There was a time in the second game of the Women's Final Four Sunday night when Stanford appeared to have figured out how to prevent Brittney Griner from being Brittney Griner. The 6-8 Baylor center looked rattled, missing makeable shots on one end, not blocking any on the other. Stanford had the bodies, albeit not as tall, but just as able, to successfully double-team her down low. What the Cardinal were doing was working, and, at halftime, Baylor was ahead by just two, and looked to be in a bit of trouble.
In the second half, the basketball world righted itself. Stanford couldn't keep up over the long haul, Griner gradually made her significant presence known and Baylor wound up exactly where it belonged, reaching Tuesday's national championship game with a convincing 59-47 victory over the game but overmatched Cardinal.
Griner is now one game from a perfect 40-0 season and her school's first national title since 2005. Standing in her way? Notre Dame, which, for the second year in a row will be playing in the national final.