Nov. 3, 2009
WACO, Texas -- Baylor freshman phenom Brittney Griner had 13 points, four rebounds and three blocked shots while playing 19 minutes in the seventh-ranked Lady Bears' exhibition opener Tuesday night, a 97-43 victory over St. Edwards.
All that was missing was a dunk.
More than 6,000 people attended the exhibition game hoping to see the 6-foot-8 Griner dunk the basketball like she did throughout high school in Houston, and seen worldwide on YouTube. She never attempted a slam.
"It was really fun and to have so many fans come out for an exhibition game, it was wonderful. The spirit here is great," Griner said. "It was just great to get out on the floor in front of all our fans."
Griner started the game and had seven points, two blocks and a steal in the first 10 minutes. She also played the first 9:15 of the second half.
Senior Melissa Jones led Baylor with 20 points on 8-of-8 shooting with three 3-pointers. Griner (13), Morghan Medlock (12), Kimetria Hayden (11) and Ashley Field (11) were four other Lady Bears to tally double-digit points.
11 of the 12 Lady Bears that saw the floor tallied points, including five freshmen.
"I thought they (freshmen) were fine. I thought that they were probably like a lot of freshmen. They were a little bit nervous and excited at the same time," head coach Kim Mulkey said. "The effort was there. The mistakes are going to continue to be mistakes until they become more comfortable and become more experienced."
The Lady Bears will take on Incarnate Word in another exhibition matchup Saturday night at 7 p.m. before opening the season at Tennessee.