Duke's Alison Bales had held the previous record of 30 blocks in the 2006 NCAA Women's Tournament.
and The 2012 Premier Player of Women's College Basketball.
The Mercury would advance to the second round where they would get swept by the Minnesota Lynx who would win the championship that year.
Griner would flourish in her rookie season, being named a WNBA all-star and would be a dominant defensive force in the league, averaging 3.0 blocks per game.
On March 22, Griner set an NCAA tournament record with 14 blocked shots in a 49–33 win against the Georgetown Hoyas.
In the Elite Eight, Baylor defeated Duke 51–48, and Griner blocked 9 shots, totaling 35 for the tournament, a new NCAA Women's Tournament record.
In 2012, the three-time All-American was named the AP Player of the Year and the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.
Standing 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) tall, Griner wears a men's US size 17 shoe and has an arm span of 86 in (2.2 m).