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From Baylor Athletic's Department:

Brittney Griner Closes Baylor Career with Back]to]Back Naismith Trophy Awards

 Senior becomes seventh repeat winner of women's Naismith Trophy presented by AT&T

 ATLANTA (April 8, 2013) – Baylor senior Brittney Griner ends her college career and two of the most

memorable individual campaigns with her second consecutive Naismith Trophy for Women's College

Player of the Year presented by AT&T, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced tonight. The announcement

was made today at the WBCA Awards Program in New Orleans, La.

 

Griner won the 2013 Naismith Trophy from among a field of finalists that included Delaware senior

Elena Delle Donne, Notre Dame senior Skylar Diggins and Stanford junior Chiney Ogwumike. All three

finalists were Naismith Trophy winners in high school.

 

"Brittney Griner is a special player at both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor, and her

contributions to the game will be felt for a very long time," said Eric Oberman, Executive Director of the

Atlanta Tipoff Club. "We congratulate Brittney for not only winning the Naismith Trophy, but also joining

some rather prestigious company as a dual winner."

 

Griner was chosen by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's national voting academy. Selections were based on

individual performances throughout the 2013 women's college basketball season, and the fan vote,

which accounted for 25 percent of this year's total. This is the ninth year fans played a role in the

selection process.

 

"Congratulations to Brittney Griner on earning her second player of the year title," said David

Christopher, chief marketing officer, AT&T Mobility. "Brittney is a strong competitor, consistent leader

and clearly a favorite of the fans and the academy. We are proud to once again present her with the

Naismith Trophy for yet another extraordinary performance."

 

During Griner's final two seasons, she led the Baylor women's hoops team to a record of 74]2, including

an unprecedented 40]0 record and the NCAA® Division I Women's Basketball Championship in 2012.

This season, Griner led the team in scoring in 26 out of 36 games, scored 14 or more points in every

regular season and postseason game 20 or more points in 24 games and 30 or more in 10 games. She

holds the NCAA career record for dunks during women's competition (18) and is the first NCAA player to

total 2,000 points and 500 blocked shots. During her career, she amassed 3,269 points and 748 blocks

(NCAA men's and women's records). The 6]foot]8]inch senior leaves NCAA women's play as the second

all]time leading scorer in Division I women's basketball history and three]time recipient of the Big 12

Player of the Year and four]time recipient of the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

 

I am so proud of all Brittney has accomplished during her career at Baylor, said Baylor head coach Kim

Mulkey. "She joins some very elite company in winning this prestigious award, and now she has two to

her credit. Brittney is truly deserving of the honor and we thank everyone for recognizing this special

talent."

 

Notable Naismith Women's College Player of the Year winners include Chamique Holdsclaw, Lisa Leslie,

Rebecca Lobo and Tina Charles. The Naismith Women's Trophy presented by AT&T is the most

prestigious national award presented annually to the women's college basketball player of the year.

For more information, visit www.naismithawards.com.

 

ABOUT THE ATLANTA TIPOFF CLUB

The Atlanta Tipoff Club, an Atlanta Sports Council property, is committed to promoting the game of

basketball and recognizing the outstanding accomplishments of those who make the game so exciting.

The Atlanta Tipoff Club, founded during the 1956]57 season, has presented the Naismith Trophy every

year since UCLA's Lew Alcindor first won the award in 1969. Old Dominion's Anne Donovan won the

inaugural Women's Naismith Trophy in 1983.

 

The Naismith Award has become the most prestigious award in all of college basketball, recognizing the

Men's and Women's College Basketball Player of the Year, Men's and Women's College Basketball

Coach of the Year, as well as awards for outstanding achievement in high school basketball, officiating,

and contribution to the game.

 

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