She finally did it again -- this time in the NCAA Tournament.
Griner became the second woman to dunk in an NCAA Tournament game last night, slamming one down with her right hand early in the second half of top-seeded Baylor's 76-57 win over ninth-seeded Florida.
The 6-8 junior phenom went nearly 12 minutes without scoring at the beginning of the game, but finished with 25 points, including the night's biggest highlight.
Griner went 8 of 14 from the field with nine rebounds and six blocks.
Odyssey Sims added 14 points for Baylor (36-0). Azania Stewart led Florida (20-13) with 14.
Baylor led 35-26 at halftime, but Griner was only beginning to assert herself. She scored eight points in the first half, including six in the final 3:56.
Griner began the second half with a turnaround and a layup. Then Kimetria Hayden came up with an offensive rebound near the basket and passed to an open Griner. The Baylor junior stepped toward the basket, stretched out her right arm and dunked for the first time since Feb. 19, 2011, at Texas Tech.
The Lady Bears led 41-28, and although Florida didn't crumble, the Gators were never really able to make a game of it down the stretch.
Griner began this tournament quietly, playing only 22 minutes in Baylor's first-round rout of UC Santa Barbara. She delighted the crowd Tuesday with her dunking display in warm-ups, at one point throwing down a two-handed effort and pulling herself up toward the rim.
When the game started, Griner was called for an early charging foul when she tried to dribble coast to coast following a defensive rebound. She didn't attempt a shot until about midway through the half and didn't score until a layup with 8:18 remaining.
The Gators used a zone defense to deny Griner the ball inside, and although Baylor led 26-11 at one point, Florida answered with a 9-0 run.
Griner then scored six quick points for the Lady Bears -- two free throws, a putback and a shot from out near the free- throw line. The Gators kept answering for the rest of the half, but that stretch was a sign of things to come for Griner.