Other finalists are Glory Johnson of Tennessee, Chiney Ogwumike of Stanford, Devereaux Peters of Notre Dame and Elizabeth Williams of Duke.
The WBCA Division I Defensive Player of the Year award honors the best defensive collegiate Division I women's basketball player. All Division I conference defensive players of the year are eligible to be nominated for the award. A selection committee makes the final decision on the winner. If a conference does not select a defensive player of the year, the conference representative can nominate one player to be considered.
"The age-old adage, 'defense wins games,' still rings true and I think each of these women have taken that to heart as a finalist for this year's Defensive Player of the Year award," said WBCA Beth Bass. "I wish each of these ladies the best of luck at the WBCA Awards Show in Denver!"
Griner, a 6-foot-8 center, has led the Baylor Lady Bears, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA® Division I Women's Basketball Championship, to an undefeated 37-0 season so far, averaging 23.4 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. The junior also leads the nation in blocked shots with 190 (5.14 per game) and has recorded 16 double-doubles this season. Baylor plays Tennessee at 7 p.m. EDT today in the Des Moines Regional Final for a berth in the NCAA® Women's Final Four.
The winner will be announced during the WBCA Awards Show, which will be held at 5 p.m. MT Monday, April 2, in Denver. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA® Women's Final Four®.