There are some winning marks that are very impressive. When UConn passed UCLA for an 88-game winning streak, that was impressive. However, while 88 wins is good, there’s one record that no college basketball team, men or women, has ever been able to accomplish until now. While there have been many perfect seasons, in which a team goes undefeated and then wins the NCAA Tournament, no one has ever won 40 games until now. The Baylor Bears blew out the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 80-61 to go 40-0 and win the 2012 NCAA Championship for women’s basketball.
This was Notre Dame’s second trip to the final game, and Notre Dame’s second loss in the championship. Brittney Griner, the 6’8 center for Baylor who is one of the few women in basketball capable of playing above the rim when she’s not punching people, is the reason why Baylor was so dominant, and to make things worse for women’s hoops… she’ll be back next year. That’s right, she’s only a junior and she’s going to finish out her college career rather than head to the WNBA or Russia to play professionally.
“Brittney Griner, whether she won today or not, will go down in the history of the women’s game as, if not the greatest post player, one of the greatest,” said Baylor coach Kim Mulkey. “I’m so glad she has that ring now.”
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