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It was by far the largest upset in women’s basketball history. When fifth seed Louisville Cardinals defeated number one seed and defending national champion, Baylor Bears, in this year’s Sweet 16 round of the NCAA 2013 Women’s Division I championship, time stood still as people gawked in disbelief.
The Louisville women won five games to get to the final national championship battle against Connecticut, but it didn’t come easy, and no one expected them to be there. There was one team, one person, in the way: Baylor Bears Brittney Griner. Like David and Goliath, Louisville needed to defeat Brittney, whose 6′ 8″ frame, a giant among women, practically shut down every team she played against. The odds were stacked against them. Brittany, the giant, took away the hope of many young ladies. She shut down other teams’ offensive strategies, blocked them from scoring, and was an obstacle to their success. (more…)