She made history as the first woman in NCAA history to block 500 shots and record 2,000 points while playing at Baylor University before joining the WNBA.
|Full Name||Brittney Griner Baylor|
|Source Of Income||Profession|
|Date of Birth||Oct 18, 1990|
|Age||31 Years Old|
|Nationality||United States Of America|
|Spouse||Cherelle Griner (m. 2019)|
In addition to her success in the WNBA, Griner has been instrumental in the United States women’s basketball team’s Olympic gold medal victories in both Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.
Brittney Griner is the youngest of four children; October 18, 1990, in the city of Houston, Texas, is the day she entered this world. She went to Nimitz High School, where she won three varsity letters in volleyball and one varsity letter in basketball as a freshman.
Griner led the 5A girls’ basketball team at Nimitz High School to the state championship game, where Mansfield Summit defeated them. Griner was the team’s captain during her senior year.
Griner finished her senior year with 52 dunks, setting a new record for most dunks in a game with seven against Aldine High School and ending with 52 overall. In addition, she developed a new form with 318 blocks in a single season with her performance.
Griner was honored by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association with the distinction of All-American for her accomplishments.
Griner played basketball for the Baylor Lady Bears during her time at Baylor University. She immediately stated dominance as a rookie, setting a new single-season record with 223 blocks.
In the latter part of 2009, she tallied Baylor’s first triple-double, and in early 2010, she became just the sixth female player in NCAA history to dunk.
Baylor advanced farther in the NCAA Tournament with their victory against Tennessee in the Sweet 16. Griner then set a new record for the NCAA Tournament with 14 blocks in the successive win against Georgetown.
Baylor beat Duke and moved on to the Elite Eight, while Griner set a new tournament record with 35 blocks. In the National Championship game, Baylor was defeated by Connecticut.
Griner led Baylor to the Division I Women’s Basketball Championship as a junior and was named AP Player of the Year for her efforts. Griner was named to the All-America First Team as a sophomore.
As a result of their perfect season, Baylor holds the record for the most wins in a single NCAA season with 40. Baylor’s Sweet 16 loss against the University of Louisville in 2013 was Griner’s last college game.
Griner publicly acknowledged her sexual orientation as a lesbian in the early months of 2013. She is committed to breaking down preconceived notions of gender roles, and as part of her endorsement deal with Nike, she often poses as the advertisement face for men’s clothing.
2014, Griner and Glory Johnson, a WNBA member, were engaged. The year after, both were arrested on accusations of assault and disorderly behavior related to an incident that occurred the previous year.
Despite this, the pair decided to tie the knot. After entering guilty pleas to the disorderly conduct charges they faced, Griner and Johnson were handed a seven-game ban from the WNBA soon after their wedding.
In June of 2015, it was discovered that Johnson would be a father of twins. Griner filed a motion for the marriage to be dissolved the next day, claiming that she was subjected to pressure and fraud throughout the wedding.
Two years later, in 2016, Griner announced her engagement to Cherelle Watson, and the couple wed the following year, in 2019.
In the 2013 WNBA Draft, the Phoenix Mercury took Griner as the first overall pick. After tying Candace Parker’s WNBA record for most career dunks with two in her first game, she went on to have a phenomenal first year in the league.
With three blocks each game on average, Griner was a formidable opponent. In 2014, she had better numbers, averaging 15.6 points, eight rebounds, and 3.7 blocks per game.
At the end of the regular season in June, she set a new WNBA record with 11 blocks in a single game. As a result of Griner’s contributions, the 2014 Phoenix Mercury went 29-5 throughout the regular season, setting a new WNBA record.
In 2015, Griner continued to enjoy her phenomenal success. She had the best defensive season in WNBA history, averaging four blocks per game.
Griner set a new WNBA record for blocks in the postseason with 11, helping lead the Mercury to the playoffs for the second straight year. They lost to the Minnesota Lynx in the finals.
In 2016, the Mercury made it back to the playoffs, although they were eliminated by the Lynx in the semis again. Griner had one of her best years ever in 2017. In a June game against the Indiana Fever, she scored 38 points, a personal high.
She finished the season as the league’s best scorer with 21.9 points per game. After eliminating the Seattle Storm and the Connecticut Sun, the Mercury met the Los Angeles Sparks in the semifinals, where they ultimately fell.
In 2018, Griner led the league in blocks for the second year and helped the Mercury to the playoffs. Once again, she finished the following season as the league’s leading blocker and scorer.
Griner was only able to participate in 12 games in the 2020 season due to the cancellation of games due to the COVID-19 virus.
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