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Brittney Griner is going into her senior season at Baylor looking for another national championship.

The 6-foot-8 dunking Griner is already a two-time All-American for the Lady Bears, who return every starter from the NCAAs first 40-win team. She is the only NCAA player with 2,000 career points and 500 blocked shots.

Yet, there is still one area where Griner doesn’t excel in basketball.

“About the only sport that I know how to play on a video game is golf,” said Griner, who took a liking to the links during a P.E. class her sophomore year. “I’m trash at basketball.”

Unfortunately for opponents, they will have to go against Griner on the court – not sitting in front of a video screen with game controllers in their hands.

Coach Kim Mulkey’s Lady Bears had a clean sweep last season, going undefeated and being the No. 1 team all season.

The first four teams in the preseason poll are traditional powers in women’s basketball. Will they be part of the Women’s Final Four in New Orleans five months from now?

Connecticut made it back to the Final Four year last season even with Maya Moore playing in the WNBA. The second-ranked Huskies have four returning starters, and get a boost with standout sophomore Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis now a starter. There also is a talented freshman trio led by Breanna Stewart expected to contribute immediately while also setting UConn up for plenty of future success.

Coach Geno Auriemma keeps saying his team is “really, really, really good,” and he believes UConn can win it all.

Led by junior guard Chelsea Gray and sophomore post Elizabeth Williams, third-ranked Duke returns four starters and its top-six scorers from last season’s team that won 27 games before losing to Stanford in a regional final. The Blue Devils are still looking for their first Final Four under coach sixth-year coach Joanne P. McCallie.

No. 4 Stanford has been a regular at the Final Four, like UConn making the last five. But coach Tara Van Derveer and the Cardinal are still looking for their first national championship since 1992.

The Cardinal still have one Ogwumike – 6-3 junior forward Chiney, a preseason All-American after the graduation of All-America older sister Nnemkadi. But Chiney is surrounded by six players coming off their freshman seasons.

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