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Brittney Griner tweets apology to Baylor fans after Sweet 16 loss

April 01, 2013|By Chuck Schilken
  • Baylor's Britney Griner addresses the media.
Baylor's Britney Griner addresses the media. (Sue Ogrocki / Associated…)

Baylor star Brittney Griner took to Twitter on Sunday night following the Lady Bears' shocking 82-81 loss to Louisville in the NCAA women's basketball tournament's round of 16.

She wasn't there to vent her frustrations about a Cardinals defense that prevented her from making a basket until 15:20 remaining in the second half.

She simply wanted to apologize:

It was certainly a disappointing finish for the defending champion Lady Bears, who had won 32 straight games and 74 of 75 behind Griner.

And it definitely was an uncharacteristically lackluster night for the 6-foot-8 standout, who had averaged 35 points in the first two games of the tournament, is the second-highest-scoring player in NCAA history and also holds the career records for blocks (748) and dunks (18).

Griner was held to 14 points, 10 rebounds and two blocked shots against Louisville. She also fouled Louisville's Monique Reid with 2.6 seconds left and Baylor clinging to a one-point lead. Reid made both shots to win the game for the Cardinals and end Griner's storied college career a bit earlier than expected.

Just days earlier, Griner tweeted at halftime during Baylor's blowout win against Florida State:

On Monday morning, Griner was back on Twitter, in a more upbeat and reflective mood than the night before:

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