Phoenix Mercury superstar and women’s basketball icon Brittney Griner is set to have her #42 jersey retired at Baylor University, where she had an outstanding college career in the early 2010s. The ceremony is scheduled for Feb. 18, when Baylor hosts Texas Tech at Foster Pavilion in Waco.
Griner’s jersey would have been retired earlier if her relationship with former head coach Kim Mulkey had been better. However, Mulkey left Baylor in 2021. There was hope the ceremony would take place during the 2021/22 college basketball season, but Griner was detained in Russia for marijuana possession for most of 2022 and only returned to the United States in December of that year.
During her four-year college career, Griner became one of the most dominant women’s college basketball players of all time. She scored 3,283 points and led Baylor to an undefeated 40-0 season in 2012, winning a national championship. Griner is still the NCAA’s all-time leader with 748 career blocks and has led the WNBA in blocks per game eight times since entering the league in 2013. She also won a WNBA title in 2014 and played in the Finals in 2021.
Griner expressed her excitement at returning to Waco for the jersey retirement ceremony, saying, “I’m honored to return home to Baylor and celebrate where so much of my journey started.” She signed off with a “Sic ‘Em, Bears,” in reference to Baylor’s mascot.
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