Griner in cast after breaking wrist on longboard
WACO, Texas (AP) — Two-time All-America center Brittney Griner is recovering from a broken right wrist sustained in a longboard accident.
Coach Kim Mulkey told The Associated Press on Wednesday night that Griner will be in a cast for four weeks.
The school released no other details about the injury on the longboard, an elongated skateboard. Mulkey was attending an awards banquet in New York City on Tuesday night when she first revealed Griner was hurt.
The injury comes only weeks after Griner finished her junior season and the Lady Bears ended the first 40-win season in NCAA history with their second national championship.
Griner averaged 23.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.2 blocks per game. She was the first Baylor player to be named the AP women’s college basketball player of the year, and was also recognized as the top women’s player with the John R. Wooden Award.
Griner last month withdrew from consideration for the 12th and final spot to play for the U.S. women’s basketball team at the London Olympics this summer. Griner cited a family illness and her summer school schedule for her decision not to participate. She averaged 12.8 points and 7.3 rebounds a game during the 2011 European Tour with USA Basketball.
In her three seasons at Baylor, Griner has averaged 21.6 points and 8.6 rebounds a game with a Big 12-record 594 blocked shots. She is the first NCAA player with 2,000 career points and 500 blocked shots.
Griner dunked twice in this year’s NCAA tournament, matching Candace Parker for most dunks by a woman in NCAA tournament play and during a college career (seven).