Tuesday night, Baylor University’s women’s basketball team won the NCAA championship, capping off an astonishing 40-win, undefeated season.

Led by junior Brittney Griner, who scored 26 points and grabbed 13 ‘boards, the Lady Bears defeated Notre Dame in a battle of the best teams in the nation.

Although Griner has dazzled fans with her dunks, and won just about every award a player can win–AP Player of the Year, First team All-American, Big 12 Player of the Year, and the list goes on–she has vowed to return to Baylor for her senior year instead of jumping ship to the WNBA.

Despite their impressive victory, the season hasn’t been a cake-walk for the Bears. Baylor’s coach Kim Mulkey struggled with Bell’s palsy during the tournament, but Griner was happy her team could win the title for their beloved coach.

“It meant everything for us to get it for coach,” she said. “She felt like she wasn’t there for us, but we told her every second that we could hear here loud and clear, everything she was saying.”

Although Griner will probably be listed among the best players in women’s college ball, she said she’ll always remember this win.

“Looking back when we get older, I’m always going to remember this moment, always going to remember confetti falling and being here with my team,” she said.

Congrats Lady Bears!

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  • jazzyphile

    The Lady Bears should have won the championship last year, too!

    • Mia

      Nope, the Aggies deserved their championship win last year. Baylor was good, but it was A&M’s time. Those ladies worked extremely hard to beat all the odds and come out on top. They did very well this year too, but fell short against Maryland. While it would have been nice to see them win again, I’m happy that another Texas team earned the title.

  • shug avery

    @ jazzyphile, agreed!

    griner is one of the greatest women to ever play basketball and she has incredible poise, the comments about whether she’s a man or woman is disheartening to see but i’ve supported her since i watched her play during her freshman year.

  • Bee

    While I detest sports, I sat through a few of these games, and THEY ARE GOOD! Congrats to them!

  • Lurker

    Congrats! This is great news. Awesome. Go Baylor!

  • Mina

    Congrats, Baylor Lady Bears!