March 15, 2012
Baylor junior Brittney Griner is one of four finalists for the 2012 Naismith Trophy for Women's College Player of the Year presented by AT&T, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced today. Joining Griner on the prestigious list are senior Nneka Ogwumike (Stanford) and juniors Elena Delle Donne (Delaware) and Skylar Diggins (Notre Dame).
Junior post Brittney Griner, a leading contender National Player of the Year and a 2012 U.S. Olympic Team finalist, leads the top-ranked Baylor Lady Bears with 23.6 points, 9.4 rebounds, a nation's-best 5.2 blocks per game, a .614 shooting percentage and a .840 percentage from the free throw line.
The two-time Big 12 Player of the Year and three-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year has led Baylor to back-to-back 30-win seasons, including a nation's-best 34-0 mark this season. Griner was also the Big 12 Championships' Most Outstanding Player for the second straight year and led the Lady Bears to back-to-back league and tournament crowns.
With her 2,289 career points and 568 blocked shots, Griner is the first player in NCAA history to record 2,000 points and 500 blocks. She ranks No. 2 on the NCAA Division I career blocks chart, just 95 rejections behind the leader.
The finalists were voted on by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's National Voting Academy, comprised of leading basketball journalists, coaches and administrators from around the country. The academy based its criteria on player performances this season. The vote was tabulated and certified by the accounting firm of Habif, Arogeti & Wynne, LLP. HA&W is the largest independent accounting firm in Georgia and one of the top 50 firms in the United States. The winner will be announced at the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) awards banquet on April 2 in Denver.
Beginning March 19, AT&T wireless customers - and sports fans on other wireless networks - will be able to text their votes for the player of their choice by texting VOTE to 34763. Fans will be eligible to cast their vote for the winner until 11:59 p.m. EDT on Saturday, March 31, 2012. For the eighth consecutive year, AT&T is making the voting open to other wireless carriers, enabling even more fans to participate. Other wireless carriers must opt-in for their subscribers to participate. Standard messaging rates apply.