Brittney Griner Fuels NBA Speculation With 50 Points, Dunk In Final Home Game

Nathan Francis

Brittney Griner fueled NBA speculation and padded her resume for the greatest women's basketball player of all time with a 50-point outburst against Kansas State on Monday.

Griner, who also dunked in the contest, looked unstoppable as she scored on 21-for-28 from the field and led Baylor to the 90-68 victory. The Baylor star moved into second place on the all-time Division I scoring list with 3,123 points.

While many of Brittney Griner's accomplishments --- her personal marks and her leading Baylor to a championship last year --- have come on neutral grounds, her 50-point game came before a raucous home crowd. Baylor attracted a record-tying home crowd of 10,627 for Griner's final home game.

As Kyle Ringo of Yahoo! Sports points out, the performance helps cement Brittney Griner among the all-time greats in women's basketball:

"Baylor has enjoyed unprecedented success with Griner on the court, which is a big component of the argument for her being the best ever. Baylor completed a second-straight undefeated conference season tonight and has won 46 consecutive Big 12 games. The Conference has been widely regarded as one of the two best leagues in the women's game throughout Griner's career."

The performance was enough for Brittney Griner to restart questions of whether she could enter the NBA Draft. While it would admittedly be close to impossible for a 6-foot-8 center to make it in the NBA, Griner is the first women's player to legitimately enter the conversation of crossing over into the men's game (which was largely discussed during last year's undefeated season for Baylor).

Bleacher Report columnist Alex Kay wrote last year that Griner should declare for the NBA Draft, becoming the first player to try for the NBA since the Indiana Pacers inked Ann Meyers to a $50,000 dollar contract to try out for the team in 1979.

Griner's 50-point game certainly got the attention of NBA players who congratulated her on Twitter.

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