – 56.4 percent) and efficiency (2nd – 23.0), Recorded four 30+ point games this season…now has 13 in her career with six coming in 2017, Mercury is 9-4 in the last two seasons when Griner has scored 30+ points (1-3 in 2019), Scored 20 or more points a career-high 19 times on the season…scored 10 or more points in all but two of the 29 games she appeared in (scored four season on June 6 at Minnesota and six points on August 1 at Connecticut in just 11 minutes of play)…led the team in 20+ point games this season, Recorded 15 or more points in the Mercury’s final eight games of the season, tying her career high of consecutive 15+ point games…also did so in 2018, Recorded the fourth-ever time a player has recorded at least 29 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocks and 14 made field goals in WNBA history on August 27 in New York…Griner accounts for two of them, Recorded 26 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 blocks in the Mercury’s game on August 4…2018-19 NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was the only player during the 2018-19 NBA season to put up such numbers in a game, while only four NBA centers since 1990 have done so as well (Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Jusuf Nurkić), Moved up to 45th on the WNBA’s all-time scoring list in 2019 and now sits at 3,667 career points, Recorded three double-doubles on the season…now stands at 40 in her career, which ranks second on Mercury’s all-time double-doubles list, Led the league in blocks per game for a seventh consecutive season with a 2.0 average (tied with Jonquel Jones)…Griner broke a tie with Margo Dydek to become the only player in WNBA history to have led the league in blocks per game in seven consecutive seasons…Dydek still holds lead for most seasons leading the league in blocks per game with 8, Knocked down her second career three-pointer on August 4 against Washington, Averaged a career-high 2.4 assists in 2019, Finished with six points, three rebounds and one block in just 14 minutes of action in the Mercury’s lone playoff game on September 11 at Chicago…suffered a knee injury in the second quarter, Averaged 20.5 points, becoming the first true center in WNBA history to average 20+ points in back-to-back seasons and the ninth overall player in league history to do so, Averaged 20+ points, 7+ rebounds and 2+ blocks for a second consecutive season…since 2010, Anthony Davis (2014-18) is the only NBA player to average these numbers in consecutive seasons…in addition to Davis, the only NBA players since 2000-01 season to average such numbers are Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan, Elton Brand, Jermaine O’Neal and Shaquille O’Neal, Combined for 1,967 total points with Diana Taurasi and DeWanna Bonner in 2018, setting the mark for most points scored in a season by a trio of teammates in WNBA history…the trio’s 87 combined points against Washington on August 7 was the most points scored by a trio of teammates in a non-overtime game in WNBA history, Named an All-Star for the fifth time in her career…has been named an All-Star in all five of the six years an All-Star game has taken place (no All-Star game in 2016 due to Olympics), In addition to leading the league in blocks per game, ranked in the top-10 in scoring (6th – 20.5 ppg), rebounding per game (8th – 7.7), field goals (3rd – 266), field goal attempts (5th – 484), field goal percentage (8th – 54.4 percent), free throws (4th – 164), free throw attempts (3rd – 205) and player efficiency rating (10th – 23.9), Set career highs in field goal attempts (25), three-point field goals (1), three-point field goal attempts (2), and assists (7) this season, With her three 30-point, 10-rebound performances in 2018, she tied her own single season franchise record that she set in 2017, Recorded three 30+ point games this season…now has nine in her career with six coming in 2017, Mercury is 8-1 in the last two seasons when Griner has scored 30+ points (2-1 in 2018), Scored 20 or more points a career-high 17 times on the season…scored 10 or more points in all but one of the 34 games she appeared in (scored nine points in final game of season on August 19 vs. New York)…finished second on team in 20+ point performances behind only Diana Taurasi, Recorded 15 or more points in a career-high eight consecutive games spanning from May 20-June 12…previous high was six in 2017, Recorded a career-high 10 double-doubles on the season, surpassing her old previous high of eight in 2015…Mercury’s all-time double-doubles leader with 37, Grabbed 10 or more rebounds 10 times, the most double-digit rebounding efforts in a season in her career, Matched her career high in rebounds (18) on August 17 against Atlanta, which she has now done three times, Led the league in blocks per game for a sixth-consecutive season with a 2.6 average… Only Griner and Margo Dydek have led the league in blocks per game in three or more consecutive seasons (Dydek-8), Led the league in total blocks for the fifth time in her career with 87 blocks, 20 more than second place (Natasha Howard-67)…finished second in 2017 with 65 blocks after missing eight games to injury (Elizabeth Williams and Sylvia Fowles each tallied 67 blocks in 34 games each), Notched a season-high seven blocks twice this season (June 10 vs. Las Vegas, August 17 vs. Atlanta)…finished with five or more blocks four times and three or more blocks 16 times, Named Western Conference Player of the Week on June 10 after averaging 23.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.0 blocks on the week…has won the award six times in her career, Recorded her first career three-pointer on June 5 at New York, Averaged a career-high 2.1 assists in 2018, Averaged a career-high 21.6 points in the playoffs, while matching her career high in rebounds per game (8.0) during the Mercury’s seven postseason games, Scored a playoff career-high 29 points in the Mercury’s 86-84 win over the Seattle Storm in Game 4 of the WNBA Semifinals on September 2…also made a career-high 12 field goals in that game, while also matching her postseason career high in rebounds (12), Recorded a playoff career-high six assists at Seattle on September 4 in Game 5 of the WNBA Semifinals, Won the WNBA’s Peak Performance Award in scoring after leading the league in scoring with a 21.9 ppg average…finished as the only WNBA player to average over 20 points per game during the 2017 season…became the first true center in WNBA history to lead the league in scoring, Named Western Conference Player of the Week two times during the season…has won the award five times in her career, Named an All-Star for the fourth time in her career…did not play in the game due to injury…has been named an All-Star in all four of the years an All-Star game has taken place (no All-Star game in 2016 due to Olympics), Scored a career-high 38 points at Indiana on June 7 in an overtime thriller…finished 15-of-19 (78.9-percent) from the field and eight-of-10 from the free throw line, Led the league in 30+ point games this season with six…entered the season with zero 30+ point games throughout her first four seasons, Scored 20 or more points 14 times on the season…scored 10 or more points in all but two of the 26 games she appeared in, Mercury finished 6-0 in games Griner scored 30 or more points…team went 11-1 in games Griner scored 25 points or more, Recorded 15 or more points in a career-high six consecutive games spanning from July 5-August 12…missed eight games in that stretch due to injury, Set career highs in field goals (15), field goals attempted (20), free throws (12), and points (38) this season, With her three 30-point, 10-rebound performances in 2017, she surpassed Diana Taurasi (two) for the most such games in team history, Surpassed DeWanna Bonner (26) for the second most double-doubles (27) in franchise history…trails only Candice Dupree’s mark of 32 career double-doubles, Became the first player in WNBA history to tally at least 80 points (89), 30 rebounds (31) and 15 blocks (15) through the first four games of the season, Led the league in blocks per game for a fifth-consecutive season with a 2.5 average… Only Griner and Margo Dydek have led the league in blocks per game in three or more consecutive seasons (Dydek-8)…after leading league in total blocks the last four seasons, finished with the second-most this season (65) after missing eight games due to injury (Elizabeth Williams and Sylvia Fowles each tallied 67 blocks in 34 games each), Notched a season-high six blocks twice this season (May 23 vs. New York, July 9 vs. New York)…finished with five or more blocks four times, four or more blocks eight times and three or more blocks 12 times, Recorded the only two dunks of the 2017 WNBA regular season on July 12 vs. Atlanta and June 23 at Seattle, bumping her WNBA record for dunks total to 10, In addition to leading the league in scoring and blocks per game, ranked third in field goal percentage (.577), ninth in rebounding per game (7.6), fourth in made free throws (155), fourth in free throw attempts (191) and ranked second in player efficiency rating (28.7), Recorded six double-doubles in 2017, extending her career double-double total to 27, Missed eight-straight games after suffering a left knee bone bruise and right ankle sprain during the Mercury’s game against the Lynx on July 14, Led the team in scoring during the playoffs, averaging a playoff career-best 20.2 points per game…also led the team in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and blocks per game (1.6) in five games, Scored a playoff career-high 26 points in the Mercury’s 88-83 win at Connecticut on September 10…also recorded playoff career highs in free throws (12) and free throw attempts (14), as well as field goal attempts (16) in the game, Finished the season with WNBA-best 107 blocks, 28 more  than Elizabeth Williams of Atlanta who finished second in the WNBA (79), Notched a season-high eight blocks at Atlanta on July 3…finished with six or more blocks five times, five or more blocks nine times and three or more blocks 17 times, Led the league in blocks average (3.15) for fourth-straight year, while also leading league in total blocks for fourth consecutive year…Only Griner and Margo Dydek have led the league in blocks in four or more consecutive seasons (Dydek-6), Became just second player (Dydek) in league history with 100 or more blocks in three consecutive seasons, After Olympic break, averaged 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in 10 games, shooting 59-percent from field (before Olympic break, averaged 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in 24 games, shooting 52.7-percent from field), Recorded only dunk of 2016 WNBA season on September 2 at Connecticut, her league-record eighth career dunk, Nearly recorded a triple-double at Atlanta on July 3, finishing with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocks, In addition to leading league in total blocks and blocks per game, ranked eighth in field goal percentage (.548), 13th in scoring (14.5) and rebounding per game (6.5) and finished eighth in both made free throws (138) and free throw attempts (166), Recorded two double-doubles in 2016, extending her career double-double total to 21, Scored a career-high 29 points at Connecticut on September 2, shooting 10-of-15 from the field and 9-of-11 from the FT line, Scored 20 or more points in nine games…recorded six 20 or more point games in 2015, five in 2014 and two during her rookie season, Tallied double-figure points in 26-of-34 (68.4-percent) games she played in… did so in 23 of her 26 games in 2015 and in 30 of her 34 games in 2014, Finished the season scoring 15 or more points in a career-high tying five consecutive games…also did so from July 15-26, 2014, Finished two rebounds shy of tying her career high in a single game on September 13 at LA, finishing with 16 boards in the game, Averaged 13.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in five WNBA Playoff games and connected on 64.3 percent (27-of-42) of her shot attempts…Double-double at New York in second round of WNBA Playoffs with 22 points and 10 rebounds, Finished the season with 38 more blocks than Kiah Stokes of New York who finished second in the WNBA in blocked shots with 67
[32] Despite the All-Star vote, Griner missed the 2013 WNBA All-Star Game with a right knee injury, she was replaced by Tina Thompson.[33]. In the 2013 WNBA Draft, the Phoenix Mercury selected Griner as the first overall pick. She was primed for a bounce-back performance, though, as she has averaged 20-plus points in each of the last three seasons. On June 4, 2015, Griner and Johnson announced that Johnson was pregnant with twins. They made it all the way to the WNBA finals and swept the Chicago Sky 3 games to 0, to capture the Mercury's third championship in franchise history. In the 2013 WNBA Draft, she was selected first overall by the Phoenix Mercury. No portion of NBA.com may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form. [46], In 2016, Griner played for the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team for the Summer Olympics and earned her first Olympic medal as they beat Spain 101–72 for the gold medal, becoming one of 11 players who have earned an Olympic gold medal, FIBA World Cup gold medal, WNBA title, and NCAA title, joining Sue Bird, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Cynthia Cooper, Asjha Jones, Maya Moore, Breanna Stewart, Sheryl Swoopes, Diana Taurasi, and Kara Wolters on the list.[47]. Starting in her sophomore year, Griner practiced with the boys' basketball team, and worked with a Nimitz football coach to develop her leg strength in preparation for learning to dunk. Big 12 Player of the Year (2011, 2012, 2013) [82][83] The divorce was finalized in June 2016. In 2017, she had her best season of her career. 2012 Honda Cup winner Favorite food is bacon As of January 2020, Griner holds the NCAA record for dunks in a career with 18 total dunks. Griner tallied 29 points (12-17 FG, 5-6 FT), seven rebounds, five assists, two steals and one block over 30 minutes in Sunday's loss to the Wings. Personal Life: Affair, Boyfriend, Husband, Kids During an interview in the year 2013, she opened up that she was a lesbian. In the first round elimination game, the Mercury were eliminated 105-76 by the Chicago Sky in the first round elimination game. She was the 2012 winner of the Honda Sports Award for basketball[54][55] and the overall Honda-Broderick Cup winner for all sports. With her impressive career points and achievements, she has been a recipient of many awards since high school. As she puts it, "People tell me I'm going to break the barrier and trailblaze.
Scored 15 or more points 19 times…..did so only nine times her rookie season…..scored 20 or more points five times….did so only two times her rookie season In addition to lettering in basketball throughout high school, she played varsity volleyball as a freshman. 2012 ESPN.com National Player of the Year Over the first seven games this year, the 29-year-old is averaging 17.9 points and 7.1 rebounds over 31.6 minutes per contest. As a freshman, Griner's 223 blocked shots set the all-time single-season record, establishing her as one of the greatest shot blockers in women's basketball history. [24], As a sophomore, Griner received First Team All-American honors after averaging 23 points a game, including a career-high 40 points against Green Bay in the Sweet 16.[25]. [78][79] On May 15, 2015, the WNBA suspended Griner and Johnson for seven games each after Griner pled guilty to disorderly conduct charges. On April 3, 2012, Griner led Baylor with 26 points, 13 rebounds and 5 blocked shots to win the Division I Women's Basketball Championship, 80–61 over Notre Dame. "PAST HONDA SPORTS AWARD WINNERS FOR BASKETBALL", "Griner Receives Honda Sports Award for WBB", "Past Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year Winners (Honda Cup)", "Griner sets NCAA women's mark with 8th dunk", "Past WBCA HS Coaches' All-America Teams", "WBCA NCAA Division I Defensive Player of the Year", "Moore named MVP of 2014 FIBA World Championship for Women, headlines All-Star Five", "40 Under 40: Brittney Griner Wants Our Kids to Feel Hope", "Griner, Delle Donne and Diggins dealt with bullies", "WNBA's Brittney Griner on Being a Gay Athlete: I Felt Like Half of Me Wasn't Accepted", "Life Out Loud: 'In My Skin,' by Brittney Griner", "Brittney Griner Proposes To Girlfriend Glory Johnson", "WNBA's Brittney Griner Gets Engaged to Former Tennessee Vols Star Glory Johnson", "WNBA star Brittney Griner arrested on assault and disorderly conduct", "Mercury's Brittney Griner arrested on assault allegations", "Former Lady Vol Glory Johnson, WNBA Star Brittney Griner wed on Phoenix mountaintop", "WNBA Wedding! [35] The 2014 season would be a historic season for the Mercury with the combination of Brittney Griner, Diana Taurasi and Candice Dupree as the dominant Big 3 to carry the team plus the arrival of new head coach Sandy Brondello, the Mercury finished 29–5, setting the WNBA record for most wins in a regular season. [74][75] However, the couple were arrested on charges of assault and disorderly conduct on April 22, 2015, eight months after their engagement, after police broke up a fight between the two in their Goodyear, Arizona home. Just being picked on for being different. Baylor Star Open To Mavericks Owner's Offer", Brittney Griner Makes 12 Times More Playing In China Than In The United States, http://www.wnba.com/wnba-players-playing-overseas/. She became a dominant defensive force in the league, averaging 3.0 blocks per game. [9] During her junior season, a YouTube video featuring her dunks was watched more than 2.7 million times,[10] leading to a meeting with Shaquille O'Neal. In the 2016 season, with the return of Diana Taurasi, the Mercury had a more successful playoff run. [22] In the Elite Eight, Baylor defeated Duke 51–48, and Griner blocked 9 shots, totaling 35 for the tournament, a new NCAA Women's Tournament record. 2011 All-Tournament NCAA Championship, Dallas Regional Griner scored 23 points along with 11 rebounds and 3 blocks in the win.

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