December 21, 2014

Baylor, Tennessee look to move from Des Moines to the Final Four

A spot in the women’s Final Four will be up for grabs in Des Moines as top ranked and unbeaten Baylor takes on Tennessee in an NCAA regional final.

The Lady Vols face a tall task this evening as they try to contend with Baylor 6-8 center Brittany Griner, who had 35 points, ten rebounds, six blocked shots and a two handed dunk in a victory over Georgia Tech in the regional semifinal round.

It will be the second time the Lady Vols have matched up against Griner. She had 26 points and seven blocked shots in a 76-67 Baylor victory at Tennessee in late November.

Tennessee senior forward Glory Johnson says assistant coach Dean Lockwood used a large figure to try and simulate Griner’s size in practice. She says they have a big blue padded person they use in practice to simulate the shot blocking.

Senior center Vicki Baugh says it is designed to get the post players accustomed to going up against bigger players. “We were using that even before Brittany Griner,” Baugh says. She says the coach holds it way up above the rim to make them go up strong with their shots.

Tennessee is 27-8 and advanced to the regional final with a victory over Kansas. Baylor is 37-0.