Brittney Yevette Griner (born October 18, 1990) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Mercury in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) and in Russia for UMMC Ekaterinburg.
She played college basketball at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
Griner played college basketball at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
As a freshman, Griner's 223 blocked shots set the all-time single-season record, establishing her as one of the greatest shot blockers in women's basketball history.
Starting in her sophomore year, Griner practiced with the boys' basketball team, and worked with a Nimitz football coach to develop her leg strength in preparation for learning to dunk.In the 2015 playoffs, Griner set a WNBA playoff record with 11 blocks (along with 18 points and 8 reobunds) in a game 1 victory against the Tulsa Shock, whom she also had 11 blocks against in a regular season game the year before.The Mercury would advance to the second round where they would get swept by the Minnesota Lynx who would win the championship that year.During the season, Griner had recorded the sixth triple-double in WNBA history in a win against the Atlanta Dream where she had 27 points, 10 rebounds and 10 blocks.With the WNBA's new playoff format in effect, the Mercury were the number 8 seed in the league as they faced the Indiana Fever in the first round.
During her senior year, Griner led the Nimitz Cougars to the Texas 5A girls basketball state championship game, where Nimitz lost 52–43 to Mansfield Summit High School.