Everyone But Baylor's Griner Focuses on Dunk

Everyone But Baylor's Griner Focuses on Dunk

You have no trouble believing Baylor coach Kim Mulkey -- she of the bright-gold game-day jacket -- when she says, "If I could dunk, I'd do back flips down the floor."

But you might find it hard to believe that someone who really can throw it down -- Baylor junior center Brittney Griner -- sometimes just doesn't think to do it. That's what Griner says: It doesn't always occur to her even when the chance is there. Mulkey, though, theorizes that Griner is a bit worried about whether observers might write or say something negative.

"I think she's scared to get excited sometimes and celebrate a dunk," Mulkey said. "I think she's gotten away from trying to be monstrous with going to the rim. I told her about two weeks ago, 'Even if you miss it, it sends a message: I'm here to play.' So it was good to see her do it."

Griner got her first dunk of this season -- and the sixth of her career -- about two minutes into the second half of No. 1 seed Baylor's 76-57 victory over No. 9 Florida on Monday at Bowling Green's Stroh Center. Odyssey Sims missed a 3-pointer, but then got the ball back after an offensive rebound by Kimetria "Nae-Nae" Hayden. She passed to Griner, who took one step and dunked with one hand.

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