The 6-foot-8 junior phenom was a unanimous selection to The Associated Press’ All-America team Tuesday, a day after leading unbeaten Baylor to its second Final Four in three seasons.
She is joined on the squad by Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike, Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne and Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas.
“That would be a very strong team,” Griner said. “I feel sorry for anyone who would have to play us.”
Griner, who was on the first team for the second consecutive year, has the Lady Bears two wins from becoming the first team to go 40-0.
“I would never have thought it would be like this. It’s amazing,” she said. “Sometimes you forget what you’ve done. You don’t sit back and enjoy it as you’re so focused on a goal.”
Griner has been incredible all season but has raised her game over the past month. She’s averaging 23.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 5.2 blocks this season.
Griner and Ogwumike received 200 points and were unanimous choices by the 40-member national media panel that votes in the weekly top 25.
It’s the first time since 2006 that no Tennessee or Connecticut players were on the first team.
Ogwumike, who averaged 22.3 points and 10.3 rebounds, had been on the second team the past two seasons and was thrilled to make the first team this year. Yet she was more excited that her sister Chiney earned second team honors.
“Not a lot of people can say they play with their sister and win an award,” the Stanford senior forward said. “I’m really proud of Chiney.”
The Ogwumikes became the first sisters to be All-Americans in the same season.
Diggins became the first Notre Dame player to make the first-team since Ruth Riley did it in 2000 and 2001. The junior guard was instrumental in helping the Irish win their first outright Big East regular season championship, averaging 16.6 points and 5.7 assists.
Also on the second team were Baylor sophomore Odyssey Sims, Miami senior Shenise Johnnson, Ohio State senior Samantha Prahalis and Wisconsin-Green Bay senior Julie Wotja.
The third-team members are Connecticut senior Tiffany Hayes, Kentucky junior A’dia Mathies, Duke freshman Elizabeth Williams, Tennessee senior Shekinna Stricklen and Miami senior Riquna Williams.