Brittney Griner has two more chances to get back to the NCAA Final Four and win a national championship at Baylor. The 6-foot-8 All-American will have plenty of familiar faces around her.
If Baylor is going to get to the NCAA Final Four for the second year in a row, Brittney Griner and the top-seeded Lady Bears are going to have to figure out how to beat Texas A&M for the fourth time this season.
Kim Mulkey will stomp her feet or scowl if a referee makes a questionable call. If one of her Baylor players makes a mistake, she will often get an animated expression from the coach.
Baylor senior Melissa Jones acknowledged the crowd with a wave and a wide smile after her last victory at home. Together in the locker room, she and her teammates celebrated another trip to the NCAA round of 16.
Brittney Griner scored 29 points, missed a dunk and outscored Texas by herself in the first half, leading the top-ranked Lady Bears to their 20th straight victory with a 96-68 rout on Saturday.
On the rare occasion when Kim Mulkey isn't thinking about her young team's next game or practice, the coach of No. 1 Baylor allows herself to briefly ponder her program's long-term potential.