March 27, 2012
WACO, Texas -
Baylor's Brittney Griner is a unanimous selection to The Associated Press' All-America team, the organization announced Tuesday. Teammate Odyssey Sims was chosen to the second team.
With the selection, Griner becomes Baylor's first three-time AP All-American. She was a second team pick as a freshman (2010) and was a first-team honoree in 2011. Griner and Sophia Young (2006) are Baylor's lone first-team selections, Sims was an honorable mention last season as a freshman, Steffanie Blackmon was a third-team pick in 2005 while Danielle Crockrom (2002), Bernice Mosby (2007), Angela Tisdale (2008), Rachel Allison (2008) and Melissa Jones (2011) were honorable mentions.
Griner was joined on the first team by Stanford's Nneka Ogwumike, Notre Dame's Skylar Diggins, Delaware's Elena Delle Donne and Maryland's Alyssa Thomas.
Joining Sims on the second team were Chiney Ogwumike (Stanford), Shenise Johnson (Miami), Samantha Prahalis (Ohio State) and Julie Wotja (Wisconsin-Green Bay). Third-team honorees include Tiffany Hays (Connecticut), A'dia Mathies (Kentucky), Elizabeth Williams (Duke), Shekinna Stricklen (Tennessee) and Riquna Williams (Miami).
Griner, a 6-8 post, has led Baylor to the its second Final Four in three seasons and a perfect 38-0 mark. She is averaging 23.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 5.2 blocks per game while shooting 61.1 percent from the floor and 80.4 percent from the free throw line. In addition, Griner threw down two dunks in this season's NCAA Championship and now has seven to her credit. Griner was named most outstanding player of the Des Moines Regional and the Big 12 Championship, Big 12 Player of the Year, Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and is a finalist for every major postseason award.
Griner has scored 2,328 career points and blocked 592 shots; she needs 72 more blocks to become the NCAA career leader.
Sims, a 5-8 sophomore guard, excels on both ends of the floor as well. She averages 14.8 points per game, including 20.8 vs. ranked opponents, 4.4 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.8 rebounds per contest. She is a two-time All-Big 12 first-team selection and was named to the Des Moines Region and Big 12 Championship All-Tournament teams.