Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Brittney Griner Suspension? Baylor Star Ejected From Win Over Tennessee (VIDEO)

Before the 2012 NCAA Women's Tournament got underway, the only question being asked was, "Can any team stop Baylor?"

After four rounds of tournament action, the answer remains a decided "not really."

Of course, that doesn't mean that the Lady Bears haven't come perilously close to having their dreams of capping a historic 40-0 campaign with national championship derailed.

Led by 6'8" phenom Brittney Griner, the Baylor Bears had steamrolled to a 34-0 record ahead of Selection Monday. Entering the Final Four of the women's tourney, no one wearing another uniform has given Baylor much trouble, as they've outscored opponents by a combined 94 points entering the Final Four, with no individual foe staying closer than 15 points at the final buzzer.

During the final minute of a comfortable win over Pat Summitt's Tennessee Volunteers in the Elite Eight on Monday night, Griner and two teammates -- Jordan Madden and Terran Condrey -- were ejected for leaving the bench during a brief scuffle on the court. While standout shooting performances by Odyssey Sims and Kimetria Hayden showed the all-around talents of the Baylor squad, there is little doubt that a suspension levied against Griner for leaving the bench could drastically alter the outcome of a game against Stanford in the Final Four.

With Baylor in full control of the game in the waning minutes, Sims was drawn into a shouting and shoving match with Lady Vols forward Shekinna Stricklen.

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