NCAA Women's Basketball Bracket 2012: Contenders That Can Take Down Baylor

Scott Semmler@@ScottSemmler22Analyst IIMarch 25, 2012

SAN ANTONIO - APRIL 04:  Center Brittney Griner #42 of the Baylor Bears is pressured by Tina Charles #31 and Caroline Doty #5 of the Connecticut Huskies during the Women's Final Four Semifinals at the Alamodome on April 4, 2010 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Baylor seems to be the legitimate favorite to win the NCAA Women's Championship, seeing as how they went the entire season without being defeated, but there are a few teams that match up very well with Brittney Griner and the Bears.

Of course, the first part of game-planning for Baylor would be to somehow stop Griner. There are not many professional teams that could stop her, let alone a collegiate team trying to make it to the Final Four.

However, some team may find a way around beating Griner, and that may be by simply exploiting the rest of her team.

Here are teams that could take down the Baylor Bears.





The Cardinal do not have much height on their roster, but they may just have enough scoring ability to take down Griner and the Bears.

The Ogwumike sisters are good enough to play against anyone in the country, which is why Stanford is going to make their way to the National Championship.

If they can limit Griner in any way, they will have a chance.  Stanford can score and score in bunches, but it will take more than just that to take down Baylor.





It is hard to game-plan for Griner, but there are only a few coaches in the nation that can do just that.  UConn has one in Geno Auriemma, who has proven time and time again that he can prepare his team for nearly anything.

This year is a little different, though.  His team is a No. 1 seed, but they have yet to be considered worth a challenge against a team like Baylor.

It will take a superb effort if the Huskies wind up playing Baylor, but just not sure UConn has enough this season to take out a team of this caliber.





Some teams are ruled out of defeating Baylor based on the lack of height their roster has. Maryland is not one of those teams.  Their height is the biggest reason why they can stack up with Baylor if they are able to play each other.

The Terrapins have three players with the height to guard Griner: DeVaughn and Kiser — both 6'4", and Townsend — measuring in at 6'7".  Baylor better hope they do not play Maryland because this is one of the only teams in the country that can match the Bears punch for punch inside the paint