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Brittney Griner's Bio

About Brittney Griner

WNBA CAREER

AWARDS

Member of the 2014 WNBA Champion Phoenix Mercury

Member of Team USA’s 2016 gold medal team during 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro

Two-time gold medalist with Team USA at FIBA Women’s Basketball World Championships (2018, 2014)…named the MVP of the gold medal game in 2018…named to ‘All-Star Five’ In 2014

Two-time WNBA Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2014)…became first player in Mercury franchise history to win the award in 2014 and was first player to win it in back-to-back years since Tamika Catchings in 2009 and 2010…one-of-five players in WNBA history to win the award In back-to-back years (Catchings, Teresa Weatherspoon, Sheryl Swoopes, Alana Beard)

Six-time WNBA All-Star (2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2014 and 2013)…no All-Star game in 2016…Three-time starter…did not play in 2017 All-Star game due to injury

Two-Time WNBA Peak Performer Award Winner as the league’s leading scorer (2019, 2017)…averaged 20.7 points per game in 2019 and 21.9 points per game in 2017, the only player in the league to average over 20 points each season…is the only true center in WNBA history to lead the league in scoring…second player in Mercury franchise history to win the award (Diana Taurasi – five-time winner)

Two-Time All-WNBA First Team member (2019, 2014)

Three-Time All-WNBA Second Team (2018, 2017, 2015)

Three-Time All-WNBA Defensive First Team (2018, 2015, 2014)

Three-Time All-WNBA Defensive Second Team (2019, 2017, 2016)

Eight-time recipient of the WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week Award…won on September 3, 2019 (25.3pts, 10.3reb, 3.0blk), July 8, 2019 (30.5pts, 10.0reb, 3.0blk), June 10, 2018 (23.0 pts, 9.7 reb, 4.0 blk), September 5, 2017 (30.5pts, 7.0reb), July 10, 2017 (25.3pts, 11.7reb, 4.7blk), August 10, 2015 (17.3pts, 13.0reb), June 23, 2014 (27.5pts, 11reb) and August 11, 2014 (15pts, 9.3reb, 5.3blk)…second-most times winning award in franchise history, trailing only Diana Taurasi (20)

BLOCKS

Holds WNBA regular season records for blocks in a single game (11), blocks in a season (129, 2014), single-season blocks average (4.04, 2015) and career blocks average (3.0)

Has led the league in blocks per game in all seven of her WNBA seasons (2019 – 2.0 [tied Jonquel Jones], 2018 – 2.6, 2017 – 2.5, 2016 – 3.1, 2015 – 4.0, 2014 – 3.7, 2013 – 3.0)

Owns a career average of 3.0 blocks, the highest in league history…..her average sits 0.29 blocks higher than second-place Margo Dydek…only player in WNBA history to average at least 3 blocks per game in a career

In seven seasons, ranks third on WNBA’s all-time blocks list (636) entering 2020…first place among active players

Owns the WNBA single-game record for blocked shots with 11 on June 29, 2014 at Tulsa (previous record was 10 set by Margo Dydek and Lisa Leslie)…also holds single-game record for blocks in a playoff game with 11 against Tulsa on September 17, 2015

Holds WNBA single-season blocks per game record after averaging 4.04 blocks per game in 2015…previous record was 3.80 by Dydek in 1998

Became the second-fastest WNBA player to reach 600 career blocks (193 games) on July 7, 2019 vs. Atlanta…Margo Dydek is the only WNBA player to have reached 600 career blocks fast (189 games)

Became fastest WNBA player to reach 500 career blocks (153 games) on June 1, 2018 at Minnesota…Manute Bol (121), David Robinson (124) and Mark Eaton (136) are the only NBA players to reach 500 career games in 150 games or less since NBA began recording blocks in the 1973-74 season

Became fastest WNBA player to reach 400 career blocks (115 games) on September 2, 2016 at Connecticut…Only three NBA players reached 400 career blocks in 115 or fewer games (David Robinson, Manute Bol and Mark Eaton)

Became the Mercury’s all-time blocks leader on August 9, 2015 against Minnesota in just her third season… now at 574 career blocks, ranks 281 blocks ahead of Diana Taurasi (293), who ranks second on the Mercury’s all-time blocks list entering 2019

Has 42 career games with five or more blocks, 25 career games with six or more blocks…has recorded four or more blocks in 73-of-212 career games

Ranks third on the WNBA’s all-time Playoffs blocks chart with 82 postseason swats in 34 career postseason games entering 2020, trailing only Lisa Leslie (132 blocks in 52 games) and Candace Parker (83 blocks in 45 games)

Owns a career playoff average of 2.41 blocks, the third-highest playoff block average in league history behind Lisa Leslie (2.54) and Margo Dydek (2.46) with minimum of 15 playoff games played

DUNKS

Has 12 career regular season dunks, one playoff dunk and five All-Star Game dunks…dunked in her 204th career game on August 10, 2019 vs. Dallas, 187th career game on June 14, 2019 vs. Los Angeles, 138th career game on July 12, 2017 vs. Atlanta, 133rd career game on June 23, 2017 at Seattle, 115th career game on September 2, 2016 at Connecticut, 86th career game on September 11, 2015 vs. Los Angeles, 82nd career game on August 28, 2015 at Washington, 64th career game on July 5, 2015 at Los Angeles, 47th career game on July 15, 2014 vs. Washington, 43rd career game on July 6, 2014 at Los Angeles and twice in her May 27, 2013 WNBA debut vs. Chicago making her the first player in WNBA history to dunk twice in one game…Griner also dunked in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals at Los Angeles on August 24, 2014 (only dunk in WNBA Playoffs history), three times at the WNBA All-Star Game on July 27, 2019 in Las Vegas, at the WNBA All-Star Game on July 19, 2014 in Phoenix and at the WNBA All-Star Game on July 25, 2015 in Connecticut

The rest of the WNBA combined enters the 2020 season with a total of three regular season dunks through 23 seasons (Elias Sports Bureau)

Griner (10) and Candace Parker (two) are the only players to have recorded more than one dunk in a WNBA game…..Griner is the only player to record a dunk in a WNBA regular season game since Parker in 2008

Of the 15 regular season dunks in WNBA history, Griner owns 12 of them

Of the 31 all-time dunks in WNBA history (regular season, playoff, All-Star Game), Griner owns 18 of them

STATS

trio of teammates in WNBA history…the trio’s 87 combined points against Washington on August 7, 2018 was the most points scored by a trio of teammates in a non-overtime game in WNBA history

Teamed with Diana Taurasi to become the second duo in WNBA history to average 20+ points per game in a season in 2018…other tandem was Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter in 2008

Teamed with DeWanna Bonner (25 pts) and Leilani Mitchell (28 pts) to become the first trio of teammates to each score 25+ points in a single game on August 4, 2019…Griner scored 30 points

Became fourth player in WNBA history to average 20+ points in three consecutive seasons (2017-19), joining Cynthia Cooper (1997-99), Diana Taurasi (2008-11) and Angel McCoughtry (2010-13)…Taurasi and McCoughtry are the only two players in WNBA history to average 20+ points in four-straight seasons

Ranks second on the Mercury’s all-time double-doubles list with 40 (career-high 10 in 2018)…trails DeWanna Bonner’s mark of 42 entering 2020

Has scored 30 or more points 13 times in her career, six of which came in 2017

Has scored 20 or more points 72 times in her career (career-high 19 in 2019)…has scored 10 or more points in 149 career games

Scored a career-high 38 points on June 7, 2017 at Indiana in an overtime thriller…highest individual scoring performance of the 2017 WNBA season

Has notched 17 career 20-point, 10-rebounds games in her career, the second-most in franchise history, trailing only DeWanna Bonner’s mark of 21

Recorded six 20-point, 10-rebound games during the 2018 season, the most 20-point, 10-rebound outings by a player in a season in franchise history

Averaged 20+ points, 7+ rebounds and 2+ blocks in three consecutive seasons from 2017-19…only WNBA player to do so, while only five NBA players since the 2000-01 season have averaged such numbers in three-straight seasons: Anthony Davis, Tim Duncan, Elton Brand, Jermaine O’Neal and Shaquille O’Neal

Became the fifth player in franchise history to reach 3,000 career points in a Mercury jersey on August 17, 2018 vs. Atlanta

Became the seventh player in franchise history to reach 2,000 career points in a Mercury jersey on June 16, 2017 vs. Chicago

Recorded her 1,000th career rebound on July 9, 2017 vs. New York…became just the fifth Mercury player to reach 1,000 career rebounds, joining DeWanna Bonner, Diana Taurasi, Candice Dupree and Penny Taylor

Entering 2020, holds a career rebounding average of 7.34 rebounds per game, which is the highest career rebounding average in franchise history (minimum 50 games played)

Owns 42 career double-digit rebounding games, the second-most in franchise history behind DeWanna Bonner’s mark of 47 entering 2020

Holds a career field goal percentage of 56.1-percent, which is the highest field goal percentage in franchise history (minimum 50 games played)…ranks fourth on the WNBA’s all-time career field goal percentage list

Ranks in the top 10 in Mercury all-time records in 16 categories: games, games started, minutes, field goals made, field goals attempted, field goal percentage, free throws made, free throws attempted, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, total rebounds, assists, blocks, points, career scoring average and career rebounding average

Has appeared in the WNBA Playoffs in all seven of her seasons…only player on the Mercury to have played in each of the Mercury’s last seven Playoff appearances from 2013-2019

Owns career WNBA Playoff averages of 16.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.4 blocks while shooting 56.2-percent (222-of-395) from the field

Played in 34 career WNBA Playoff games including all five in 2013, seven-of-eight in 2014, all four in 2015, all five in 2016, all five in 2017, all seven in 2018 and the only game in 2019 (played only 14 minutes after suffering knee injury in second quarter)…missed Game 3 of the 2014 WNBA Finals after suffering an injury to her right eye in Game 2 of the series and undergoing a procedure

2019 SEASON

Averaged 20.7 points in 2019, the only true center in WNBA history to average 20+ points in three consecutive seasons and the fourth overall player in league history to average 20+ in three-straight seasons (Cynthia Cooper, Diana Taurasi, Angel McCoughtry)

Averaged 20+ points, 7+ rebounds and 2+ blocks for a third consecutive season…since 2010, Anthony Davis (2014-19) is the only NBA player to average these numbers in consecutive seasons…in addition to Davis, the only NBA players since 2000-01 season to average such numbers in three consecutive seasons are Tim Duncan, Elton Brand, Jermaine O’Neal and Shaquille O’Neal

Teamed with DeWanna Bonner (fifth) as the only duo of teammates to rank in the top-5 in scoring this season

Teamed with DeWanna Bonner (25 pts) and Leilani Mitchell (28 pts) to become the first trio of teammates to each score 25+ points in a single game on August 4, 2019…Griner scored 30 points

Named to the WNBA All-Defensive Second Team

Named to the All-WNBA First Team

Named to the Associated Press All-WNBA First Team

Named an All-Star for the sixth time in her career…has been named an All-Star in all six of the seven years an All-Star game has taken place (no All-Star game in 2016 due to Olympics)…dunked three times in All-Star game in Las Vegas in 2019

Named Western Conference Player of the Week twice in 2019: July 8 after averaging 30.5 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks on the week and on September 3 after averaging 25.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks on the week…has won the award eight times in her career, the second-most in franchise history

Named Western Conference Player of the Month for the month of August after averaging 22.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks during the month…first time Griner has won the award and just the second time in franchise history a player has received the honor (Diana Taurasi four times)

In addition to leading the league in scoring and blocks per game, ranked in the top-10 in scoring (6th – 20.5 ppg), field goals (1st – 270), field goal attempts (6th – 479), field goal percentage (2nd – 56.4 percent) and efficiency (2nd – 23.0)

Recorded four 30+ point games this season…now has 13 in her career with six coming in 2017

Mercury is 9-4 in the last two seasons when Griner has scored 30+ points (1-3 in 2019)

Scored 20 or more points a career-high 19 times on the season…scored 10 or more points in all but two of the 29 games she appeared in (scored four season on June 6 at Minnesota and six points on August 1 at Connecticut in just 11 minutes of play)…led the team in 20+ point games this season

Recorded 15 or more points in the Mercury’s final eight games of the season, tying her career high of consecutive 15+ point games…also did so in 2018

Recorded the fourth-ever time a player has recorded at least 29 points, 14 rebounds, 3 blocks and 14 made field goals in WNBA history on August 27 in New York…Griner accounts for two of them

Recorded 26 points, 9 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 blocks in the Mercury’s game on August 4…2018-19 NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was the only player during the 2018-19 NBA season to put up such numbers in a game, while only four NBA centers since 1990 have done so as well (Shaquille O’Neal, Hakeem Olajuwon, David Robinson, Jusuf Nurkić)

Moved up to 45th on the WNBA’s all-time scoring list in 2019 and now sits at 3,667 career points

Recorded three double-doubles on the season…now stands at 40 in her career, which ranks second on Mercury’s all-time double-doubles list

Led the league in blocks per game for a seventh consecutive season with a 2.0 average (tied with Jonquel Jones)…Griner broke a tie with Margo Dydek to become the only player in WNBA history to have led the league in blocks per game in seven consecutive seasons…Dydek still holds lead for most seasons leading the league in blocks per game with 8

Knocked down her second career three-pointer on August 4 against Washington

Averaged a career-high 2.4 assists in 2019

Finished with six points, three rebounds and one block in just 14 minutes of action in the Mercury’s lone playoff game on September 11 at Chicago…suffered a knee injury in the second quarter

2018 SEASON

Averaged 20.5 points, becoming the first true center in WNBA history to average 20+ points in back-to-back seasons and the ninth overall player in league history to do so

Averaged 20+ points, 7+ rebounds and 2+ blocks for a second consecutive season…since 2010, Anthony Davis (2014-18) is the only NBA player to average these numbers in consecutive seasons…in addition to Davis, the only NBA players since 2000-01 season to average such numbers are Dwight Howard, Tim Duncan, Elton Brand, Jermaine O’Neal and Shaquille O’Neal

Combined for 1,967 total points with Diana Taurasi and DeWanna Bonner in 2018, setting the mark for most points scored in a season by a trio of teammates in WNBA history…the trio’s 87 combined points against Washington on August 7 was the most points scored by a trio of teammates in a non-overtime game in WNBA history

Named an All-Star for the fifth time in her career…has been named an All-Star in all five of the six years an All-Star game has taken place (no All-Star game in 2016 due to Olympics)

In addition to leading the league in blocks per game, ranked in the top-10 in scoring (6th – 20.5 ppg), rebounding per game (8th – 7.7), field goals (3rd – 266), field goal attempts (5th – 484), field goal percentage (8th – 54.4 percent), free throws (4th – 164), free throw attempts (3rd – 205) and player efficiency rating (10th – 23.9)

Set career highs in field goal attempts (25), three-point field goals (1), three-point field goal attempts (2), and assists (7) this season

With her three 30-point, 10-rebound performances in 2018, she tied her own single season franchise record that she set in 2017

Recorded three 30+ point games this season…now has nine in her career with six coming in 2017

Mercury is 8-1 in the last two seasons when Griner has scored 30+ points (2-1 in 2018)

Scored 20 or more points a career-high 17 times on the season…scored 10 or more points in all but one of the 34 games she appeared in (scored nine points in final game of season on August 19 vs. New York)…finished second on team in 20+ point performances behind only Diana Taurasi

Recorded 15 or more points in a career-high eight consecutive games spanning from May 20-June 12…previous high was six in 2017

Recorded a career-high 10 double-doubles on the season, surpassing her old previous high of eight in 2015…Mercury’s all-time double-doubles leader with 37

Grabbed 10 or more rebounds 10 times, the most double-digit rebounding efforts in a season in her career

Matched her career high in rebounds (18) on August 17 against Atlanta, which she has now done three times

Led the league in blocks per game for a sixth-consecutive season with a 2.6 average… Only Griner and Margo Dydek have led the league in blocks per game in three or more consecutive seasons (Dydek-8)

Led the league in total blocks for the fifth time in her career with 87 blocks, 20 more than second place (Natasha Howard-67)…finished second in 2017 with 65 blocks after missing eight games to injury (Elizabeth Williams and Sylvia Fowles each tallied 67 blocks in 34 games each)

Notched a season-high seven blocks twice this season (June 10 vs. Las Vegas, August 17 vs. Atlanta)…finished with five or more blocks four times and three or more blocks 16 times

Named Western Conference Player of the Week on June 10 after averaging 23.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 4.0 blocks on the week…has won the award six times in her career

Recorded her first career three-pointer on June 5 at New York

Averaged a career-high 2.1 assists in 2018

Averaged a career-high 21.6 points in the playoffs, while matching her career high in rebounds per game (8.0) during the Mercury’s seven postseason games

Scored a playoff career-high 29 points in the Mercury’s 86-84 win over the Seattle Storm in Game 4 of the WNBA Semifinals on September 2…also made a career-high 12 field goals in that game, while also matching her postseason career high in rebounds (12)

Recorded a playoff career-high six assists at Seattle on September 4 in Game 5 of the WNBA Semifinals

2017 SEASON

Won the WNBA’s Peak Performance Award in scoring after leading the league in scoring with a 21.9 ppg average…finished as the only WNBA player to average over 20 points per game during the 2017 season…became the first true center in WNBA history to lead the league in scoring

Named Western Conference Player of the Week two times during the season…has won the award five times in her career

Named an All-Star for the fourth time in her career…did not play in the game due to injury…has been named an All-Star in all four of the years an All-Star game has taken place (no All-Star game in 2016 due to Olympics)

Scored a career-high 38 points at Indiana on June 7 in an overtime thriller…finished 15-of-19 (78.9-percent) from the field and eight-of-10 from the free throw line

Led the league in 30+ point games this season with six…entered the season with zero 30+ point games throughout her first four seasons

Scored 20 or more points 14 times on the season…scored 10 or more points in all but two of the 26 games she appeared in

Mercury finished 6-0 in games Griner scored 30 or more points…team went 11-1 in games Griner scored 25 points or more

Recorded 15 or more points in a career-high six consecutive games spanning from July 5-August 12…missed eight games in that stretch due to injury

Set career highs in field goals (15), field goals attempted (20), free throws (12), and points (38) this season

With her three 30-point, 10-rebound performances in 2017, she surpassed Diana Taurasi (two) for the most such games in team history

Surpassed DeWanna Bonner (26) for the second most double-doubles (27) in franchise history…trails only Candice Dupree’s mark of 32 career double-doubles

Became the first player in WNBA history to tally at least 80 points (89), 30 rebounds (31) and 15 blocks (15) through the first four games of the season

Led the league in blocks per game for a fifth-consecutive season with a 2.5 average… Only Griner and Margo Dydek have led the league in blocks per game in three or more consecutive seasons (Dydek-8)…after leading league in total blocks the last four seasons, finished with the second-most this season (65) after missing eight games due to injury (Elizabeth Williams and Sylvia Fowles each tallied 67 blocks in 34 games each)

Notched a season-high six blocks twice this season (May 23 vs. New York, July 9 vs. New York)…finished with five or more blocks four times, four or more blocks eight times and three or more blocks 12 times

Recorded the only two dunks of the 2017 WNBA regular season on July 12 vs. Atlanta and June 23 at Seattle, bumping her WNBA record for dunks total to 10

In addition to leading the league in scoring and blocks per game, ranked third in field goal percentage (.577), ninth in rebounding per game (7.6), fourth in made free throws (155), fourth in free throw attempts (191) and ranked second in player efficiency rating (28.7)

Recorded six double-doubles in 2017, extending her career double-double total to 27

Missed eight-straight games after suffering a left knee bone bruise and right ankle sprain during the Mercury’s game against the Lynx on July 14

Led the team in scoring during the playoffs, averaging a playoff career-best 20.2 points per game…also led the team in rebounding (7.0 rpg) and blocks per game (1.6) in five games

Scored a playoff career-high 26 points in the Mercury’s 88-83 win at Connecticut on September 10…also recorded playoff career highs in free throws (12) and free throw attempts (14), as well as field goal attempts (16) in the game

2016 SEASON

Finished the season with WNBA-best 107 blocks, 28 more  than Elizabeth Williams of Atlanta who finished second in the WNBA (79)

Notched a season-high eight blocks at Atlanta on July 3…finished with six or more blocks five times, five or more blocks nine times and three or more blocks 17 times

Led the league in blocks average (3.15) for fourth-straight year, while also leading league in total blocks for fourth consecutive year…Only Griner and Margo Dydek have led the league in blocks in four or more consecutive seasons (Dydek-6)

Became just second player (Dydek) in league history with 100 or more blocks in three consecutive seasons

After Olympic break, averaged 17.0 points, 7.6 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in 10 games, shooting 59-percent from field (before Olympic break, averaged 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in 24 games, shooting 52.7-percent from field)

Recorded only dunk of 2016 WNBA season on September 2 at Connecticut, her league-record eighth career dunk

Nearly recorded a triple-double at Atlanta on July 3, finishing with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 8 blocks

In addition to leading league in total blocks and blocks per game, ranked eighth in field goal percentage (.548), 13th in scoring (14.5) and rebounding per game (6.5) and finished eighth in both made free throws (138) and free throw attempts (166)

Recorded two double-doubles in 2016, extending her career double-double total to 21

Scored a career-high 29 points at Connecticut on September 2, shooting 10-of-15 from the field and 9-of-11 from the FT line

Scored 20 or more points in nine games…recorded six 20 or more point games in 2015, five in 2014 and two during her rookie season

Tallied double-figure points in 26-of-34 (68.4-percent) games she played in… did so in 23 of her 26 games in 2015 and in 30 of her 34 games in 2014

Finished the season scoring 15 or more points in a career-high tying five consecutive games…also did so from July 15-26, 2014

Finished two rebounds shy of tying her career high in a single game on September 13 at LA, finishing with 16 boards in the game

Averaged 13.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in five WNBA Playoff games and connected on 64.3 percent (27-of-42) of her shot attempts…Double-double at New York in second round of WNBA Playoffs with 22 points and 10 rebounds

2015 SEASON

Finished the season with 38 more blocks than Kiah Stokes of New York who finished second in the WNBA in blocked shots with 67
Notched a season-high nine blocks at Minnesota on August 30…finished with seven or more blocks four times, six or more blocks seven times and five or more blocks 11 times
Missed the first seven games of the season due to a league suspension
Set the WNBA record for the highest blocks per game average in a single season, averaging 4.00 blocks per contest…previous record was 3.80 in 1998 (Dydek)
Led the WNBA in field goal percentage (.565), total blocks (105) and blocks per game (4.0); Tied for 5th in rebounds per game (8.1); 8th in points per game (15.1)
Recorded eight double-doubles for the second-straight season, extending her career double-double total to 19
Scored 20 or more points in six games… recorded five 20 or more point games in 2014 and two during her rookie season
Recorded a career-high six offensive rebounds on August 4 against Tulsa…finished with 13 rebounds in the game
Tallied double-figure points in 23-of-26 (88.5 percent) games she played in…did so in 30 of her 34 games in 2014
Scored in double-figures in 11 consecutive games (June 27 – July 30)
Recorded three-straight double-doubles against Tulsa (8/4), Minnesota (8/7) and Chicago (8/9), earning her WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week honors on August 10
Averaged 16.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 4.5 blocks in four WNBA Playoff games and connected on 58.3 percent (21-of-36) of her shot attempts

2014 SEASON
Finished the season with more blocked shots than eight of the other 11 WNBA teams…..blocked more shots or the same number of shots than the opposing team in the first seven games of the season and in 27 games total…..finished the season with 72 more blocks than Jessica Breland of Chicago who finished second in the WNBA in blocked shots with 57
Averaged 3.79 blocks per game, the second-highest single-season average in WNBA history (Dydek, 1998, 3.80)
Finished the season ranked 2nd in the WNBA in field goal percentage (.578); 4th in field goals (219); 10th in scoring (15.6 ppg) and 10th in rebounding (8.0 rpg)…..started all 34 games
Recorded eight double-doubles this season after only three her rookie season (27 games)
On June 20 vs. Tulsa, scored a career-high 28 points on 12-of-15 shooting alongside six blocked shots
Scored 15 or more points 19 times…..did so only nine times her rookie season…..scored 20 or more points five times….did so only two times her rookie season
Tallied double-figure points in 30 of 34 games (88.2 percent) this season…..did so in 18 of 27 games (66.7 percent) last year
Scored in double-figures in 16 consecutive games (July 6 – August 12)
Set a career-high with 18 rebounds twice: June 7 at San Antonio and June 18 vs. Minnesota
Connected on a career-high 10-of-12 free throws on May 30 vs. Tulsa
Averaged 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.4 blocks in seven WNBA Playoff games…..missed Game 3 of the WNBA Finals after suffering an injury to her right eye in Game 2 of the Finals
In the Western Conference Finals vs. Minnesota, averaged 16.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.43 blocks…..scored 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting in the series-clinching win
Established a WNBA Finals record with eight blocked shots in Game 1…..also set a WNBA Finals record for blocked shots in a quarter with five in the first quarter of Game 1

COLLEGE CAREER
Owns NCAA records for career blocked shots with 748 (the most of any men’s or women’s player) and dunks by a female player (18)
Ranks second on the NCAA Division I women’s scoring list with 3,283 career points
First NCAA player to record 2,000 points and 500 blocks in a career
During the 2012-13 season, led NCAA Division I women’s basketball in field goal percentage (.607)
Scored a Big 12-record 50 points during her senior night game on May 4, 2013
AP National Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013, just the third player in history to win the award in back-to-back seasons
Big 12 Player of the Year (2011, 2012, 2013)
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
All-Big 12 First Team (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
All-Big 12 Defensive Team (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
Naismith Trophy, Wade Trophy and Wooden Award winner in 2012 and 2013
WBCA Women’s Defensive Player of the Year (2011, 2012, 2013)
WBCA All-Region (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
USBWA Player of the Year in 2012 and 2013
2012 ESPN.com National Player of the Year
Most Outstanding Player (MOP) NCAA Championship, Final Four (2012)
MOP NCAA Championship, Des Moines Regional (2012)
2011 All-Tournament NCAA Championship, Dallas Regional
2012 Honda Cup winner
2010 USBWA Freshman of the Year
2010 Big 12 Freshman of the Year

INTERNATIONAL/NATIONAL TEAM

2016 Olympic gold medalist

Two-time FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup golf medalist (2018, 2014)…named Player of the game in the gold medal game in win over Liz Cambage and Australia In 2018…named to “All-Star Five” team in 2014

Played for UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia for a fourth consecutive WNBA offseason in 2018-19…led the team to a second-straight EuroLeague Title and was named the Final Four MVP…averaged team-high 15.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in EuroLeague play, while averaging 18.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 17 Russian League games

Played for UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia for the third-straight WNBA offseason in 2017-18…help guide team to the EuroLeague Title, averaging 16.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game…averaged 19.6 points and 6.1 rebounds in Russian League games

Played alongside Mercury teammate Diana Taurasi for the second consecutive season with UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia…ranked sixth in the EuroLeague in scoring (16.1 ppg), while leading the league in blocks per game (2.4 bpg)

Played for UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia during the 2015-16 offseason alongside Mercury teammate Diana Taurasi…averaged 12.2 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game…Scored 12 points and grabbed six rebounds in a winning effort during the EuroLeague Title game

Won the gold medal with Team USA at the 2014 FIBA World Championships for Women in Turkey…..averaged 12.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks while shooting 66.7-percent (30-of-45) throughout the six game tournament

Named to the 2014 FIBA World Championships “All-Star Five” team

Spent the 2014-15 off-season playing for Beijing in China averaging 21.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.8 blocks in 30 games

Spent the 2013-14 off-season playing for Zhejiang in China where she averaged 24.1 points and 10.3 rebounds

Recorded seven 30-point games in her first season with Zhejiang

Was the only collegiate player to participate in the 2011 USA Women’s Basketball Training Camp in Las Vegas, Nev…..Teammate Diana Taurasi was also a participant and former Mercury Head Coach Corey Gaines served as a camp instructor

Played on the 2011 European Tour with USA Basketball, averaging 12.8 points and 7.3 rebounds

PERSONAL
Wears men’s size 17 shoes
Hand size is 9.5 inches, wider than LeBron James (9.25”)
Wingspan is 7-feet, 3.5-inches, longer than NBA center Andrew Bynum (7’ 3’’)
Standing vertical reach is nine feet
Loves extreme sports and longboarding, idolizes Tony Hawk
Favorite food is bacon
Favorite movie is The Notebook
She has two pet snakes (Audii and Sage) and a dog (Major)
Daughter of Ray and Sandra Griner
Says her father is her role model and if she weren’t playing basketball, she would follow in his footsteps and become a police officer
Three older siblings, D, Shkera, and Pier

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