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Perfection: 40-0 Baylor goes out on top

Apr 3, 2012, 10:44 PM EST

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For the first time in history, a college basketball team has gone 40-0. The Baylor Bears, led by their star Brittney Griner, beat Notre Dame 80-61 to win the women’s National Championship.

Baylor had led by six at halftime. Notre Dame was able to cut the lead to three with 15:09 left in the 2nd half, but then the wheels came off. They were outscored by 16 the rest of the way. Notre Dame had stayed in the game for the first 25+ minutes thanks to poor shooting by Baylor, but once the Bears started making shots it was over. Baylor made all 3 of their 2nd half 3-point attempts, after shooting 1-8 in the first half.

Brittney Griner scored 17 of her 26 in the 2nd half. And she added 13 boards and 5 blocks. This, despite Notre Dame (35-4) using every defense in the book to stop her. They changed so much that announcer Doris Burke called out the Irish defense on just about every possession. And whatever defense they were running, it was designed to keep Brittney Griner from touching the ball.

But even double-teaming Griner at all times couldn’t keep her from dominating, and Griner led the Bears to their 2nd ever National Title. It was the 2nd straight loss in the championship game for the Fighting Irish.

Griner has already stated that she’s coming back for her senior season. But she’s also made it known that her dream is to play for the L.A. Sparks, and the Sparks happen to have the 1st pick in this year’s draft.

  1. rgledz - Apr 3, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    How can this be the first undefeated season in NCAA history if UConn won like 78 games straight????

    • nesuperfan - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      Reading comprehension: First undefeated season WITH 40 games.

  2. longtallsam - Apr 3, 2012 at 11:19 PM

    The article didn’t say that…it said they are the first team to go 40 and 0. There have been about seven other teams to go undefeated, but none won 40. Of course, that would have been hard to do since none played more than 39, total.

  3. rogerbrad - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    This was WOMEN NCAA basketball. If I remember right all the other records were for guys…

    • ihcone - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:52 AM

      It doesn’t matter who the records were for. A 40-0 season is a record for any college basketball team, women’s or men’s, in any conference.

    • philiplewis1 - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      Baylor is the 7th women’s team to go undefeated. UConn has 4 of them including 2 back to back during their long win streak. Texas has one and Tenn the other. No one however played 40 games. However, prior to the NCAA keeping records, La Tech won 40 but that is not in the NCAA record books.

  4. mrslay1 - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    Will finally the little 12 found some kind of championship they can win…womens basketball!!!

    • bozosforall - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:17 AM

      Meanwhile, the ND sports fans don’t even have a women’s basketball title to hang their hats on. I guess they will have to settle for stroking themselves over those fencing titles.

    • philiplewis1 - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:20 AM

      Has to be from an SEC football fan. The Big 12 has been a top conference almost since the beginning winning national championships in virtually every sport including football, basketball and baseball.

  5. acdc363 - Apr 4, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    If the girls wore bikinis maybe I would watch

  6. nathanbetz91 - Apr 4, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    Let’s be honest people, who really cares? If we were so concerned with womens basketball, then there games would occasionally be televised in addition to march madness. If we really cared wed know of more wnba players than Lisa Leslie. if we really cared wed see team merchandise in stores. And most importantly if we cared these women would make more than a decent living in a contract, because the teams could afford them. But they can’t because the teams hardly make any money because nobody buys the merchandise, nobody attends the games, and nobody can even watch them on TV.

    • ihcone - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:52 AM

      Obviously, someone cares because its on NBC Sports and people are reading it, including you.

      • nesuperfan - Apr 4, 2012 at 7:27 AM

        The only reason I read it was because of the one story of hype yesterday saying they were going for 40-0 perfection. I had no idea before that they might be having an historic season. I suspect many people only tuned in because of that, and tomorrow, women’s basketball will go back where it usually resides: Totally out of mind.

    • fockers2009 - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:22 AM

      If “wed” really cared we would learn to use an apostrope

    • selldannysell - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:26 AM

      Um, T-H-E-I-R games have been televised throughout the entire season. Wow, you took time out of your busy schedule to post that intelligent comment. Grow up.

    • philiplewis1 - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM

      What an uneducated comment. Games are televised almost as much as the men’s game, arenas are sold out regularly at the premier programs, and merchandise is everywhere. Baylor had several sellouts this year and averaged about 8500 in a 10,000 seat arena.

    • jdillydawg - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:55 AM

      I think if you changed your comment from “we” to just “I,” you might have a point. However, suggesting that everyone in the world is as stupid as you is a bit of stretch.

  7. mungman69 - Apr 4, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    Brittany should have come out after her freshman year.

  8. allmyteamsareterrible - Apr 4, 2012 at 8:36 AM

    I am sorry I thought I was watching Juwanna Man whenever I saw Baylor play.

    Does Griner have those hidden testies that the African runner had? Manliest woman ever.

    • allmyteamsareterrible - Apr 4, 2012 at 9:18 AM

      you people thumbs downing are crazy if you don’t think she is manly. She has feet the size of water skis and has a deep voice. I am not saying she isn’t a great player. She is as dominating to the woman’s game as Shaq was in his prime. She is just much larger than any woman on the court.

      • jdillydawg - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:58 AM

        Maybe it was the stupid “hidden testies” comment. She looks different from most people, no doubt. But why let that overshadow what she has accomplished on the court? She’ll go on to do great things despite negative comments toward her. You, however, will most likely simply continue to be negative, watch your sorry teams lose, and lament the crappy life you have. Bummer.

      • allmyteamsareterrible - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:05 PM

        Because I think she might have testicles I have a crappy life? I don’t understand the correlation.

        She has kayaks for feet. Would you like your girlfriend to have size 17 men’s shoes?

        I find it funny. It is women’s basketball….did you fill out a bracket? Who cares, it’s garbage.

  9. dboygoode - Apr 4, 2012 at 10:13 AM

    My only complaint with women’s college basketball, is that it is so incredibly boring. You know from the beginning of the season who is going to dominate. When you have a national championship with two #1 seeds, and it’s a 19 point spread, something is wrong. Not to mention how poorly executed their games are. It’s like watching middle school basketball games, except they are much taller. I’m not trying to sound mean or hateful, but I personally just cannot watch a women’s basketball game.

    • jdillydawg - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:59 AM

      I actually find it more exciting. They aren’t as athletic as the guys or have the showmanship, perhaps, but they are incredibly intense and super competitive when they are on the floor. I, for one, think it’s great stuff.

  10. abbydelabbey - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Congrats to the Baylor Bears! We’re so proud of them down here in Central Texas!

  11. bozosforall - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Congrats to Kim Mulkey and the Baylor Lady Bears for a great season!

    Boy, I sure miss seeing Mulkey in that long ponytail that she used to sport back in her playing days. :-)

  12. woodyc - Apr 4, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Kim Mulkey is a great coach and it sure doesn’t hurt having the tallest woman in the world on your team.

  13. jdillydawg - Apr 4, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    To repeat what RGIII tweeted yesterday: “Nat Champs 40-0, Heisman, Alamo Bowl champs and 10 wins, 2 AP POY, Elite 8 for Boys = best sports year in Baylor history.

    Sic ‘em!”

    It’s been a good year for us Bears…

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