WACO, Texas (AP) — Brittney Griner is going to temporarily trade her longboard for a surfboard, and coach Kim Mulkey was flashing a "Hang Loose" sign and talking about how much fun top-ranked Baylor is going to have in Hawaii.
The 6-foot-8 two-time All-American plans to try surfing, along with a team snorkeling adventure and visits by the Lady Bears to Pearl Harbor and a wounded warriors unit at Schofield Barracks in Honolulu.
But the main reason the defending national champion Lady Bears will be in Hawaii is for the Rainbow Wahine Tournament that begins Friday with an NCAA semifinal rematch against fourth-ranked Stanford.
Baylor (2-0) has won 42 games in a row since losing an NCAA regional final to Texas A&M in March 2011. The Lady Bears beat Stanford 59-47 in Denver last April, ending the Cardinals' school-record 32-game winning streak.