AWSM welcomes Brittney Griner, the 6-foot-8 Baylor center who was selected by the Phoenix Mercury with the top overall pick in the WNBA draft, to June’s conference in Arizona.
“A conversation with Brittney Griner” will be hosted by ESPN’s Holly Rowe during AWSM’s opening-night dinner, set for June 20 at Culinary Dropout at the Scottsdale Waterfront. The dinner follows a cocktail reception at the Ziegler Fiesta Bowl Museum.
“Brittney Griner, after winning the national championship last year, should have erased any doubt as the greatest to ever play the game. Why is she the greatest? Because she impacts both ends of the floor.”
— Baylor coach Kim Mulkey (New York Times)
“She’s definitely going to be a player that changes the game as we know it today.”
— Phoenix Mercury coach Corey Gaines (Arizona Republic)
“She certainly is different than anyone playing the position in the WNBA right now. That makes it almost a guarantee that she will have a different impact than anyone else has had. No one has come into the league like her – ever.”
— Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma (Hartford Courant)
Griner finished her collegiate career with 3,283 points – second most in Division I history – and 748 blocks – the most in women’s or men’s Division I history. She also dunked a women’s record 18 times. Baylor won 135 of 150 games, including a national championship, during her time with the Bears.
Rowe joined ESPN on a regular basis in 1998 but had previously worked as a sideline reporter for select ESPN telecasts in 1997 and for ABC Sports from 1995-96. She primarily covers college football, basketball and softball as a reporter, as well as the NBA and WNBA. A Utah graduate, she also has provided play-by-play for various sports and events, including the women’s World Cup.
Photo by Barry Gossage/Phoenix Mercury.