All year long Baylor ladies have been playing an excessively rough “street ball” kind of basketball.
For those who don’t know one of the basic tenets of street ball, the cardinal rule is, “No blood, no foul.”
Baylor’s posts and guards have been getting away with rough play all year while painting Griner as a victim. They have used every dirty trick in the book to make steals, rebounds, and forcing turnovers.
Sure, Griner got roughed up last night but she has dished it out her entire career – as well as last night. The punch heard ‘round the world happened over 3 years ago but since then Griner has, on numerous occasions, thrown down opponents and gotten away with it most of the time.
All she had to do last night was change her game – she could have moved out to a high post and Louisville would have reduced the triple coverage down to double coverage. Griner chose not to do that however because she has no outside game. Griner has only attempted one 3-point shot all year (and missed it), which supports my comment that she has no outside game.
She seldom went out to contest Louisville’s 3-point shooters. Why? Baylor, as a whole, appears to have this air of superiority – and as a result they thought they had no need to alter their game to win.
Also, in the dying seconds, Baylor could have thrown a pass the length of the court – Sims is more than capable of tossing it, instead, Sims dribbled the length of the court and threw a ridiculous desperation shot.
Why din’t Griner and Sims do what Hurley and Laettner did for Duke against Kentucky with little time remaining on the clock? Why? Because Griner is not EDD (Elena Della Donne.) Griner has NO outside shot – she only has a high shooting percentage because she forces defenders backwards until she ends up with easy layups.
For those who did not see or hear about Bobby Hurley and Christian Laettner – Duke guard Hurley threw a long inbounds pass to Laettner, a 6’11” forward, who was positioned near the free throw line and Laettner turned and made a jump shot to win the game for Duke. Given Griner’s height and wingspan and Sims strength, they could have replicated that famous Duke play.
Considering the clock would not have started until a player touched the ball, Griner could have opted to turn and take
3 – 4 steps and made one of her easy layups or even one of her bland dunks, which would have ignited the crowd and given Baylor the victory.
Also, Kim Mulkey should be fined heavily for her after game comments. Her crybaby antics looked ridiculous as well as quite unprofessional – especially when she kept trying to rip off her jacket. She reminded me of coach Bill Fennelly of Iowa State after he became irate when Griner threw down Chelsea Poppens, resulting in Fennelly ripping off his jacket in protest.
Iowa State Coach Fennelly got called for a technical when he protested a call when playing against Baylor and coach Geno Auriemma got a technical for protesting a call in a UCONN game, also against Baylor and Jeff Walz got a technical called against him during the Baylor game last night. So, why is it that Kim did not get called for a technical when she flipped out and ranted up and down the sidelines screaming and trying to rip off her jacket in protest? Is it a case of double standards for women’s basketball when men coach a women’s basketball team? It appears that way to me.
I believe women’s college basketball is doing whatever it can to start a dynasty other than UCONN and Tennessee and they are turning a blind eye to the antics of the Baylor Women and their colorful, yet constantly complaining head coach. Coach Mulkey cries every time anyone on her team gets touched.
She complained about the rough play but three Louisville players got fouled out, while her players played rough the entire game. Please do not get me wrong, the three Louisville players deserved each and every foul assessed but at the same time Mulkey’s “street scrappers” got a free pass for most of the game.
Griner slapped a defender across the face – a slap that was worthy of a technical but it either wasn’t seen at the time it occurred – or worse yet it was overlooked. When Louisville’s coach asked for it to be looked at, it was not called as being a flagrant foul because it did not include an elbow – so, it appears that you can slap all you want without getting a technical.
Sims taunted Schimmel and both of them got called for T’s even though Sims was the instigator who turned to face Schimmel instead of going down the court. It is as though Baylor can do no wrong.
Baylor could not defend the 3’s – the few times they attempted to they ended up fouling the shooter for 3 shots (twice I believe).
Mulkey and her kids have had an “air of arrogance” all year – acting as if they could get away with extremely rough play and not be penalized because they were anointed to win a second consecutive championship – earning dynasty status.
Maybe Kim should change her last name from Mulkey to Karma because Karma showed up last night and put Kim in her place.